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Iraq veteran must move mail box or lose mail service

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

No more junk mail clogging your mailbox: sounds like a dream come true?

It could become a reality for one Iraq veteran and Perry County native, but he's not happy about it.

The Postal Service is threatening to stop mail delivery to his house unless he moves his mailbox.

Johnny Feltner says the trouble all started about three or four months ago, when he got a letter from the post office saying that the his mailbox had to go ... nearly a mile down the road.

"It's been here for 15 years," Feltner said. "It was approved by the past postmaster. They came and looked at it and said it was fine."

He tried to get help with his predicament, even writing Representative Hal Rogers.

Feltner says he'd like to keep his mailbox where it is, but the Postal Service says the long gravel road leading up to his house just isn't safe.

A safety specialist inspected Feltner's driveway and determined there was no safe way for mail carriers to turn around without backing up.

"You know that's a no-no in the post office," said David Walton, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service's Kentuckiana District. "We do not like our carriers to back up. It poses a safety concern and ... the safety of our employees is of the utmost importance."

An Iraq veteran with more than 20 years experience in both the National Guard and the Kentucky State Police, Feltner says he's earned the right to keep his mailbox where it is.

"I think a year in combat, I deserve to be left alone. You know like I said, if it was something new that's one thing. It's been here for 15 years never been a problem," he said.

Feltner says he feels like he's being singled out, and doesn't understand why he should have to make the change.

Feltner says he has until September 5th to comply with the post office.

After that, all of his mail will be marked "return to sender."

We got this response Wednesday from the office of Congressman Hal Rogers:
"When someone files a complaint with our office, Congressman Rogers makes it a priority for staff to be readily available to assist. When Johnny Feltner contacted Congressman Rogers for help with his mail delivery, a staff member immediately contacted the US Postal Service to advocate for a resolution to the situation. Ultimately, these types of safety decisions are made at the discretion of the Postal Service, but Congressman Rogers will continue to monitor the situation."
--Karen Kelly, District Director for Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05)

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