On a mission

During a visit to Richmond, VA, last week, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy thanked employees for their service and encouraged them to continue helping USPS to become more efficient.

At the Richmond Processing and Distribution Center, DeJoy stressed the need to focus on “operational precision, to become the most efficient and effective organization in the country. When we do that, we can drive business growth and enhance our connection to our customers.”

He also thanked employees for their commitment to the Postal Service’s mission, particularly during an election year.

“We play a special role in elections, and we’re all proud of that. It’s our duty to deliver every ballot, and I know you’re going to do a great job on the election for the American people,” he said.

The visit was part of the Postmaster General’s ongoing effort to recognize employees for helping USPS achieve operational excellence. Earlier in September, DeJoy traveled to Houston, where he praised workers for reducing late trips and delayed inventory.

The Postmaster General’s Richmond visit also included a stop at Pocoshock Creek Station, where he reviewed facility operations, met with employees and local management, and bought several sheets of stamps.

“Keep up the good work, stay safe and if you see a ballot, get it delivered!” DeJoy said.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the disease and efforts to cure it.

Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer for American women. Approximately 250,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and 2,300 in men each year in the United States.

Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years or older. Other risk factors include genetic mutations, having dense breasts, family history of breast cancer and prior personal history of breast cancer. Staying healthy throughout your life helps reduce cancer risk and improves your chances of survival if it occurs.

Some people have no symptoms of breast cancer, while others may experience the following signs:

  • Any change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Pain in any area of the breast
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood)
  • A new lump in the breast or underarm

If you have any symptoms that concern you, consult your health care provider right away.

Mammograms remain the best way to detect breast cancer early. Although screening doesn’t prevent breast cancer, it helps identify cancer in earlier stages and ideally lead to better health outcomes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website offers comprehensive breast cancer screening guidelines that compare recommendations from leading health organizations.

Your health care provider will help you understand the guidelines, as well as benefits and risks of breast cancer screenings, so you can make personalized and informed decisions. Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should be screened, and which tests are right for you.

The CDC website and the USPS October Wellness Toolkit have additional information.

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‘Increasing Access and Opportunity’

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual campaign that seeks to raise understanding of disability employment matters and commend the contributions of workers with disabilities.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the campaign, also known as NDEAM, as well as the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations and other areas.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “Increasing Access and Opportunity.” You can learn more about NDEAM and view a time line about advancements in disability employment since the ADA’s passage on the U.S. Department of Labor website’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month page.

The Postal Service’s National Disability Program Blue page and Reasonable Accommodation Blue page also have information on disability employment awareness and reasonable accommodation resources, including stand-up talks, policy and procedure links, American Sign Language instructional videos and an NDEAM resource kit.

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Honoring firefighters

U.S. flag flying at half-staff

Postal Service facilities that are open Sundays should fly the U.S. flag at half-staff on Oct. 4, which is National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day.

USPS facilities that fly the flag at all times and are closed Sundays should lower the flag to half-staff when the facility closes prior to National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Day. Return the flag to full staff when the facility next opens for business.

To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.

The USPS Administrative Support Manual has guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

Giving season

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. How much money does the Postal Service want to raise in pledged donations during the latest Combined Federal Campaign?

a) $9.6 million
b) $96 million
c) $960 million
d) None of the above

2. Which two states did Postmaster General Louis DeJoy visit to thank employees for recent service improvements and disaster recovery efforts?

a) Maryland, Virginia
b) New York, California
c) North Carolina, South Carolina
d) Texas, Louisiana

3. How many Postal Customer Councils currently exist?

a) 144
b) 1,440
c) 14,400
d) 144,000

4. Fill in the blank: The Holiday Delights stamps feature (blank) designs.

a) Two
b) Three
c) Four
d) Five

5. True or false: Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin is one of seven men who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

a) True
b) False

Answers: 1) d. USPS hopes to raise at least $6.9 million during the latest Combined Federal Campaign. 2) d. 3) a. 4) c. 5) b. Franklin was one of six men who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

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