Wednesday, March 05, 2008

America Supports You Caucus

Today, I joined over two dozen bipartisan Members in the House to form the America Supports You Caucus.

This caucus will highlight the America Supports You program, a Department of Defense initiative that connects individuals, organizations, and companies to hundreds of homefront groups that offer a variety of support to the military community.

Through the America Supports You program, people are sending care packages to soldiers, donating airline miles to help reunite returning military men and women with their families, supporting scholarship funds, and building homes for the wounded. These are just a few examples of the work this program is accomplishing for the veterans.

Because our men and women in uniform and their families deserve the best resources available before, during and after their service, I am excited to be a part of this new effort in Congress honoring their sacrifice to our country.

As an example of the positive partnerships resulting from the America Supports You program, John Potter, the Postmaster General recently announced the U.S. Postal Service’s new, larger flat-rate box for packages can be sent to military members and families stationed overseas for a reduced price.

The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate box is 50 percent larger than current flat-rate boxes, and for the first time in history, the Postal Service is offering a $2 discount when sending the larger box to an APO/FPO address, enabling customers to send more with one flat price

For more information about the America Supports You program through the Department of Defense or learn how you can get involved, please visit