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Australia: Care Packages For The Troops This Christmas

Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon said Defence has established dedicated postal addresses to enable Australians to send gifts to our personnel overseas for the Christmas period.

While the existing Australian Defence Force (ADF) postal service is set up for families of deployed personnel, Defence welcomes expressions of public support for ADF personnel deployed on overseas operations in the lead up to Christmas.

Mr Snowdon said the celebration of Christmas is an important time for the Australian community but especially so for those ADF, Australian Federal Police and other Australian Government agency personnel and families that are separated during Christmas by overseas operational deployments.

“To accommodate parcels and gifts from the Australian public, new Australian Forces Post Office numbers have been established. [see bottom of the release].

“These addresses will be functional until 15 December allowing Australia Post and Defence enough time to get the packages to deployed personnel – some of whom are serving in very remote locations overseas.

“Members of the public will be able to access all the information they need with regards to sending their packages, on the Defence website, Mr Snowdon said.

Alternatively, donations can also be made to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund, which has been sending pre-prepared care packages overseas to Australians on operations for many years. Links to this Fund, including instructions on how to donate, will be available on the ‘Support the Troops’ link on the Defence website.

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