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How can I contact my Soldier?  
Your Soldier should be able to provide you with a contact number while in garrison (at home station) or you can contact the post operator at the military community in which your Soldier is stationed and provide him/her with your Soldier’s organization (e.g., Alpha Co., 1/41 Inf. BN). Communication is a little more complex if your Soldier is deployed. However, even in times of conflict nowadays, Soldiers often have access to the Internet, if telephone contact is not readily available. There are several free email services you can use, and access to computer resources is usually available for family members on military installations. Check with your local Army Community Service (ACS), Family Readiness or Assistance Centers, or your local libraries for further assistance. The Department of the Army recommends using Army Knowledge Online (AKO) email for communicating with your Soldier as it provides a secure interface. All Soldiers (to include Reserve Component Soldiers) are authorized AKO accounts and family members/friends of full-account holders can obtain Guest Accounts. You can also set up an email account through GIMail, which is a Web Based email service for DEERS-verified Department of Defense employees (military and civil service, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserves) and their family members. The Army Postal System (APO) manages the delivery of mail to and from Soldiers overseas and when deployed. So, letters and care packages are always another option. Note that there are often restrictions on the type of items that can be sent to Soldiers in certain parts of the world.
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