Special Olympics World Games

Special olympics 2015

This year, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement. The Games will be held in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2. More than half a million spectators will enjoy nine days of challenging and inspiring international competition as more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will compete in 25 Olympic-type sports. It will be the first time the Special Olympics World Summer Games have been held in the United States since 1999.

The stamp features the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles logo, showcasing the colors of flags from participating countries. “The logo’s celebratory figure represents the courage, determination and joy of our athletes,” says Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of the 2015 Games. “Placing the iconic image inside the circle represents acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”

The stamp set is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

Flame of Hope

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Before the Special Olympics World Games begins on July 25, its symbol, the Flame of Hope, will be carried across the United States on foot to Los Angeles, the host city for the 2015 games.

Beginning its journey from Athens, Greece, the flame recently made its way to the East Coast of the United States. It was then split into three distinct flames yesterday and began the nearly month-and-a-half long trek throughout all 50 states along three separate routes. The flames will then converge in Los Angeles on July 10 where they will be reunited into one and serve as the centerpiece for this year’s games.

Throughout the flames’ journey, cities across the United States will celebrate the travelling icon by hosting evening celebrations. To find out when the Flame of Hope will travel through a location near you, go to http://www.unifiedrelay.org/.

Vietnam Medal of Honor

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The Medal of Honor is the nation’s most prestigious military decoration. It is awarded by the President of the United States on behalf of Congress to members of the armed services who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty” while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States.

The Vietnam War was a protracted conflict between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, beginning in the mid-1950s and ending with the fall of Saigon in the south in 1975. The first U.S. combat troops were committed to the defense of South Vietnam in March 1965, although American military advisers had been involved in South Vietnam since the 1950s. Several million Americans served on active duty in Vietnam until March 1973, when U.S. troops were withdrawn from the country. More than 58,000 Americans died as a result of the war.

The Vietnam Medal of Honor stamps are now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

Remember Those Who Have Given All

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Help Find Missing Children

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Affirming its long-standing commitment to help find missing children, the U.S. Postal Service issues this new stamp to make members of the public more aware of the ways they can assist-and to offer hope to the families of missing children as they continue their search.

More than 460,000 reports of missing children were made to law enforcement in the United States in 2014. Fortunately, loved ones have reason for hope: Increased public awareness, training, laws, and technology have led to more missing children coming home now than at any other point in history. For three decades, the U.S. Postal Service has also been honored to help with the search, cooperating with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Valassis Communications, Inc., on a program that features photographs of missing children on advertising materials delivered to millions of American homes. To date, about 1,900 of the nearly 3,300 children featured on these mailings have been recovered, at least 157 as a direct result of this program.

The stamp set is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

Lost and Found

Mt. Home, ID, City Carrier Sylvia Nixon.

Mt. Home, ID, City Carrier Sylvia Nixon.

Mountain Home, ID, City Carrier Sylvia Nixon was delivering mail on her route recently when she spotted a young boy walking through the neighborhood with no shoes on. Nixon sensed that there might be a problem with the situation and approached the boy. When she drew near him, she noticed that he was disoriented and wasn’t where he should have been.

Though Nixon didn’t know it at the time, the boy suffered from a serious medical condition and was miles away from where he was last seen.

Nixon called the local police department to help the boy find his way home and stayed with him until they arrived. The boy was reunited with his family soon thereafter, unharmed, thanks to Nixon’s thoughtful efforts.

High School Junior Learns Valuable Lesson

“My first surprise was that the Postal Service doesn’t use tax money for operations,” said Tell. “That’s definitely going in my report.” “Postmaster Wilson was very informative. He showed me the whole operation. Is this part of government necessary? Yes. Definitely,” Tell said.

“My first surprise was that the Postal Service doesn’t use tax money for operations,” said Tell. “That’s definitely going in my report.”
“Postmaster Wilson was very informative. He showed me the whole operation. Is this part of government necessary? Yes. Definitely,” Tell said.

When the U.S. government teacher gave the assignment to the class, Niwot, CO, High School Junior Elan Tell knew where he was going for his research: The U.S. Postal Service.

The assignment was to spend a day shadowing a government worker. The student was then to report back to the class whether the government function should be retained in a changing society and shrinking revenue.

Tell connected with Niwot OIC John Wilson who allowed the student to spend the day with him.

“My first surprise was that the Postal Service doesn’t use tax money for operations,” said Tell. “That’s definitely going in my report.”

“Postmaster Wilson was very informative. He showed me the whole operation. Is this part of government necessary? Yes. Definitely,” Tell said.

Post Office Tour Amazes Young Letter Writers

Anchor Point, AK, Retail Associate Melody Martin takes kids on a tour of the post office for National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Anchor Point, AK, Retail Associate Melody Martin takes kids on a tour of the post office for National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Students from Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point, AK, toured their local Post Office to learn about mailing letters and how mail moves through the facility for April’s National Card and Letter Writing Month.

Anchor Point Postmaster Rindye Phillips arranged the visitations.

“The tour began with the children purchasing stamps for letters they wrote to their friends or family,” Phillips explained. “They put their letters in the drop box and entered the office to see where the letters went. They were amazed at each stop on the tour.

“At the end of the tour, the teachers were given a bag with coloring pages and stickers for the kids,” she added. “We received ‘thank you’ posters from the children, which we put up on display in the mail room to remind our employees of the importance of teaching and how much fun a post office can be.”

Smokey Celebrates 71st Birthday

Smokey Bear, Capitan Postmaster Ralph Griffo, acting Post Office Operations Manager Paul Pantoja, and Smokey Bear Historical Park Manager Bennie Long.

Smokey Bear, Capitan Postmaster Ralph Griffo, acting Post Office Operations Manager Paul Pantoja, and Smokey Bear Historical Park Manager Bennie Long.

Recently, residents and visitors to the Capitan, NM, Post Office enjoyed a special treat – a visit from Smokey Bear.

Originally created in 1944, Smokey Bear has been an iconic symbol for preventing wildfires. When a fire devastated the southern part of New Mexico in 1950, firefighters managed to rescue a bear cub. Though partially burned, the cub was nursed back to health. Soon thereafter, the Forest Service and Game and Fish Department decided to make the cub the living symbol of Smokey Bear.

In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 71st birthday, a special postmark and commemorative envelope were offered to attendees of the 12th annual Smokey Bear Days event in Capitan on May 1 and 2.

“This Postmark America design will be a hit with visitors and area residents alike,” Capitan Postmaster Ralph Griffo said. “We’re proud to be able to help celebrate Smokey’s importance to our community and to the entire country.”

USPS 2015 Q2 Financial Results

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In fiscal 2015’s second quarter (Jan. 1-March 31), the Postal Service’s operating revenue increased $223 million, or 1.3 percent, when compared to the same period one year earlier.

The net loss was $1.5 billion compared to $1.9 billion a year ago.

The operating revenue increase was driven by 14.4 percent growth in shipping and package volume. First-Class Mail volume declined 2.1 percent, while Standard Mail volume dropped 1.1 percent.

Controllable income was $313 million, an increase of $52 million over the same period last year. This increase is primarily attributed to cost-cutting initiatives and rising revenue from strong shipping and package volume.

Controllable income is defined as net income excluding retiree health benefits prefunding expenses and expenses for interest rate and other non-cash workers’ compensation expenses, which are factors outside of management’s control.

“We’re pleased with the increase in our controllable net income compared to the same period last year, which demonstrates that our cost containment and revenue strategies are delivering results,” said PMG Megan Brennan.

“We also took significant steps during the quarter to improve our long-term operating model, which will help drive greater long-term efficiencies throughout our network.”

Complete financial results are in the Form 10-Q.

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