Postal Facts - U.S. Postal Service
13 Veterans. The Postal Service employs nearly 73,000 military veterans, making it one of the largest employers of veterans in the country. The organization has also issued more than 140 stamps honoring the nation’s military history, including the Service Cross Medals stamps.
12 Social Responsibility. The Postal Service supports communities nationwide. These efforts include facilitating the nation’s largest one-day food drive, working with customers to prevent dog bites, educating customers on consumer protection, and delivering holiday magic to those in need.
10 Heroes. Postal employees regularly go beyond the call of duty to protect the lives of customers they serve, including older and disabled customers through the Carrier Alert Program. In fiscal year 2020, the Postal Service recognized 186 heroic employees.
9 Greener than you think. Free Priority Mail boxes meet Sustainable Forestry initiative and Forest Stewardship Council certification standards. This means the paper for those boxes comes from well-managed forests. In addition, the boxes include at least 30-percent recycled content.
8 Retail giant. With more than 31,000 retail offices, the Postal Service has the nation's largest retail network — bigger than McDonald’s — bigger than Starbucks — bigger than Walmart.
7 Global. The Postal Service processes and delivers 43 percent of the world's mail and is constantly innovating to make customer experiences better.
6 Vehicles. The Postal Service has more than 231,000 vehicles, one of the largest civilian fleets in the world. New next-generation vehicles will have improved ergonomics, safety features, fuel efficiency and design flexibility.
5 Competition and collaboration. The Postal Service both competes and collaborates with the private sector. UPS and FedEx pay the Postal Service to deliver hundreds of millions of their ground packages, and USPS pays UPS and FedEx for air transportation.
4 Affordability. For 55 cents, anyone can send a letter, regardless of geographic location, to anywhere in the United States.
3 Dependable. The Postal Service is the only organization in the country that has the resources, network infrastructure and logistical capability to regularly deliver to every residential and business address in the nation.
2 Security. U.S. Mail is protected by more than 200 federal laws enforced by the Postal Inspection Service, one of the nation's oldest law enforcement agencies.
And most importantly...
1 The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.