Friday, November 11, 2016

Honoring & Thanking Our Veterans

Miami GMF Custodian Lazaro Julve raises the U.S. Flag and POW-MIA flag as customer salutes in the background. Photo: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day, one of six days each year that Postal Service facilities are required to fly the POW-MIA flag.

Because Veterans Day is a designated U.S. Postal Service holiday, the POW-MIA flag should be raised November 10.

The flag honors the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Armed Forces held as Prisoners Of War or listed as Missing In Action.

The POW-MIA flag must fly below the U.S. flag.

Did you know that the U.S. Postal Service is second only to the U.S. Department of Defense in hiring veterans? Nationwide veterans make up 18 percent of our postal workforce. That's 112,800 employees, including more than …

38,000 APWU employees

37,000 Letter Carriers

  5,000 Rural Carriers

  1,000 Mail Handlers

10,500 non-bargaining employees (including the 2,000 Postmasters) 10,000 supplemental (non-career) employees

Our veteran complement also includes 12,000 females.

Take a moment to thank a veteran today … and every day.

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