Decision Comes after Higgins’ Letter and Calls to Postmaster General’s Office
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Postmaster General’s office had agreed to a third party medical review for Sergeant Jason Lyon. This comes after a March 22 letter to Postmaster General John Potter and phone calls to Deputy Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, requesting that the United States Postal Service (USPS) review Sergeant Lyon’s case.
Sergeant Jason Lyon is a member of the National Guard who served in Iraq for the U.S. Army. He has been denied an appointment to serve as a Mail Carrier in Western New York because of a sprained ankle received while serving in Iraq and which has subsequently healed. While the U.S. military has deemed him fit for service, the USPS has not.
“The news today that Jason will be getting a third party medical review is positive and encouraging,” said Higgins. “At the least, after bravely serving our country, Jason deserves this courtesy; I am confident that this second review will show that he is fully healed and will be able to serve as a Mail Carrier, without any hardship.”
The Postmaster General’s office worked with the Western New York District office to send a letter dated March 28 to Sergeant Lyon to advise him of their decision. The appointment for the third party medical review will take place April 12, with a doctor in Buffalo.