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Old 13th December 2013, 06:52 PM
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Can anyone give me any suggestions as to how I should set up receiving mail in the Philippines before I actually move there?

I have several organizations that require I keep in touch with them, such as the Veterans Administration and Social Security Administration for my monthly retirement and disability checks, but I need to provide a good accurate and valid mailing address before I am actually in country.

Are there any decent mail forwarding companies that can get mail to the Philippines in a timely manner? Or are there any Postal Box services available in the Philippines where I can set up an address to start receiving my mail?

Are there any other veterans out there that need to stay in touch with the VA or the Social Security Administration for monthly checks/services and how do you do it?

I am just trying to find out the best way to stay in the mail loop with these organization once I move to the Philippines.

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Read thru all that and it wasn't obvious to me or I didn't see it....as a vet, not a retiree, am I eligible to use RAO services? Like the mail?

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I would check with the local VFW and see if they can sponsor you for a mail box VFW Post 2485

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Does anyone have a current and active email address for the VFW in Cebu? I have been to their website and only see a mailing address and phone number. I would like to contact them about their ability to provide a mail service once I move to Cebu this coming year.

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Did you try the email address on this web page ? membership_info

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Thanks jon1...I evidently missed that because I searched the website high and low and could not see a contact section or an email address. I will look again to find the one you suggested...thanks again for providing me with an extra pair of eyes...hahaha.

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I use the VFW in Angeles for my mail. There are two plans one for retired military (20 years or more) and for those not retired. The retired military mail goes to the US embassy in Manila via US embassy mail and never handle by Philippine mail service. The non-retired mail goes to a PO Box at the main post office in Manila (Philippine mail). The RAO picks the mail up at both locations. The RAO has a satellite mail office at the VFW and a main office at the RAO. Both in Angeles.
I am non-retired military so I use the PO Box which cost me 140 pesos a month. I have never had any trouble with my mail. Philippine post office only handles my mail at the main post office. I have been told sending mail registered is more secure. Many US banks will not send new checks and credit cards to an address in another country. The retired military is US mailing address so no trouble receiving.
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Many US banks will not send new checks and credit cards to an address in another country. The retired military is US mailing address so no trouble receiving.
I'm sure if one is friendly and buys a beer or two one could make friends to get their checks and credits cards?


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