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Tip: Help a Service Member Enjoy a Good Smoke

17 Aug 2016

The other day an email landed in my inbox from a U.S. Army captain stationed overseas. He wondered if it would be possible to get some cigars for his soldiers.

Troops PhotoCapt. Justin Foster’s unit, whose mission is providing sophisticated communications support, shipped out about three months ago from its home in the Baltimore area.

“I have many soldiers in my 51-man formation that enjoy a great cigar,” he wrote. “I do like to give care packages as much as possible and send nice things out to the soldiers.” has been pushing for cigar donations to the troops for years. Sometimes it’s reminding readers to check out Cigars for Warriors. Sometimes it’s urging you to assist individual units like Capt. Foster’s. And sometimes we suggest you to contribute to a program at your local shop.

Let’s face it, with considerably fewer troops overseas now than there were in the recent past, there’s not as much attention focused on soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines as there was. It’s easy to forget.

But that’s exactly the time they need a boost the most. Their jobs aren’t any easier, their risks any smaller, or their chances to get a good cigar any better.

I asked Capt. Foster if he could send me a photo of some of his troops enjoying a cigar, and he did. They may be sitting at a picnic table, but I don’t think it’s much of a picnic where they are. I’m sure a cigar break is more than welcome.

So, dig into your humidor. I’m sure you can find a few good sticks to send along for inclusion in Capt. Foster’s care packages. The address:

CPT Justin Foster
APO AE 09330

George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys/Capt. Foster

6 Responses to “Tip: Help a Service Member Enjoy a Good Smoke”

  1. george e Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    By the way, be sure to include a humidification device in your package. Priority mail – the easiest way to send a package – can take up to three weeks to get delivered. You’ll also not be able to track the package after the post office hands it off to the military, which won’t actually show up on the tracking. It’ll just end at the point where it was handed off (frequently it’s Chicago). To track after that, you’ll then need to use the military postal inquiry:

  2. Frustrating Friday, August 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    But you can’t let the USPS know that there are cigars in the package or the package will be refused.

    • George e Friday, August 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

      No. The U.S. Post Office will deliver cigars, as the site you reference notes.

      • Frustrating Friday, August 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

        Not the post office I went to.

  3. George e Friday, August 19, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    They are mistaken. Ask to speak to a supervisor and if you still encounter resistance, have him or her refer to USPS regulations here:
    Go down to the Restricted list and click on Cigarettes and tobacco.

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