11/19/2010 - Sgt. Kevin Pape, son-in-law of APWU member Rose Knipp, was killed in Afghanistan Nov. 16. The 30-year-old staff sergeant died when the Taliban attacked his unit during combat operations in Konar Province.
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 4,000
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.
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.)
News: Veterans Issues
11/15/2010 - Every year, at least one million homeless veterans sleep in bus terminals, over steam grates, huddled on park benches, and under overpasses to avoid the harsh winter elements.
08/27/2010 - APWU members vowed to escalate the fight against the Postal Service’s plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery on the fourth day of the union’s 20th Biennial National Convention, unanimously approving a resolution to engage in “rallies, marches, and pickets” in concert with other unions and public interest organizations.
ALSO: APWU delegates and friends honored fallen union sisters and brothers at a memorial and prayer service on Aug. 22 sponsored by the Human Relations Department.
AND: Members of the APWU Auxiliary had a busy week of training and fundraising — conducting workshops and collecting contributions for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. The Auxiliary is an organization of union members’ friends and families.
AND: Union members age 35 and under said their first convention gave them insight to the innerworkings of the APWU.
08/05/2010 - Kevin Imholte, son of Minneapolis Area Local activists Brenda and Vern Wellman, was presented with a silver medallion on behalf of the APWU for his extraordinary military service.
05/29/2009 - Kevin Imholte, son of Minneapolis Area Local APWU activists Brenda and Vern Wellman, will be awarded the Bronze Star Medal for an act of bravery in Iraq two years ago.
04/07/2009 - APWU member Drew Yerger is looking forward to his second time around as a window clerk. It will be a pleasant change of pace and workplace: His last job was in the Iraqi desert. It was his second time around there, too.
03/02/2009 - In honor of a long-time Postal Service worker and APWU member, a facility in Springfield, IL, has been named the “Colonel John H. Wilson, Jr. Post Office Building.”
10/24/2008 - To our knowledge, 17 members of the APWU family have paid the ultimate price while fighting in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Guffey Tells House Panel:
09/07/2007 - Although the Postal Service employs large numbers of veterans, not enough is being done to help qualified veterans secure jobs with the agency, APWU Executive Vice President Cliff Guffey told a House panel during testimony on Sept. 6.
05/14/2007 - An APWU member on his second tour of duty in Iraq was killed during combat operations in Anbar Province on May 5. Master Sergeant Kenneth (Kenny) Mack was 42.