Rep. MacArthur sent two letters on Feb. 5 seeking solutions to United States Postal Service (USPS) rate increases, which his office said have resulted from consolidation of postal centers that process APO/FPO military mail and subsequently created an increased financial burden for nonprofits that ship military care packages abroad. By consolidating five processing facilities located throughout the country into one located in Chicago, the USPS is in effect increasing the total amount nonprofits pay to send packages to troops overseas by increasing the initial domestic shipping distance and cost.
“I ask that the USPS reverse these rate changes so that nonprofit organizations can continue their efforts to support our military overseas,” MacArthur wrote in one letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan and USPS Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Robert G. Taub.
“Some nonprofits, such as Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, will see a drastic increase in postage costs that will severely limit the number of packages they can afford to ship,” MacArthur wrote, noting such packages provide needed comforts and morale boosters for U.S. service members.
While nonprofits appreciate that postal rates need cyclic modifications to sustain finances at the USPS, the congressman wrote, “significant increases such as this, without advanced notice, have harmed their ability to provide this valuable service to the members of our Armed Forces.”