Connecticut family claims USPS lost veteran’s remains due to service cuts

Northeast

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (NewsNation) — As some local politicians continue to criticize U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Connecticut family says they’ve felt the effects of the USPS cuts first hand.

Army veteran Scot Egan died in St. Louis in July. His sister, Dr. Jean Egan, says she tried to mail his cremated remains to her other sister. She says for 12 days, the post office lost them, and she blames postmaster general Louis DeJoy and the cuts he has made.

“If Postmaster General DeJoy cannot do his duty to the American public, and military families like mine, then he should be removed from his post,” Egan said at a press conference alongside U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

State Attorney General William Tong (D) is also lashing out against DeJoy’s cuts in a video posted to Twitter from outside a post office in Hartford. He stands a few feet from a pile of machinery laying on the ground.

“One of those machines that can process up to 35,000 pieces of mail an hour that has apparently been dismantled. It’s out of service,” Tong said.

DeJoy himself testified virtually in a Senate hearing Friday morning, maintaining that his cuts have all been to keep the postal service from continuing to lose money.

“You have to deliver service and you have to be sustainable,” DeJoy said. “The operating model needs to cover its costs. There’s no other answer to that than that.”

As for Scot Egan’s remains, they were finally delivered, a couple of weeks late, thanks to a dedicated postal worker. Blumenthal described what that woman did.

“Drove for two hours each way, with no overtime, to deliver those remains to Jean’s sister,” Blumenthal said.

Democrats are now calling for post office cuts to be reversed back to how things were at the beginning of the year, citing concerns about the expected volume of mail ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

DeJoy promised this week to postpone any further changes until after the election, saying he wanted to avoid even the perception of interference in the 2020 general election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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