More proof that if you have a problem with the USPS or other government agencies, your best bet is to go straight to your local news media. In this case, the widow of a California postal worker got the US Postal Service to abandon its insane “don’t call 911” policy after it contributed to the death of her husband. And now, she’s finally gotten the OWCP to pay her the death benefits she’s entitled to- all thanks to a couple of minutes of damning video on the local TV station:
The federal Office of Workers’ Compensation approved an East Bay widow’s claim for death benefits one day after an NBC Bay Area investigation revealed her year-long battle for benefits following the death of her husband, Sam.
The government had twice denied Larnie Macasieb’s petitions, but in a stunning reversal last week, the office approved her claim.
“Winning this is something that I know Sam has something to do with,” Macasieb said of her late husband. “He knows because I always dream of him. He was very happy and he hugs me and he tells me ‘I love you’ and I tell him ‘I love you too.’”
Macasieb’s husband died following a traumatic head injury he suffered during his shift at the Postal Processing and Distribution Center in West Oakland in August 2014.