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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

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Mr. KING of New York. Madam Chair, I rise today in support of my amendment to H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act, which would provide free postal benefits to active duty soldiers' families.

While our soldiers do not have to pay for the letters they send home, their families often spend hundreds of dollars to send care packages and letters of their own. The program authorized by this amendment would provide soldiers serving active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with one postal voucher every other month to transfer to their loved ones to send letters and packages to these soldiers at no cost.

I fully support this postal benefits program and urge my colleagues to vote in favor of my amendment. I would like to thank the Members and staff of the House Armed Services Committee for working with me and accepting this amendment.

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