Postal workers/veterans gratified by recognition

       As part of an effort by the U.S. Postal Service district of Colorado and Wyoming, 30 postal workers at the West End Station who have served in the military were honored at the Carrier Annex Nov. 9.
       The event, timed for Veterans Day Nov. 11, included a talk by decorated Westside Army Col. Dave Hughes and the presentation of service medallions to the West End veterans. West End Manager Sue Luck embellished the occasion with balloons and cake.
       “Many of you are here, and many of you are not here,” Hughes said, referring to those who have died in service of their country. “All of you understand that this is about unlimited sacrifice.”
       After talking about his own career, which included combat in Korea - where he won the Distinguished Service Cross - and Vietnam, the 76-year-old Hughes said, “If asked, I would be glad to be in Fallujah right now.”
       In all, Luck said there are 47 employees at the West End Station. She credited Colorado-Wyoming District Manager Ellis Burgoyne for spearheading the veteran recognition effort.
       On one side of the colorful medallions is the Postal Service logo, and on the other side is the name of whichever branch of the service the employee served. At West End, this covered Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force. “We have enough for our own unit,” Hughes joked.
       Among the medallion recipients was William Searuggs, a former Army staff sergeant who was a tank commander in Desert Storm. He said the Postal Service's recognition was “commendable. It's been a long time coming for a lot of folks.”
       Terri Udy, an Army air traffic controller during the Vietnam era, said this was just the second time in 20 years the Postal Service has recognized its employees with military backgrounds. “This is nice,” she said. “It's about time they realized over half of their workforce is veterans.”
       The Carrier Annex, a non-public mail-sorting facility built this year at 25th and Robinson streets in the Midland area, is on the other side of Highway 24 from the public post office at 204 S. 25th Street.

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