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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 698-00
November 16, 2000

OPERATION 'DEAR ABBY' 2000 IS UNDERWAY

The Department of Defense has identified four addresses for use in Operation Dear Abby for the 2000 holiday season.

For the past 16 years, Abigail Van Buren, through her nationally syndicated column, has brought goodwill and cheer to the men and women of the U. S. armed forces. During the holiday season, Van Buren solicits Americans to send cards and letters to servicemembers stationed overseas.

Addresses to be used for sending first class letter mail, 13 ounces or less only, to "Any Service Member" are:

Operation Dear Abby, APO AE 09135-for Europe and South West Asia

Operation Dear Abby, FPO AE 09646-for the Mediterranean Basin

Operation Dear Abby, APO AP 96285-for the Far East

Operation Dear Abby, FPO AP 96385-for the Pacific Basin

The above addresses of major U. S. military aerial mail terminals and fleet mail centers overseas are being used as mail hubs. They will receive the mail and distribute it on a fair-share bases to all Services in their respective areas. This process is designed to preclude over burdening transportation assets and inundating specific military units. It also allows for wider distribution to servicemembers.

Additional information on the Military Postal Service Agency and Operation Dear Abby is available at http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/main.htm .

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