On the way

The new Postal Service Health Benefits (PSHB) Program will begin Jan. 1, 2025.

The PSHB Program will be a separate program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program and will be administered by the Office of Personnel Management.

The PSHB Program will provide coverage for Postal Service employees, annuitants and their eligible family members.

More information, including a FAQ and fact sheet, is available on the PSHB page on LiteBlue.

Employees and retirees can also receive more information and updates by texting “PSHBP” to 39369.

Saluting service

May is National Military Appreciation Month, a time to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the U.S. military.

Observances during the month including Loyalty Day (May 1); Victory in Europe Day, also known as VE Day (May 8); Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 12); Children of Fallen Patriots Day (May 13) and Armed Forces Day (May 20).

The best known is Memorial Day (May 29).

The annual federal holiday honors the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Established after the Civil War, Memorial Day was named a federal holiday in 1971.

Also known as Decoration Day, Americans often honor fallen soldiers by decorating their graves.

During the month, USPS will salute military and veteran employees from all branches of service: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will honor the approximately 63,000 veteran employees with a commemorative certificate of appreciation.

The certificates will be mailed to the homes of employees who have self-identified as veterans.

Veterans also celebrating a five-year postal anniversary in fiscal year 2023 will receive a Postal Proud challenge coin and thank-you card from Doug Tulino, deputy postmaster general and chief human resources officer.

The challenge coin is, historically, a symbol of military unit identity and camaraderie. Today, they are awarded for special achievements or mission participation.

To further recognize military veterans, managers can purchase special water bottles and tumblers to distribute as part of military appreciation ceremonies.

For further information, email Marty Mieras, military program specialist, at military@usps.gov.

Front-line career fair

The Postal Service will offer a virtual career fair for front-line supervisory positions on Sunday, May 7.

The fair is part of Focus on the Front, an initiative to fill 2,800 Executive and Administrative Schedule Level 17 supervisory jobs.

Participants will hear from operational leaders and receive an overview of the knowledge and skills needed to be a competitive applicant.

Individual sessions will provide attendees with information on how to apply for vacancies in eCareer and tips for interviewing.

Additional fairs will be held July 23 and Sept. 17.

Each fair starts at 1 p.m. EDT and is open to both career and noncareer employees.

Employees must complete an online registration form on LiteBlue to participate in a fair. Participants must be current USPS employees and must be off the clock to attend.

Early cancer detection

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar about detecting cancer early.

The session, “Cancer: Early Detection for Your Protection,” will be held May 8 at noon Eastern, and will address what cancer is, what the steps are to prevent it and what screening methods are used to detect it.

Leading the webinar will be Coletta Meyer, manager of health engagement at GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees; Sasha Choplin, a nurse consultant in oncology for GEHA; and Matt Flory, associate director of state partnerships for the American Cancer Society.

Advance registration is required. Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Benefits and Wellness team or visit the Wellness LiteBlue page.