USPS lost remains of Army veteran, delaying delivery, family says

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The family of a deceased US Army veteran said the US Postal Service (USPS) lost his remains in transit, delaying their delivery.The army veteran in question, Scot Egan, died in July, and his remains were due to be sent to his sister, although his family say the USPS lost the remains for 12 days, ABC reported.

Egan’s sister Dr Jean Egan blamed recent cuts to the USPS by the Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoy Democrats say the postal service is delaying “much worse than previously recognized.” Playing politics with USPS House set to approve B for Postal Service in rare Saturday vote MORE for the deadline.

“If Postmaster General DeJoy cannot do his duty to the American public and military families like mine, he should be removed from office,” Egan said at a press conference on Friday alongside US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

Jean Egan said the remains took weeks to be delivered, and the USPS issued an apology in a statement.

“The postal service apologizes to the family for the delay,” the statement said. ‚ÄúThere was some wrong direction given at the time of shipment and we are working with our staff across the state to, once again, raise awareness of proper procedures for handling cremated remains. ”

Blumenthal praised the postal worker who made the delivery after she allegedly drove two hours each way “without overtime” to deliver the remains of the veteran to Egan.

The news comes as the USPS has been harassed by the coronavirus pandemic resulting in delays in service. The news also comes as lawmakers in Washington, DC, debate next steps to address operational changes announced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy earlier this summer.

On Saturday, the House passed legislation that would give the Postal Service $ 25 billion to help boost the agency’s operations amid the pandemic and ahead of the November election. The bill also prevents the post office from making changes to its operations that could slow the delivery of postal ballots for this fall’s election.



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