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Letter carriers deliver mail, care—and sometimes chicken nuggets

Last October, Burlington, NC letter carrier Michael “Mickey” Wheeley was making deliveries to apartments on his route when he noticed three or four packages of medicine from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) still in the cluster-box mailbox for one of his customers.

Wheeley, a member of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 2262, felt something wasn’t right, so he decided to take the medicine and mail to check on the person. 

“I went to his door, and he mumbled, ‘Come in,’ ” Wheeley said.

When the carrier entered, he saw a man in a chair, unable to get up and walk—or even function—by himself.

“He was trapped in his recliner,” Wheeley said.

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