As Postmaster General Louis Joy has made cuts and roll backs to the United States Postal Service in recent weeks, Cal Cunningham and Pat Timmons-Goodson are standing up for North Carolina veterans in a new op-ed for the Fayetteville Observer.
Across North Carolina, veterans like Bill in Sanford, a Marine Corps veteran with diabetes, have seen major delays in their prescription deliveries: “Bill went without critical medicine for 10 days, and as a result, saw his blood sugar spike to dangerous levels. Unfortunately, Bill’s story isn’t unique.”
Both from military families, Cal and Pat understand the sacrifice North Carolina veterans make to serve their country, “[b]ut right now, Washington isn’t living up to its end of the bargain.” Instead of standing up for the hundreds of thousands of veterans that call North Carolina home, Thom Tillis is “sitting on the sidelines as Washington bureaucrats are playing partisan games with the U.S. Postal Service.”
Senator Tillis refused to condemn the harmful cuts, and after DeJoy’s testimony before Congress, many were left with even more questions: “Will he return mail sorting machines to postal facilities? Will he make sure postal workers have the resources they need to get life-saving medication to veterans on time moving forward? How will he make up for the damage that has already been done to North Carolina?”
North Carolinians, especially our veterans, deserve leadership in Washington that demands those answers — “[a]nything short of that is a dereliction of duty.”
Read more below.
Fayetteville Observer: Democratic candidates: Postal Service delays hurt veterans; Tillis, Hudson sitting it out
By Cal Cunningham and Pat Timmons-Goodson – September 2, 2020
- North Carolina is a state that knows what it means to serve. Our state is home to nearly 700,000 veterans who fulfilled their duty to our nation and served our country honorably. And when these veterans raised their right hand and took an oath to support and defend the United States, they had every right to expect we would support and defend them.
- But right now, Washington isn’t living up to its end of the bargain.
- Across the state, our veterans aren’t receiving the life-saving medications they need on time because politicians like Sen. Thom Tillis and Rep. Richard Hudson are sitting on the sidelines as Washington bureaucrats are playing partisan games with the U.S. Postal Service, and causing major mail delays that threaten the health and well being of our veterans.
- Our Postal Service is so much more than the way we get the mail. It is an institution enshrined in our Constitution, and plays a special role in the lives of veterans. The USPS employs nearly 100,000 veterans, and in addition to distributing prescriptions on behalf of the VA, we know that military families and organizations rely on the Postal Service to deliver care packages to provide comfort to service members away from home as they serve their country.
- In recent weeks, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a deep-pocketed donor who has contributed to Republicans across the state, made a number of cuts and roll backs to the United States Postal Service. DeJoy removed mail sorting machines from postal facilities — including seven right here in North Carolina — cut overtime pay for postal workers, and cracked down on postal workers making deliveries after hours.
- And North Carolina veterans and service members are paying the price.
- Veterans like Bill in Sanford, who is a Marine Corps veteran with diabetes. Bill went without critical medicine for 10 days, and as a result, saw his blood sugar spike to dangerous levels. Unfortunately, Bill’s story isn’t unique. Veterans across the state are experiencing delays and worrying if they’ll get the medicine they rely on when they need it.
- Our veterans deserve better.
- And they deserve representatives who will stand up and speak out for them. While DeJoy was making these harmful cuts, Republicans in Congress like Sen. Tillis and Rep. Hudson remained silent.
- DeJoy claims he’s suspending his harmful policies, but it’s still unclear which cuts he intends to roll back. Will he return mail sorting machines to postal facilities? Will he make sure postal workers have the resources they need to get life-saving medication to veterans on time moving forward? How will he make up for the damage that has already been done to North Carolina? North Carolina veterans deserve answers.
- Both of us come from military families, we know the sacrifices our veterans, service members and their families make to keep our country safe from harm. And we know the pride that our military families take in their service. Our veterans gave us much more than we could ever give back, and all they’re asking in return is that we take care of them like they took care of us.
- It’s time for Sen. Tillis and Rep. Hudson to do their jobs, demand answers from DeJoy and hold Washington accountable.
- Anything short of that is a dereliction of duty.