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Two Milwaukee-Area Veterans Say Postal Delays Are Causing Health Problems

Chuck Quirmbach
Beth and Manny Medina speak to the news media Thursday in Oak Creek.

The U.S. Senate will go back into session Sept. 8.  Among the people hoping the GOP-controlled chamber will help the U.S. Postal Service are a New Berlin couple, Beth and Manny Medina.

The Medinas, Marine Corps veterans, joined Wis. Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin Thursday at a news conference outside a postal sorting facility in Oak Creek. Manny Medina said he suffers from continuous migraine headaches and usually gets prescription drugs from the VA through the mail within two or three days of placing an order. Recently, the wait has grown to seven to nine days, and Medina said the delay has meant more pain.

"Pretty uncomfortable, sometimes unbearable.  I just have to deal with it. There's no other substitute of medicine I could take for it,” Medina told reporters.

Medina said he's noticed delays in other mail to his house, and he and his wife blame the problems on changes to post office staffing and sorting machines ordered by Trump administration Postmaster General  Louis DeJoy. 

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Democrats charge problems at the U.S. Postal Service also threaten getting absentee ballots in on time this November.  DeJoy recently said he's postponed some plans for the agency. But the House has passed a bill containing $25 billion in help for the post office. As the Senate possibly considers the measure, some Republicans claim it would undermine reforms in the postal system.

Chuck Quirmbach joined WUWM in August 2018. He focuses his longform stories on health, innovation, science, technology, transportation, utilities and business.
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