Since the beginning of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach fourteen years ago, we have seen postage increase 11 times. Recently, a story aired on WPBF Channel 25 News with Representative Brian Mast discussing the USPS making a profit of over $6.8 million dollars on military APO care packages.
This is outrageous that the USPS can make such a profit on our deployed military service members that provide us with our freedom at home in the United States of America. Many of these care packages are full of much needed and requested items, due to servicemembers not necessarily having direct access to a PX or commissary. In addition, the morale boost and connection to home is an important part of their mental wellness.
It’s often impossible for many of the families of service members to afford sending a care package with all the items requested, and then pay outrageous postage in addition to those costs. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach fills those voids by assisting families of deployed military with financial hardships by registering their loved ones to receive our monthly “We Care” packages. Chaplains and commanding officers may also register those who receive no mail from home. Thus, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is continuously having to raise funds to be able to cover the shipping costs.
Instead of postage price hikes, at the very minimum, the USPS should provide anyone sending to a deployed service member with an APO FOB AE address a sizeable discount.