18 Not So Obvious Ways the Post Office Helps Americans

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Is one of the largest employers of veterans in the country

Military veterans trade one uniform for another when they join the United States Postal Service. The USPS is one of the largest civilian employers of U.S. military veterans, with about 68,000 former service people working for the agency. As a nod to our men and women in uniform, the USPS has issued more than 140 stamps honoring America’s military history.

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Has made kids happy for more than a century

One of the most enduring holiday traditions is children sending letters to Santa Claus. In 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to answer letters addressed to Santa. This practice eventually evolved into the program Operation Santa. Over time, the USPS invited charitable organizations and corporations to participate for philanthropic purposes. In 2021, 4.3 million people visited USPSOperationSanta.com. Generous customers made the season magical for families and children by adopting 21,175 letters and shipping 21,443 packages.

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Sets an example in using renewable energy

In 2021, the Postal Service recycled 277,994 tons of mixed paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, electronic equipment, and other items. The USPS has a solar-power generation system consisting of more than 25,755 solar panels at its Los Angeles mail-processing facility. The USPS has a goal of cutting energy used per square foot of building space by 25% by 2025.

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Helps people copyright their work

The Postal Service has more than 500 copyright registrations. Many of these are to protect artwork on postage stamps.

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Functions as a social network, helping people stay in touch

The United States Post Service has been a means of linking people together for almost 250 years, so you might call it the original social network. Even so, you can find the USPS represented on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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