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Old June 17th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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Magazines for deployed troops!

Hello All,

I've been an active user of anysoldier.com for several years (highly recommended to anybody who just wants to help support our troops of all branches) to send magazines (and some books, CD's and DVD's) to troops deployed abroad. I know that several forum members are in the military and stationed in other countries, I'd love to send them directly to you guys as well. I get probably 10-12 different subscriptions that I pass on (most for free though coke rewards and free 1-year subscription deals online).

PM me your address and I'll definitely send my next package your way (could be a month or so, 4 went out yesterday).

I've gotten some good feedback that these reminders of home help pass the time while you're defending us.

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Old June 17th, 2010, 09:03 AM
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If anyone deployed wants some Rover magazines, I have a stack of them I've been saving up for that very reason... just shoot me your address.

What is the best way to send them anyways? usps?
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Old June 17th, 2010, 09:13 AM
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Yes you have to send USPS (ugh).

If you use the USPS flat-rate boxes, you can fit 25+ magazines in there if you're clever with rolling, etc. Its usually around $10 for the medium sized USPS priority flat-rate box. Don't bother with delivery confirmation bc it'll only track it to the base that USPS delivers to, the APO portion of the journey isn't tracked anyway.

I've found its easier, faster (and often cheaper) than using your own box and shipping by size/weight.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 09:25 AM
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I won't say no to Rover mags, but nothing else is really necessary. Where I'm at, time to kill isn't the problem.

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Old June 17th, 2010, 09:49 AM
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USPS has special APO boxes for troops deployed.

Also depends on where the soldier is.

Iraq bases are heavely developed and therefore have well stocked PX's with the standard girl mags (maxim, etc), bike mags and news mags. No rover mags at all. I would have loved used Rover mags. As the draw down in Iraq continues, soldiers will be leaving the remote outlying smaller bases (with less) and moving to the larger mega complexes with tons of choices (movies, flat screen tv's, dvd's, etc.)

Afghanistan from what I understand is still in startup phase and many outlying bases are still quite primitive conditions. Any kind of mags would be appreciated there I would think. Soldiers love harley's. I don't know why...I have zero interest in them. They also like hunting, guns, etc.

while deployed, soldiers spend most of their time thinking about what they want to do when they get back, so lifestyle and hobby magazines are best.

Don't forget that many of the soldiers deployed now are women. Way more than you would guess. So send the home and garden, Oprah, bridal and hollywood gossip mags too. They'll eat them up.

Another example of differences in living conditions. Soldiers in Iraq get hot showers daily (unless there is some kind of water shortage disruption (short term). Afghanistan deployed soldiers still use baby wipes frequently.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 09:58 AM
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USPS has special APO boxes for troops deployed.

Also depends on where the soldier is.

Iraq bases are heavely developed and therefore have well stocked PX's with the standard girl mags (maxim, etc), bike mags and news mags. No rover mags at all. I would have loved used Rover mags. As the draw down in Iraq continues, soldiers will be leaving the remote outlying smaller bases (with less) and moving to the larger mega complexes with tons of choices (movies, flat screen tv's, dvd's, etc.)

Afghanistan from what I understand is still in startup phase and many outlying bases are still quite primitive conditions. Any kind of mags would be appreciated there I would think. Soldiers love harley's. I don't know why...I have zero interest in them. They also like hunting, guns, etc.

while deployed, soldiers spend most of their time thinking about what they want to do when they get back, so lifestyle and hobby magazines are best.

Don't forget that many of the soldiers deployed now are women. Way more than you would guess. So send the home and garden, Oprah, bridal and hollywood gossip mags too. They'll eat them up.

Another example of differences in living conditions. Soldiers in Iraq get hot showers daily (unless there is some kind of water shortage disruption (short term). Afghanistan deployed soldiers still use baby wipes frequently.
Good points, I try to err on the afganistan side over iraq for that reason (anysoldier.com allows you to sort by where they are deployed) unless I have a specific person I'm sending to.

I definitely send just as many, if not more, women's magazines out too. Wifey gets Oprah, real simple, cosmo, vogue, glamour, etc.

JimC, any interest in Popular Science/Mechanics, Wired, Mental Floss and other similar mags? I get a good amount of those.


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I'll post here from time to time when I come across a free subscription for something that our soldiers might be interested in. I have yet to find one that has a problem shipping directly to an APO/FPO (although sometimes you do need to get clever with the address fields).
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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:09 AM
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Honestly, save most of the mags for soldiers who have more down time. I'll take a rover mag or two, but send the other stuff to other guys.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:16 AM
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will do, If you come across know any soldier's contact info that might be interested in what I have (male or female) please feel free to PM it to me. I like sending to a specific person much better than doing it anonymous.

Specific requests welcomed too.
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Ryan and anyone else, I am sending a package to some guys in the sandbox in couple of weeks, if your generosity to include any Rover Magazines, send them to me and I will send them on my package ( it is going a different route so I can pretty much send anything " legal of course " ).

Let me know what you have to send if any.
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I know we have gotten packages in my team from anysoldier.com it's a great program and we always appreciated the care packages. Soldiers Angels has also been a big morale booster for us. One of them sent my Soldier a blow up doll for christmas. We about pissed ourselves laughing when he unwrapped that gift.

The Rover community has been some of our biggest supporters during this deployment. Thanks to all of you guys supporting us at home. It means more than you can imagine. We would pass the magazines around and then take them to the USO/MWR tents for others to read. I like to think that we have helped bring a new rover owner or two into the fold this way.

I am (keep your fingers crossed) 45 days out of holding my wife and daughter in my arms again, so I'm good guys.

Once again a huge thank you to all that sent my team stuff and all that continue to support my team-mates
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One of them sent my Soldier a blow up doll for christmas. We about pissed ourselves laughing when he unwrapped that gift.
Haha, awesome.

Wifey and I sent an Xmas one the last few years with lights/a tree/decorations but nothing THAT creative!

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I am (keep your fingers crossed) 45 days out of holding my wife and daughter in my arms again, so I'm good guys.

Once again a huge thank you to all that sent my team stuff and all that continue to support my team-mates
Glad to hear you'll be home soon, be careful!
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Hey Guys,

For anyone that is looking to send some rover porn or other books, I am currently in Afghanistan in a small combat outpost that has no ammenities like some of these giant super FOBS that some troops are on.

guys here kill for magazines, we still pass around 4 or 5 yr old ones.

So with that being said Id be more then happy to provide my addy and share the plunder with the boys

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any women with your unit Jason?
should I include some chick mags too?
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HI,

there are no chicks on this COP at all just a bunch of dirty nasty Infantryman
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in that case, I'll see what I can do about including some "Men's Magazines" covertly...

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Just don't send anything that vibrates under battery power. I have seen direct evidence of bomb squad robot responses at postal stations on base, that lead to the embarrasment of some poor soldier and the destruction of his/her mail (and stuff).

Even if it is a prank, the whole theater will know about it, and it becomes a matter of DOD record. You just don't recover from that.
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no worries, I know the drill. I wouldn't do that. I stick to magazines and specific requests.
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Hey Jason,

Box of mixed magazines went out today. PopSci, PopMech, things like that.
Let me know if you want anything specific for the next time.
Enjoy!
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Dan,

Wow that was quick! All I can say is that I truly appreciate the gesture that you have done.

Seems like this day and age with the war dragging on that a lot of people forget we still have soldiers living like dogs.

Thank you so much again.

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no sweat buddy. I had 1 more boxful of magazines ready to go, just needed a place to send them.
Glad to help.

I appreciate all you guys (and girls) do for us Stateside. Its the least I can do.
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