STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN BRIAN HIGGINS
Buffalo, NY Ė Today, through a call with Deputy Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, I have learned that Sergeant Jason Lyon has been cleared for duty as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.
This is a great day for Jason. He is qualified for the job and will serve the Western New York community and the United States Postal Service well in his new career. I am pleased that Jasonís hard work has resulted in the outcome that he truly deserves.
I would also like to recognize the professional manner in which the Postal Service has dealt with my office, particularly Deputy Postmaster General Donahoe who paid a great deal of personal attention to Jasonís case.
I am happy to have played a role in what has resulted in an exciting new chapter in Jasonís life and I wish him great success in his new profession and I thank him again for his service to our country. Ė Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27)
Sergeant Jason Lyon is a member of the National Guard who served in Iraq for the U.S. Army. He was previously denied an appointment to serve as a mail carrier in Western New York because of a sprained ankle received while serving in Iraq; an injury which has subsequently healed. While the U.S. military deemed Jason fit for service, the USPS would not.
Jason Lyon contacted Congressman Higginsí office for assistance with this matter.
On March 22 Congressman Higgins sent a letter to Postmaster General John Potter and made a phone call requesting a third party medical review in Sergeant Lyonís case.
On March 29, the Postmaster Generalís office agreed to a third party medical review for Sergeant Jason Lyon.
On Wednesday April 12 Sergeant Lyon had a third party medical exam, where he was given a clean bill of health.
Today, April 19, Deputy Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe called Congressman Higgins with the news that Jason has been approved to serve as a mail carrier in Hamburg, NY.