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APWU Web News Article 114-2018

Day of Mourning to Be Observed December 5

12/03/2018 - President Donald Trump proclaimed Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning upon the death of President George H. W. Bush, the Postal Service announced today.

“Out of respect for President Bush, the nation’s 41st commander-in-chief, and to honor his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime, and consistent with the presidential proclamation, the Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning.”

Home Front

Court Rules Pain is a Disability

11/05/2018 - (This article first appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans recently ruled that pain alone, without an underlying disability, may entitle veterans to compensation benefits. This decision could affect both veterans seeking service connection and those seeking increased ratings for conditions that are already considered service connected. Prior to this decision, the federal circuit held veterans had to have a diagnosed disability that rationalized the source of their pain in order to receive Veterans Administration (VA) disability benefits.

Saving the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund

Visit PostalRelief.com or use the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Charity Code 10268

10/04/2018 - (This article first appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

Your donations are needed to sustain the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF). PERF is a nonprofit charitable organization.

When disaster strikes and all is lost, PERF provides tax-free relief grants to postal employees and retirees to help them reestablish a home and replace necessities. PERF has provided more than $19 million in assistance to postal families during its 28-year history, but meeting its mission has become increasingly difficult over the last decade.

Who We Are

07/24/2018 - (This article first appeared in the July-August 2018 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine) 

By Human Relations Director Sue Carney

There is no doubt our country is divided, whether it is because of opposing political views and party allegiance, or because of differing opinions pertaining to copious social issues. With all that divides us, it is a good time to remind ourselves who we are, where we come from and what we stand for.

We Are Labor
Bound together, our fundamental purpose has always been to seek political, social and economic justice for the disadvantaged. We are not a fee-for-service organization or a group of self-serving individuals simply looking to make gains for ourselves. We seek fairness, equality, dignity and respect for all common people, including those beyond our workroom floors and borders.

Home Front

Hearing Loss

07/24/2018 - Twenty percent of Americans report some degree of hearing loss but those who serve are far more impacted by auditory disorders than the general public due to their exposure to artillery gunfire, battlefield explosives, loud machinery, aircraft noise and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Hearing loss and tinnitus, a perceived ringing in the ear that often accompanies it, are the top two service-connected disabilities afflicting service members and generations of veterans. These maladies are often overshadowed by other challenges our service men and women face.

In 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported, more than 1.6 million veterans received disability compensation benefits for tinnitus, and another 1.1 million received monthly payments for hearing loss. A staggering 60 percent of the troops who returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan sustained some degree of hearing loss, causing the military to take preemptive measures to curtail hearing loss.

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