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USPS Delays Leave Vet’s Medication in Limbo!

by | Aug 20, 2020 | Blog, News, Veteran's Benefits, Veterans Affairs

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has publicly announced that they will be halting any prescheduled service reductions and any of the other cost-cutting initiatives that were planned in direct response to the outpouring of support and frustration from the public.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy released a statement on Tuesday, in which he said the following:

  • “There are some long-standing operational initiatives … – that have been raised as areas of concern as the nation prepares to hold an election in the midst of a devasting pandemic.”
  • “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded. Retail hours at post offices will not change. Mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are.
  • “No mail processing facilities will be closed. And, we reassert that overtime has, and will, continue to be approved as needed.”

This major reversal comes only a few days before DeJoy is slated to testify in front of Congress on these changes, some of which drew an incredible about of concern from Democrats who believe they’re circled around election-based tampering.

Many residents across the United States are preparing to use mail-in voting to cast their ballot in this fall’s presidential election, because of the ongoing crisis that is COVID-19. Many of the recent disruptions in any service-based atmosphere are spurring rumors that officials are purposely hurting the USPS model to obtain various electoral advantages over their peers.

How is This Impacting Our Nations Heroes?

These recent changes have also drawn an intense amount of criticism from our nation’s Veteran community as the widespread outages and problems have caused many Veterans to not receive the medications that they depend on through the mail.

Unfortunately for most, mail-order prescriptions have become the only option and large groups of Veterans around the country have begun to rely upon them since the pandemic took hold of our country.

This past Monday, a group of officials from the Disabled American Veterans said that VA leaders had already informed them that these USPS changes had delayed medication deliveries by almost 25% within the last calendar year, with more severe delays taking place in rural areas.

 

As of late, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have been engaged in heated debate over funding for USPS operations. This past Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. said the following:

  • “Our Veteran’s get 80, 90% of their medications through the mail. And to have these things delayed, all these special things delayed, and at the same time to sort of try to make the Post Office dysfunction so the elections will be dysfunctional, that’s despicable.”

At the time of this blog being published, President Trump has continued to deny any political motivations being behind this USPS controversy.

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