Approximately 22% of the workforce in the USPS are veterans. It was an easy task to ask a veteran how valuable
letters are to a soldier away from home.
Letter Carrier, Leslie Laguna is a veteran from the 1991 Desert Storm campaign. Sergeant Laguna was deployed to Saudi Arabia as
an Administrative Specialist in the medical company. Last week while she was pitching mail, I asked her to talk a bit about the importance of letters to servicemen and women.
She said, “Letters were very important, they kept you going. They would call “Formation!” And everyone would wait in line, hoping they’d call your name. People who didn’t even know us would send letters. Classrooms of children. These letters reminded you of home and that people were thinking about you. They made you feel good about what you were doing.”
“I read and reread them. I wrote back to some. I would take them to read on duty. Depending upon who wrote them, I would save them. I have some dating back from 20 years ago! One’s from a co-worker at the post office. We still laugh about what he wrote.”
“Generally, folks would thank us for what we were doing and keep us abreast of what was going on back home. These letters made us feel appreciated and somewhat loved.”
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