SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Members of the American Postal Workers Union protested outside of the Gateway Post Office Thursday in Springfield. Braden Pelky, the local president of the APWU, says that his friend and co-worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was terminated after being on active military duty for too long. The anonymous postal worker is currently on active duty and serving stateside in the military. The man worked at the post office for 10 years, and has been on active duty for 8 of those years. USERRA, or The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, protects the jobs of active military members for up to five years. After someone is on active duty for more than five years, their employers have a right to terminate them, as they are no longer protected by the USERRA.