Homefront gifts get a postage break

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's "Gifts From the Homefront" program reduces mailing expenses for those who want to send gifts to deployed troops, according to Army Echoes , a publication for retired soldier and their families.

To mail a seven-pound package sent first-class from the United States to Iraq costs $37. But for a flat-fee of $4.95 a gift certificate in any amount can be sent to a deployed soldier. The gift certificates can be redeemed at any military exchange.

"Gifts From the Homefront" can be sent to deployed troops by logging on to www.aafes.org or by calling 1-877-770-4438.

Gift certificates are not limited to friends and family, Army Echoes reported. They can be distributed to "any service member" through the Air Force Aid Society, American Red Cross, Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, Fisher House, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Operation Homefront, Operation Interdependence or USO.