Did you know that July 1 is National Postal Worker Day? In its honor, we’re going to run a blog series during the month of July that focuses on the value the Postal Service brings to the nation. We all know the Postal Service delivers mail to almost every address six days a week. And there is probably no time like the present to make us appreciate our postal carrier delivering our medications and supplies. But the Postal Service provides even greater value than regular mail delivery. Historically, the nation has benefited from having the Postal Service play the roles of a national infrastructure and government presence.

Over the next four weeks, we will tell a different story of how the Postal Service has contributed to our national infrastructure:

  • July 6 - The Postal Service’s critical role in ensuring and providing essential services, including voting by mail and disaster recovery.
  • July 13 - The Postal Service’s development of the national address system and the ZIP Code.
  • July 20 - The value the Postal Service provides to remote and rural communities.
  • July 27 - The Postal Service’s value to the economy.

Tell us what you think. Are there other ways the Postal Service brings value? What do you personally value about the Postal Service or postal workers? What roles do you think the Postal Service should play in the future?

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  • anon

    The USPS should raise postage of Marketing Mail, especially for non-profits. If they can send out nickels and quarters, the organizations can afford a first class stamp and should be required to pay full postage for doners responding with checks of $10, $20, or more. No more special treatment. Also, eliminate Saturday delivery. One sixth cost savings as a result and all carriers get the same days off that eliminates rotating schedules.

    Aug 09, 2020
  • anon

    I truly appreciate my postal services workers! They are an integral part of my community and I am very grateful for their hard work and kindness. I have a loved one in the US Army, and I send care packages every few weeks, and of late, the priority mail that I pay to get delivered in three days, takes two and a half weeks to get from MA to a base in LA. I feel like a louse sending stale, crumbled, rotten cookies. I know everybody is doing the best they can, but why has it gotten so bad in the past few months?

    Jul 30, 2020
  • anon

    The USPS is an incredible and valued institution that reaches and serves every citizen of this country. We need to protect this institution, all of its locations, all of its many services (passport! money orders!, etc.), and all of its workers, from its letter carriers and those who transport our letters and packages across long distances to those who staff its offices.

    Jul 06, 2020
  • anon

    The Post Office is a vital public service. Living in a rural area, I am thankful that I can be so easily connected to the world, and I don’t have to pay more for it. USPS is vital already but there’s much more it could do. As laid out in Delivering Community Power (a forward-thinking plan for Canada’s postal service), USPS could lead the charge in creating a green economy. Postal banking that invests in our communities; door-to-door delivery of mail, food, and medicine; climate-friendly delivery across the US; door-knocking on elders’ homes - these are all exciting new ways in which we can reimagine our postal service as a leader in a modern, green economy.

    Jul 06, 2020
  • anon

    The US Postal Service is essential to all Americans. We receive our medication, voter registration, census information, social security information, bills, packages, and etc. from this government agency. I fully support it. Thank you to all of the employees for their dedicated service.

    Jul 05, 2020
  • anon

    The post office reaches across the nation to all addresses and foes not receive tax dollars. It is an invaluable service and underutilized. Banking, drivers licenses, voter registration, and many other services could be brought to the post office. Do not let our post offices fail

    Jul 05, 2020
  • anon

    valuable information

    Jul 04, 2020
  • anon

    The post office provides a local in-person service in so many small towns, where local retail has disappeared

    Jul 03, 2020
  • anon

    The USPS provides services that I couldn't live without. Receiving medical prescriptions in the mail, as a 70 y.o. is very important. The Informed Delivery is a service I'm also very grateful for. The idea that services provided by USPS could be privatized isn't acceptable to me AT ALL.

    Jul 03, 2020
  • anon

    Growing up in a small rural town in Northwest Connecticut, I developed a friendship with a gent by the name of CP Meier, who was the local postmaster. This was more than 60 years ago, CP is long gone dead, and the Post Office is in a newer building a quarter mile away, but when I go back, I make a point of stopping in and buying some new commemoratives for later use. Don't think it is all nostalgia, either. It is a sense of connectedness with something good at the heart of this country. I know because I get the same sense, not as intense perhaps bur just as real, when I go do some mailing at my local PO here in Harlem.

    Jul 03, 2020
  • anon

    I fully support the workers of the USPS and the continuation of this vital service. It is the most consistently reliable service of the US government. Especially in the midst of a global pandemic, we cannot afford any threats to our USPS. It is unimaginable to me that the Trump administration would even consider threatening the existence of the USPS. There will be h*#l to pay if Trump touches our beloved USPS!

    Jul 03, 2020
  • anon

    The U.S. Postal Service provides a unique employment career with collective bargaining and federal employment benefits. Citizens of our nation who become career postal workers raise their families in a stable environment that allows more opportunities for education, diversity and successful lives. The nation prospers when employees work for decent wages and benefits.

    Jul 01, 2020
  • anon

    The USPS system in place for the proper handling of all valuables, ensure security, and safety whenever we utilize the Certified process, where signature to signature is mandated.

    Jun 30, 2020
  • anon

    The United States Postal Service is by far over and over the best agency hands down. Our employees do an amazing job, even through the false vail of confusion many profess, still shines for our Customers and the Public! Integrity is much needed and Our contact with the public is surpassed by none! keep up the great Work!

    Jun 30, 2020
  • anon

    The launching of this blog the USPS OIG is timely and necessary as those of us who provide and receive the essential services delivered by America’s Postal Service day in and day of voice the need for the sustainability and expansion of the USPS. I can’t wait to view the blog series.

    Jun 29, 2020
  • anon

    WE ALL NEED TO COME TOGETHER.

    Jun 29, 2020