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Honoring those who served

Postal facilities hold Veterans Day events

Participants gather at the Chicago International Service Center during a Nov. 7 special dedication ceremony for the Purple Heart stamp. Flanking the stamp image are Army Lt. Col. Kathryn Nilsen and Plant Manager Quintin Mayberry.

USPS employees who served in the military were honored at recent Veterans Day events across the nation.

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan delivered remarks at a Nov. 7 ceremony at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC, where she discussed the contributions of the approximately 100,000 veterans who are part of the organization’s workforce.

“Veterans live, work and serve alongside their postal colleagues in communities throughout America. They bring their sense of purpose and specialized skills into our organization and into the communities they serve,” she said.

The ceremony also featured remarks by Carroll Harris, an acting inspector in charge for the Postal Inspection Service who discussed the organization’s efforts to combat fraud against veterans.

Guest speakers at other events included Col. Kevin Jarrard, deputy chief of staff for the Marine Forces Southern Command, who discussed the enduring importance of mail during a ceremony for Atlanta District employees.

“I still write letters,” Jarrard said. “When you are serving overseas, it’s a great emotional connection to have.”

The Postal Service also marked Veterans Day this year by providing employees who served in the armed forces with special badges and badge clips. Many employees received these items at local events that featured remarks from area vice presidents, district managers and others.

Other commemorations included special dedication ceremonies for this year’s military-themed stamps, including an event for the Purple Heart stamp at the Chicago International Service Center that was attended by local military and postal leaders.

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