Sunday, April 15, 2007

Supply Our Soldiers Act of 2007

I recently read about the upcoming increase in postage rates through USPS and was immediately struck by the impact the $1 per box increase will have on many families. And, as is usually the case, it will be the troops that feel the impact.
My first thought was to start fundraising -- most likely establish a non-profit -- that has a single purpose of raising money to supply military families with postage. For families only sending one box per week, the increase will amount to an additional $52 per year but that can be hard to come by in many cases. These families are already spending nearly $425 on stamps, just for these boxes.
While the intentions of doing something are still uppermost in my mind and I am still trying to formulate a method of delivery that will not spawn postage abuse, I have come across the following bill that has been introduced to the house.
This bill should be passed -- and without delay. It only provides for one package per week but, more importantly, it DOES provide for one package per week. It would be such a help to the military families that are struggling. It doesn't eradicate a need for my plan either but lessens the immediate necessity. I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions on organizing a 'postage for the troops' funding entity.


"Supply Our Soldiers Act of 2007 (Introduced in House)

HR 1439 IH
1st Session
H. R. 1439
To provide for free mailing privileges for personal correspondence and parcels sent to members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.
March 9, 2007"

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1 comment:

vause said...

One of the best gifts a soldier can recieve is a letter or a care package from back home. It makes each one of them feel loved. Keep up the good work informing us with these new ideas.