WAR IN IRAQ 2003: Families' Free Mail to Loved Ones in the Gulf

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), April 11, 2003 | Go to article overview

WAR IN IRAQ 2003: Families' Free Mail to Loved Ones in the Gulf


FAMILIES of British troops in the Gulf will be able to send parcels to their loved ones free of charge from next Thursday, the government said.

Prime Minister Tony Blair had promised families the free service after concerns were raised about the prohibitive cost of sending packages.

Armed forces minister Adam Ingram said all parcels up to two kilograms could be sent free to BFPO addresses in the Gulf.

Packets would be delivered "as soon as practicable" dep-ending on the operational situation.

Priority would be given to the delivery of letters - 'Blueys' and 'e- Blueys' - which were the main means of communication for families.

In a written statement, Mr Ingram said: "This service is designed for close family and friends. Packets can only be accepted addressed to named individual Services personnel.

"We would urge families to limit the number of packets they send so that the system works for everybody and does not become overloaded.

"We are working very hard to implement the new system and need to put mechanisms in place to handle the expected increase in mail.

"We hope that families will be patient in the interim period, since we still need to get essential stores and equipment to the Gulf to support the front line. …

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