Buffalo, NY—Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that a decision would be put forth this Wednesday regarding the status of Sergeant Jason Lyon, and whether or not he will be allowed to serve as a Mail Carrier. Higgins called Deputy Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe yesterday, and Donahoe confirmed that an announcement would be made Wednesday.
“I am cautiously optimistic that there will be a positive outcome to what has been an unfortunate situation,” said Higgins. “Sergeant Lyon has served our country dutifully, and will hopefully at long last get what he has waited for. I am honored that my office and I were able to help Jason in his fight, from requesting that the USPS review his case to asking for a third party medical exam. In the second review the doctor confirmed what we were confident about all along—Jason is fully healed and able to serve as a Mail Carrier without any hardship.”
On March 29, the Postmaster General’s office agreed to a third party medical review for Sergeant Jason Lyon. This came after a March 22 letter to Postmaster General John Potter and phone calls from Higgins.
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. On Wednesday April 12 Sergeant Lyon had a third party medical exam, where he was given a clean bill of health.