Troops engaged in Operation Desert Shield can send letters home for free, Postmaster General Anthony Frank announced Wednesday.
Frank told postal workers to immediately begin accepting mail, without postage, from troops engaged in the buildup in the Persian Gulf region.``Now our military personnel can send messages to friends and loved ones back home without postage,' said Frank.
The free mail applies to letters and audio cassettes sent to the United States, but not to other parcels, Frank said. Mail sent to personnel in the Middle East must still carry postage.
Frank said he acted in response to bills in Congress designed to give the free-mail privilege to Desert Shield personnel.
Service personnel can obtain the free postage by writing ``Free' on the upper right hand corner of envelopes and placing their name, military grade and military address on the upper left hand corner.