With honors

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

The video honors the organization’s military veterans and features remarks from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others, including:

• Angela H. Curtis, Delivery Operations vice president and an Air Force veteran;

• Myriam B. Irizarry, a Human Resources program and policy analyst and this year’s Combined Federal Campaign manager;

• Reginald M. Truss, the Toledo, OH, Processing and Distribution Center plant manager and an Army veteran; and

• Jeryl A. Wilson, director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and a Navy veteran.

The ceremony video, released Nov. 8, is also available on Link and LiteBlue, for viewing individually or showing teams at virtual events.

Military salute

To honor employees who served in the military, the Postal Service will present them with special gifts of appreciation for Veterans Day.

Former and current members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard will be presented with a certificate of appreciation signed by Postmaster Louis DeJoy, a certificate holder, a card that identifies the employee as a veteran and can be worn behind USPS ID badges, and a blue lanyard.

The items were recently sent to region, area and headquarters business units for distribution.

The organization will also release a special Veterans Day video during the week of Nov. 8.

The Postal Service is one of the largest civilian employers of former and current members of the armed forces, who make up approximately 15 percent of the organization’s workforce.

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, recently presented USPS with the Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award in recognition of its contributions as an employer of wounded veterans.

Holiday helpers

The Postal Service’s new holiday TV ad began airing Nov. 3.

The commercial, titled “The Helpers,” shows actual employees working in plants, collecting packages and making deliveries, including in rain and snow.

“It’s not magic that makes more holiday deliveries to homes in the U.S. than anyone else — it’s the hardworking people of the United States Postal Service,” a narrator says.

The employees featured in the ad include letter carriers Dennis Dimapindan of Redondo Beach, CA; James Keller of Pasadena, CA; Stephanie Maldonado of Jensen Beach, FL; Richard Vallee Jr. of Hopkinton, MA; and Holli Wood of Carmel, IN; as well as William Glass, a Birmingham, AL, mail handler.

The commercial is part of a campaign that includes mailers and print ads that emphasize the importance of postal workers during the holidays.

Easy does it

Do you need help figuring out which health care, dental and vision plans are best for you during open season?

If so, you can use Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans on the Open Season LiteBlue page to compare available options.

Once you’re ready to make a change, use PostalEASE to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or the USPS Health Benefits Plan.

Open season is also a good time to review and update your PostalEASE login information, as well as your beneficiary forms.

You can access PostalEASE from the Benefits Enrollment Changes section of the Open Season LiteBlue page (provide your employee identification number and password) or call the employee service line at 877-477-3273 (select option 1). The Federal Relay Service number is 800-877-8339.

To make changes to your dental or vision plans, log on to the BENEFEDS website or call 877-888-3337 (TTY: 877-899-5680).

To enroll in a flexible spending account, use the FSAFEDS site or call 877-372-3337 (TTY: 800-952-0450).

Open season, the annual period when you can make changes to your health coverage, began Nov. 8 and ends Monday, Dec. 13.