Honoring veterans

The Postal Service has released a video of this year’s virtual Veterans Day ceremony.

The event honoring the organization’s military veterans features remarks from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; Chief Human Resources Officer Isaac Cronkhite; Simon Storey, employee resource management vice president; Jeryl Wilson, diversity and talent acquisition director; and retired Army Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Pauley of the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I would ask all postal employees to stop and thank a colleague for their service to the nation,” DeJoy says in the video. “We should always remember the sacrifices they made in defense of America and to protect the freedoms that we enjoy every day.”

The 2020 Veterans Day Celebration video, released Nov. 5, is available on Link and LiteBlue for employees who want to watch it on their own or managers and supervisors who want to show it during locally planned virtual events.

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Commit to quit

The USPS Wellness team wants to educate Postal Service employees on the importance of quitting smoking.

Approximately 38 million adults in the United States smoke cigarettes, and 58 million nonsmokers are subjected to secondhand smoke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and harms practically every organ system of the body.

Secondhand smoke harms children and adults — even brief exposure can be harmful to health. The only way to protect nonsmokers is to eliminate smoking in homes, workplaces and public places.

The use of e-cigarettes — or vaping — is still relatively new, and researchers are learning about long-term health effects. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine and have an aerosol that contains potentially harmful substances like nicotine, metals and cancer-causing agents.

E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women and adults who currently don’t use tobacco products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.

If you smoke, quitting is the best step you can take to improve your health. Quitting can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and other smoking-related illnesses.

Even if you’ve tried to quit before, the key to success is to keep trying and not give up. More than half of U.S. adults who smoked have quit.

The CDC and USPS November Wellness Toolkit websites have additional information.

Canine carriers

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

1. Fill in the blank: Since January, the officially licensed USPS dog costume has sold more than (blank) units through the online Postal Store.

a) 100
b) 1,000
c) 10,000
d) 100,000

2. True or false: Experts predict there could be an increase in coronavirus cases during the winter, so it’s important for everyone to get a flu vaccine to stay healthy.

a) True
b) False

3. Who received the Postal Service’s latest National Engagement Leader of the Year Awards?

a) Don Flak, Jason Johnson
b) Jason Johnson, Lloyd Keast
c) Lloyd Keast, Michael Mirides
d) Michael Mirides, Judson West

4. Which USPS website should you use to complete the clearance process for official postal documents?

a) Informed Visibility
b) PolicyNet
c) usps.com
d) None of the above

5. Red Ribbon Week, the annual drug abuse prevention awareness campaign, began in 1988 as a way to honor whom?

a) Enrique “Kiki” Camarena
b) Betty Ford
c) Nancy Reagan
d) Ronald Reagan

Answers: 1) c. 2) a. 3) b. 4) b. 5) a.

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