Veterans Issues

Supporting Our Troops and Our Veterans

Thousands of U.S. troops have been deployed around the world in the fight against terrorism. They serve in dangerous conditions, away from the comforts of home that we often take for granted. More than 4,000Tribute to APWU Members and Loved Ones Killed in Action

U.S. troops have been killed in action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 30,000 have been wounded, more than half of whom are so severely injured that their lives have been changed forever. Lack of proper medical care and limited employment opportunities cause many to struggle after they are discharged. Every year more than one million veterans are homeless. We owe each of these courageous men and women a lifetime of gratitude.

Unfortunately, heightened security prevents individuals from sending letters of appreciation and care packages to “Any Service Member” on their own, and the circumstances of underserved and homeless veterans makes them difficult to reach.

With this in mind, the APWU Human Relations Department provides support to active members of the military, wounded troops, and veterans. In addition to participating in existing programs, we have also developed several APWU programs for members to demonstrate their gratitude. However, these APWU programs are only possible through the continuing generosity and ongoing good will of our members.

Appreciation for our nation's veterans can be expressed by participating in one of the many APWU Support Our Troops and veterans programs throughout the year. Our collective participation in these programs will serve as a reminder that the sacrifices of these brave men and women have not been forgotten.

APWU Programs

Breakfast for Champions Operation Teddy Care
Operation Care Package Operation Valentine
Personal Messages Welcome Home Hero
Operation Santa Claus Winterhaven Stand Down
Families Too Rolling Thunder Ride For Freedom
Gratitude Dinners Memorial T-shirts
Appreciation Barbeques Host Fundraiser Events
Fast Food Favorites  


How to Give


Veterans' Resources

The men and women of the armed forces have served each of us through military service to our country. The liberties we enjoy today have been won through their sacrifice. Many of our APWU brothers and sisters have served or are currently serving, and we have an obligation to support them.

In an effort to provide additional assistance and to keep our members informed about issues that affect them, the Human Relations Department has created a Veterans' Assistance and Resource Committee. The committee has been tasked to provide updates, training resources, information, understanding and guidance. Inquiries should be directed through APWU local and state organizations to the Human Relations Department. (Please note that the committee does not have the authority to address contractual issues.)

In addition, please check our resources page full of useful information and websites.

News: Veterans Issues

APWU Web News Article 96-2016


Addressing Veterans’ Unemployment

05/01/2016 -

Left Center Sue Carney, APWU Human Relations Director; Center Michael Michaud, Assistant Secretary DOL VETS, Center right, Will Fischer, Executive Director, Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO.

(This article first appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The APWU recently joined with representatives of other unions to meet with Michael Michaud, the new Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (DOL VETS). Michaud is a longtime member of the United Steelworkers. Prior to his appointment, Michaud served 12 years as a member of Congress from Maine, advocating for veterans on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Health Subcommittee.

Home Front

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

03/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was enacted to ease the financial and legal burdens brought on by the demands of active duty. It applies to members of the military and their dependents, including Reservists and National Guardsmen who are called to active duty for at least 30 days.

Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act

01/01/2016 - (This article first appeared in the January-February 2016 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

President Obama signed the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act of 2015 into law on Nov. 5. After passing the House in a voice vote on Sept. 28, the bipartisan bill was approved by “unanimous consent” in the Senate on Oct. 26. The bill was initially introduced in the House in January 2015 by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) with 33 co-sponsors, including 27 Democrats, and six Republicans.

Disability Compensation

11/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Disability compensation is a monthly, tax-free benefit paid to veterans because of injuries or diseases that were incurred or were aggravated by military service. Both physical and mental health conditions are included.

Compensation is also payable for post-service disabilities that are considered secondary or presumed related to service-connected disabilities. Certain veterans disabled from VA healthcare may also be eligible to receive this benefit.

Help and Hope for Veterans

03/01/2015 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.) 

This winter, the APWU and community volunteers joined the Veterans Administration (VA) to give help and hope to veterans at the 19th annual Winterhaven Stand Down. This was the eighth consecutive year that APWU officers and staff participated in the event – providing assistance to hundreds of veterans in need.

More than 700 homeless and at-risk veterans were transported from area shelters and off the streets. When they arrived to the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center, volunteers greeted them with a hot breakfast and coffee, kind smiles, handshakes, words of encouragement and expressions of gratitude for their service.

APWU Web News Article 126-2013

Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Remember to Honor Those Who Serve

11/11/2013 - With Veterans Day approaching, the APWU wants to remind union members to honor the extraordinary men and women of the Armed Forces for their service. Throughout our history, Americans have been protected by patriots who make great sacrifices to advance the cause of freedom.