USPS Lost Army Veteran’s Remains, Delaying Deliver, Family Says
According to The Hill, the family of deceased U.S. Army veteran Scott Egan says the U.S. Postal Service lost his remains and caused a delay in their delivery.
- Egan died in July and his remains were to be mailed to his sister, the news outlet reported, but his family claims the USPS lost his remains for 12 days.
- Dr. Jean Egan, his sister, pointed to recent cuts to USPS operations by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as reason for the delay. She said it took weeks for her brother’s remains to arrive.
- Jean Egan said Friday: "If Postmaster General DeJoy cannot do his duty to the American public, and military families like mine, that he should be removed from his post.”
- The USPS apologized, saying in a statement: "The Postal Service apologizes to the family for the delay. There was misdirection given at the point of mailing and we are working with our personnel around the state to, again, raise awareness in proper procedures for handling cremated remains."
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) “lauded the postal worker who made the delivery after she reportedly drove two hours each way ‘with no overtime’ to deliver the veteran's remains to Egan.”
The Hill reported,
The news comes as the USPS has been rankled by the coronavirus pandemic causing delays in the service. The news also comes as lawmakers in Washington, D.C., debate next steps to address operational changes announced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy earlier this summer.