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After having read the book a few months ago (I work for the publisher), I felt both inspired and compelled to send care packages. Brendan gave me the site www.anysoldier.com and told me to click on 'Where to Send' then 'Any Soldier Addresses'. I wanted to send to 2nd Platoon in Italy, so I chose 'Italy' as 'Where Unit Is From,' but this site allows you to send to any soldier anywhere. I was thrilled to spend my tax refund on this great cause!
That's awesome! Good for you! I know that feels great, and this is something I've been wanting to do for a long time but have gotten a bit hung up on how to go about it.
I actually found that site last year through some research I was compelled to do after watching Richard Engel's mini-documentary Tip of the Spear. I found the process of sending packages to be a bit confusing, though. There was so much information from various threads on the site that it became overwhelming. Some of the info was pretty straightforward, but other posts listed all these convoluted instructions. I began to be concerned that I would do it wrong and that my box might not reach its destination. So far as I can sensibly see, should there be anything more to it than getting the special Armed Forces bulk rate boxes from the USPS and sending to the AnySoldier.com representative and address (APO/FPO), once you request this info from the site? I understand all the info on what to send, how to pack it, etc. but just wasn't sure about the actual mailing part. Can you let me know how you went about it? I'd be most appreciative, as this is something I'm ready, willing, and able to do on a regular basis.
Thanks a bunch, Jill! It's nice to know I wasn't just being a dork about not figuring things out! : ) You were inspired by Sebastian's book - and so am I - and I'm also now inspired by you! Thanks so much for your help and your generous reply!