Letter carriers fill kits for homeless Detroit veterans

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
William Rich, branch 270, Macon, Georgia, passes shirts as part of items to fill 2,000 homeless care kit bags assembled by members of the National Association of Letter Carriers during its 71st biennial convention at Cobo Center  in Detroit on July 17, 2018.

Detroit — Letter carriers are giving back to veterans.

With good reason: Vets make up about one-quarter of all letter carriers, those who deliver the mail say.

The U.S. Postal Service is the nation's largest civilian employer of military veterans. The National Association of Letter Carriers, which meets this week in Detroit for its biennial convention, asked letter carriers who are veterans to wear red T-shirts Tuesday and help assemble 2,000 care kit bags for homeless veterans in Detroit.

These bags will be distributed to veterans by the Michigan Veteran Foundation, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministry, Volunteers of America and the Emmanuel House, said Christina Vela Davidson, who oversees community services for the letter carriers union. 

"Our red-shirt veterans are packing this room, eager to fill bags, and we have way more volunteers than we need," said Davidson, who servedas a parachute rigger, who packs and maintains the gear. "We've got socks, toiletries, cloths, food to help our fellow soldiers."