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February 18, 2004
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Letter Carriers Agree to Deliver Antibiotics to American Homes in Bioterrorist Attack

  Washington D.C. ~ William H. Young, president of the 305,000-member National Association of Letter Carrier, today issued the following statement upon agreement by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Postal Service for utilization of volunteer letter carriers to deliver antibiotics to homes in the event of a catastrophic bioterrorist event:

"Letter carriers deliver mail six days a week, in every state, every city and every neighborhood in America and with that we develop a close attachment to the families we serve. In the event of a dangerous bioterrorist attack, we consider it essential to help our postal customers protect their health.

"We all hope that such an incident never occurs, but if needed I am confident that members of the NALC would regard this volunteer activity as a patriotic duty not only for their friends and neighbors, but for the nation as a whole."


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