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Every day (even on holidays) these veterans deliver for the US Postal Service

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 2:27 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 5:34 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Veterans Day, post offices are closed. But the work behind the scenes keeps going to get ready for the busy holiday rush.

That sense of duty is familiar to many of those with the U.S. Postal Service. The agency makes an extra effort to honor and recruit those with military service.

Nixon Galan is supervisor of distribution operations at USPS in Honolulu and a 26-year veteran of the Navy. “Just like being in the military, mission is always first,” he said.

Rodney Tauvela was a Marine for more than 11 years and he’s now a USPS manager.

“When I got out of the military because I was a veteran and a disabled veteran at that, they opened up the test for me to be inducted into the postal service,” said Tauvela.

Some 550 people work at the USPS main processing facility near Honolulu’s airport and more than 100 are veterans.

“As long as we all served. We all have that connection and it is a bond that is hard to break,” said Galan.

The pandemic doubled the volume of letters and packages coming through the distribution facility so USPS is looking to add 275 entry level positions and 350 seasonal workers.

“The post office is a great organization,” said Galan.

On Veterans Day, these vets at USPS also salute their comrades.

“The sacrifices that we made past and present cannot be overlooked,’ said Tauvela.

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