No. With large numbers of service members deployed overseas this year, family members, friends and other Americans who want to support the military are asking about military mail service. A Department of Defense (DOD) News Release highlighted the cancellation of mail programs that allowed the general public to send mail addressed to “Any Service Member”. While these programs were very popular with the public, security concerns and transportation constraints with military mail led to their cancellation. As an alternative, the DOD News Release noted web sites that will post messages of encouragement and highlighted opportunities to support veterans and military families.
Sending donated items to the military or 'Any Service Member'
The Department of Defense (DoD) has become aware of organizations and individuals who solicit donations for care packages and use unit numbers and/or a list of service member names to send the packages to deployed forces. These programs are usually supported by well-intentioned and patriotic people who are simply unaware of the new risks facing deployed military forces. Some individuals and groups have even publicized the names of service members, ships or units on websites, without realizing that personal information may be used inappropriately. Visit the Defend America Home Page and go to “Support our Troops” to find DoD recommended ways to show your support.
Programs that allowed people to send mail to service members unknown to them were discontinued following the terrorist attacks of 2001. This includes the "Any Service Member" mail program for overseas military personnel. Mail to "Any Service Member" that is deposited into a Collection Box® will not be delivered.
If it has a valid return address it will be returned to sender.
Items without return addresses are opened in our Mail Recovery Center Network to determine the sender's address.
If it is impossible to determine the sender's address, items are sent to local charities.
Operation Shoebox (http://www.operationshoebox.com/) and Any Soldier (http://www.anysoldier.com) are privately run programs that accept donations and supplies to our troops engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As with all unsolicited donation or mailing programs, the DoD does not endorse or support this initiative, and urges helpful Americans to visit the America Supports You website at http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/index.aspx for a list of officially approved methods that they participate in to best support our troops.
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