Special Report

18 Not So Obvious Ways the Post Office Helps Americans

Protects veterans from scams

The USPS tries to protect military veterans from scams. Postal Inspectors, in partnership with the AARP, promoted Operation Protect Veterans to raise awareness of scams that target military veterans. The Inspection Service launched a special web page dedicated to Operation Protect Veterans at https://www.uspis.gov/veterans.

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Delivers food to hard-to-get-to places

Every year, the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers hold a one-day food drive. The post office in Peach Springs, Ariz., has walk-in freezers for food intended for delivery by mule train to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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Employs hundreds of thousands

The United States Postal Service has more than 630,000 employees as of Sept. 30, 2019. It is the second-largest civilian employer in the U.S. (only Walmart is bigger).

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