Free postage to BFPO addresses Petition

Description/History:
The free postal packet service to the Iraq theatre of operations was withdrawn on the 8th April 2004.

We view this decision as a major blow to the morale of our troops who rely on the parcels sent by their families, and support groups from a practical and emotional standpoint.

We ask the Governement to reconsider their decision - to re-instate the free postage service to the Gulf, and to extend the facility to all BFPO addresses where our troops are on peace keeping operations.

If you would like to back this wonderful cause i would appreciate it if you would sign the online petition.. Many Thanks
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Signed up :thumbsup:

Blueys are still free, aren't they.

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dinosteveus

Blueys are still free, aren't they.



Yes blueys are, but were trying to make it so that parcels up to a certain weight are as many of the service men/woman are in areas where they are not able to get good supplies and rely on their spirits being lifted with care packages from home.. which can cost a lot of money to post.

lynsey78

Yes blueys are, but were trying to make it so that parcels up to a … Yes blueys are, but were trying to make it so that parcels up to a certain weight are as many of the service men/woman are in areas where they are not able to get good supplies and rely on their spirits being lifted with care packages from home.. which can cost a lot of money to post.


I couldn't get Parcels delivered for nowt when I served in the Falklands or Germany, and they both had a BFPO number.
Don't they have NAAFI shops out there?

Banned

Maybe a petition to the home office to supply there forces with goods to lift their spirits would be more appropriate

You have my support. Cost me a small fortune when hubby was in iraq last year.

Original Poster

dinosteveus

I couldn't get Parcels delivered for nowt when I served in the Falklands … I couldn't get Parcels delivered for nowt when I served in the Falklands or Germany, and they both had a BFPO number.Don't they have NAAFI shops out there?



Places like camp bastian and such dont have Nafi shops, there are many small camps set up around iraq and Afgan with poor conditions and families wish to be able to boost their son or daughters morale and keep family spirits high as it is hard times for all.

Recieving mail and parcels is an important aspect as a soldier, really keeps you going.
Hence why the petition is in place to try and enable parcels to a certain weight to be free.

lynsey78

Places like camp bastian and such dont have Nafi shops, there are many … Places like camp bastian and such dont have Nafi shops, there are many small camps set up around iraq and Afgan with poor conditions and families wish to be able to boost their son or daughters morale and keep family spirits high as it is hard times for all.Recieving mail and parcels is an important aspect as a soldier, really keeps you going.Hence why the petition is in place to try and enable parcels to a certain weight to be free.


I've signed the petition. :thumbsup:
I do know how important receiving mail is, I spent four months stuck up a poxy Mountain in the Falklands, in the middle of Winter, and we were lucky if we got one 'Helidrop' a fortnight with mail.

Don't forget also that even if there is a NAAFI you're stuck with what they stock & what they charge.

Parcels (even small ones) make all the difference, even if only as a morale-booster (at the very least the lucky recipient knows that someone is thinking of them).

Blueys are free (didn't the government try to stop this at one point, if I remember correctly, until the outcry forced them to backtrack?), but are a poor substitute for 'a little something from home'.

SIGN UP NOW!!!!!!!!!!;-)

dinosteveus

I've signed the petition. :thumbsup: I do know how important receiving … I've signed the petition. :thumbsup: I do know how important receiving mail is, I spent four months stuck up a poxy Mountain in the Falklands, in the middle of Winter, and we were lucky if we got one 'Helidrop' a fortnight with mail.




Which site were you at??

If it was Kent,, standby for a pizz take....

signed up too

Windy

Which site were you at??If it was Kent,, standby for a pizz take....


Yep. :-(

Is this petition for free postage for ALL BFPO addresses? or just the operational tours? I wholeheartedly support the re-instatement for forces on Ops, but if it is to other BFPOs - i don't see why?

jelli89

Is this petition for free postage for ALL BFPO addresses? or just the … Is this petition for free postage for ALL BFPO addresses? or just the operational tours? I wholeheartedly support the re-instatement for forces on Ops, but if it is to other BFPOs - i don't see why?



Hey J...apparently looking to "re-instate the free postage service to the Gulf, and to extend the facility to all BFPO addresses where our troops are on peace keeping operations".
So yeah, active ops personnel.

dinosteveus

Yep. :-(


So Kent person,,,, you really had it hard???


You had a road that you go to MPA or Stanley, ok sometimes impassable but come on, the place was a palace compared to the other 2 that had no access to shops or other life apart from an eric ride of over an hour, no free passes for that, it was either R&R, a course or tourex.

You did have a downside, i suppose, visiting VIP's would come and see you because they didnt want to go to a real mountain site where they may get clagged in or dare i say it,, get their shoes dirty...



Ex Gen Eng
Ex Byron Boy (who are on the pis again)
CCCCAM
DWEC
QM

Windy

So Kent person,,,, you really had it hard???You had a road that you go to … So Kent person,,,, you really had it hard???You had a road that you go to MPA or Stanley, ok sometimes impassable but come on, the place was a palace compared to the other 2 that had no access to shops or other life apart from an eric ride of over an hour, no free passes for that, it was either R&R, a course or tourex.You did have a downside, i suppose, visiting VIP's would come and see you because they didnt want to go to a real mountain site where they may get clagged in or dare i say it,, get their shoes dirty...Ex Gen EngEx Byron Boy (who are on the pis again)CCCCAMDWECQM



The Road was 'blocked' during most of tour. :x Yes we had loads of VIPs visit and exercises involving the Gurkhas and other 'nutters' :thumbsup: Funny how the VIPs could also get to us but some replacements were stuck in MPA for days.:x
We had it OK compared to the other Mountains, but it was hell going out from one part of the complex to another due to the wind.
CSE shows were good :-D
To be honest Paul, I would have preferred Byron, less crap going on.

The wind was a bit strong..
Being Gen Eng and BV driver's it was our job to get the eric's etc landed sometimes at the top but most of the time at the bottom due to clag which was a pain specially when visitors were coming for a short visit, by the time we got them to the top it was time to return to the bottom again.

We also had CSE turn up which was great.

We also had measles every few days which made us feel unforgotten and maybe wanted (nah).

It was a complete laugh though, so good i went twice....

What trade were you?

Windy

The wind was a bit strong..Being Gen Eng and BV driver's it was our job … The wind was a bit strong..Being Gen Eng and BV driver's it was our job to get the eric's etc landed sometimes at the top but most of the time at the bottom due to clag which was a pain specially when visitors were coming for a short visit, by the time we got them to the top it was time to return to the bottom again.We also had CSE turn up which was great.We also had measles every few days which made us feel unforgotten and maybe wanted (nah).It was a complete laugh though, so good i went twice....What trade were you?


Ahhhhh, The BV, ummmm that was a piece of scrap that only moved twice during my tour, once to pick me up from near MPA and the second time was to pick up rations. The rest of the time it was US.:-(
RAF Chef :thumbsup: :-D :-D
It was an experience I will not forget, especially standing outside looking down on clouds.:w00t:

The BV was our lifeline and was a full time job repairing them :giggle:

Windy

The BV was our lifeline and was a full time job repairing them :giggle:


I think we should post a few pics, so everybody knows what we are talking about.:giggle: :giggle:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c84/hawkwinddotcom/fi3.jpg

Thats me!

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c84/hawkwinddotcom/fi14.jpg

Thats me playing in the peat....

Original Poster

Ive been in the back of a BV, my god the noise... the suspension some what to be desired..

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