Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith
Most people hate waiting in line at the post office.
On Dec. 11 though, Soldiers of the Warrior Transition Battalion and their Families were lucky enough to have the post office come to them.
The U.S. Postal Service, in an effort to reach out to the wounded warriors of the WTB, set up a mini post office at the Soldier Family Assistance Center so the Soldiers and their Families could send off packages without having to wait in the long lines at the post office.
“With the wounded warriors … a lot of those guys can’t get out,” said Ron Perry, customer relations coordinator for the USPS. “If we can make a way for them to mail packages and so forth, then let’s do it.
“That’s why we’re here, trying to help them. It’s easier for them to come and do this than go anywhere else.”
Complete with boxes, tape, labels, a scale and a cashier, the mini post office allowed for just about all shipping needs to be met without the hassle of the holiday rush. There was also paper, markers, crayons and envelopes for the children to write their letters to Santa Claus and have them sent off to the north pole.
“We’re trying to make it easier for them … with mobility issues and everything else,” said Capt. Rachael Travis, personnel officer for the WTB.
The service provided to the Soldiers by the USPS did not go unappreciated by the Soldiers who were able to take advantage of the event.
“I just want to tell them, I know the work is going to be hard this holiday season. Thanks for your support for the Soldiers and to the retired vets that are in the postal service. Thank you for your service,” said Spc. Michael Thomas, Company A, WTB.
The wheels were put into motion more than two weeks before the event to ensure that it would go off without a hitch.
“It’s something that took a couple weeks to get together,” said Perry.
“We worked through all the red tape and all the barriers, and here we are.”
Along with the amenities of the post office at their fingers, Soldiers were also privy to an acoustic-style concert from the up-and-coming country band Telluride. A four member group out of Nashville, Tenn., who has shown its support for America’s wounded veterans before.
“They’ve been here a couple times before and they enjoy coming just for our (warriors in transition),” said Yvette Allen, outreach program manager for the SFAC. “They’ve put on free concerts for us in the past a couple of times.”
Playing an array of songs from a repertoire of classic rock, country, their own originals and holiday songs, Telluride entertained the SFAC for more than an hour taking requests from the audience and then sticking around afterwards to socialize and have lunch with the Soldiers.
To round out the event, Santa Claus himself made an appearance to hand out gifts and talk to the children.
The SFAC staff is their to support the Soldiers of the WTB and their Families in whatever way they can, and putting on events like this is one way they can reach out help them.
“The Soldier Family Assistance Center was stood up to assist the wounded Soldiers and their Families with their needs,” said Allen, “We’re here at their disposal.”