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How can you send gifts to U.S. Army personnel stationed in Kabul?

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To send gifts to United States Army personnel stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, confirm that it meets the requirements of the service member's unit, accurately complete the customs form and address the package with the service member's full name, unit name and Army Post Office address. Mail sent to U.S. military addresses is considered domestic mail and senders pay the domestic cost. Senders should not list the destination country as the address on packages sent to military members overseas.

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Care packages sent using Priority Mail typically take 10 to 14 days to reach deployed military personnel, although times can vary. The packages should not include any perishable items if sent to warm climates during the summer months. Military personnel stationed in Kabul cannot accept items that may be offensive to Islam, such as alcohol, pork or materials based on other religions. If the package weighs less than 70 pounds and measures less than 130 total inches, it can be mailed for free through the Military Postal Service, as of 2016.

Some good options for care packages include powdered drink mixes, protein bars, travel size personal care products, socks and phone cards. These are generally accepted by most overseas units, but senders should check with the recipient before mailing the package. Senders can also add personal items, such as letters, photographs and scrapbooks.

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