Soldiering on

After former President George H.W. Bush died last year at 94, his devoted service dog, Sully, captured hearts worldwide when he was photographed lying beside Bush’s casket.

Though a family spokesman described the scene with the poignant words mission complete,” Sully’s career is far from over.

In fact, the yellow Labrador, around 3 years old, has gone from being a famous service dog to being a famous military working dog at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Sully — now one of seven working dogs tasked with helping wounded soldiers and active duty personnel at the hospital — received a personalized oath of enlistment to provide “unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days,” and to acknowledge that the responsibility comes “without any promise of treats or tummy rubs.”

Bush, the nation’s 41st president, was honored with a stamp released in June.

Military working dogs, who serve the armed forces in many, often dangerous, capacities, are the subject of four stamps that were released Aug. 1.

In his new role at Walter Reed, Sully wears a uniform made from cloth worn by former Navy hospital corpsman Evan Sisley, who served two deployments with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and Eastern Europe and later served as a personal aide to Bush.

Sisley, who got to know Sully when they both cared for the former president, predicted he’ll bring “a lot of love and joy” to patients, family and staff at Walter Reed.

“He has one of the biggest hearts of any dog I’ve ever met,” Sisley said.

Got ID?

The Postal Service recently updated the list of acceptable forms of identification that customers must show for picking up various types of mail and applying for other services.

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) now features a section, 608.10.0, Forms of Identification, that details acceptable forms of ID.

The update clarifies previous guidance for identification that varied from the DMM, the Post Office Operations Manual, the International Mail Manual and usps.com.

According to the update, primary forms of identification required for USPS products and services include certain U.S. state or federal government IDs, U.S. or foreign passports, Matricula Consular cards from Mexico and Nexus cards from Canada.

U.S. corporate, university and college photo IDs are accepted in limited cases.

However, some services may require a secondary form of ID to confirm a physical address for establishing service.

The update aims to ensure the DMM regulations for acceptable forms of identification are followed consistently.

The Product Innovation Blue page has more information, including a stand-up talk, FAQs and a reference sheet.

‘Street’ stories

The recent Sesame Street stamp dedication ceremony is highlighted in a new Postal Service video.

The 1-minute, 17-second video features remarks from Ed Wells, senior vice president of international media and education for Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces “Sesame Street.”

“Our mission is to help children grow smarter, stronger and kinder, and we’ve been doing that for 50 years. Not only in America, but around the world in 150 countries,” Wells says in the video.

The video also shows USPS Finance and Planning Vice President Luke Grossmann, who led the ceremony, discussing the show’s educational and cultural significance.

The stamp pane, featuring 16 of the show’s beloved characters, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the influential TV series.

The ceremony took place June 22 in Detroit.

Big picture

Here’s Link’s latest “News Quiz,” a weekly feature that invites readers to test their knowledge of recent stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Which image on the Wild and Scenic Rivers stamp pane was not taken by photographer Bob Wick?

a) Clarion River
b) Deschutes River
c) Flathead River
d) Missouri River

2. Which system or systems did USPS retire on Aug. 1?

a) Mail Condition Reporting System
b) Mail Condition Visualization
c) All of the above
d) None of the above

3. Fill in the blank: USPS has designated August as (blank) to celebrate the program and the employees who participate.

a) Business Connect Month
b) Customer Connect Month
c) Rural Reach Month
d) Submit a Lead Month

4. True or false: The latest Postal Pulse survey results show 17 percent of respondents feel engaged, down from 26 percent in 2015.

a) True
b) False

5. What was the subject of the Postal Bulletin’s Aug. 1 cover story?

a) Heat safety
b) Passport services
c) Postal Inspection Service
d) Postmaster General’s Heroes’ Program

Answers: 1) c. 2) a. 3) a. 4) b. The latest results show 26 percent of respondents feel engaged, up from 17 percent in 2015. 5) a.

Look for a new quiz next week and share your feedback with Link at uspslink@usps.gov.