In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) began closing or consolidating mail processing plants across the country. Mail processing plants are the central sorting hubs, and their elimination can mean that mail has to travel further before delivery. Facility
closures have been associated with delays in mail delivery, missed overnight mail deadlines, and reduced frequency of deliveries. These closures are particularly taxing on seniors, veterans, and rural communities who depend on timely deliveries for prescriptions
and other services. While USPS temporarily halted these closures, they could begin again at any time.