The deadline to mail a package to troops serving in the Middle East and have them receive it by Christmas is fast approaching.  You have until Dec. 3 to send a package to solders overseas by U.S. Postal Service. Rules have changed this year. A package must have a specific soldier’s name on the package. In past years, letters or packages could be addressed to “Any Service Member.” More information on how to address mail properly is at



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The price of Priority Mail flat rate boxes is also being reduced for sending packages to solders, says U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.). “This is the season of giving and we must not forget the brave service members who sacrifice so much for our freedom,” Kirk said. “Every American should make a conscious effort to support them in any way possible.”  Recommended items include crackers, canned pasta or soup, granola bars, foot powder, beef jerky, tune, lip balm, canned nuts, hot chocolate, coffee, socks, calling cards, eye drops, non-aerosol shaving cream, deodorant, baby wipes, pens and note pads, hand lotion, batteries, magazines and small paperback books.  Illinois Army Reserve Units and National Guard Units Deployed for the holidays:


•  822 MP CO; Arlington Heights (Army Reserve)

• 958th Transportation Company (MCT); Belleville (Army Reserve)

•  343rd Port Management Team; Belleville (Army Reserve)
• 814th MP CO (DET); Decatur (Army Reserve)

•  226th Port Management Team; Fort Sheridan (Army Reserve)

• A8 Bilateral Staff Team (BEST) (National Guard)
•  1644th Transportation Company; Rock Falls (National Guard)
•  661st Engineering Company; Sparta (National Guard)
• 1-14 Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) (National Guard)

Care package coordination can be facilitated through the Nation Guard’s Public Affairs Office at 217-761-3569.


(Illinois Radio Network)