Captain Bob Roth posted on the carrier’s Facebook page Thursday that two boxes of mail sent from the U.S. to the ship were lost at sea when downwash from a helicopter rotor blew them overboard.
Sadly, Keshawnda Morrow has heard about mail getting lost before.
“I`m actually in the Navy and my family has sent me stuff that got lost, and it is frustrating because you saw me I took a long time packing that up,” says Morrow.
Keshawnda is glad she waited until today to send her brother and sister — both on the USS Truman their Christmas presents.
“I was mailing them snacks, books, stuff that they really needed because they want be home for Christmas and I wanted to surprise them because it will be like a piece of home.”
Keshawnda got her packages insured — and hopefully if your mail was in the boxes blown overboard you had insurance.
Priority mail is automatically insured up to $50 so whether you are covered there or bought insurance you have to wait 45 days from the postmark date to fill out a form and file a claim. You can get the form from any post office.
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The Navy estimates about 200 pounds of mail were in the boxes. With the increase in holiday mail, the ship receives about 19,600 pounds of mail per week.
There is a 45 day waiting period from postmark date to file a claim with the U.S. Postal service over lost mail. To make a claim the mail must have been insured. Form 1000 is available in any continental U.S. Post Office.