Friday, June 01, 2012

Symbolic Stamp Would Support Veterans Programs

The Stars and Stripes reports, "...a bipartisan group of lawmakers has sought to fire up that patriotic spirit with the Victory for Veterans Stamp Act. The act would provide for the sale of a 21-cent stamp to generate money for veterans programs, paying down the national debt and propping up the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp could not be used for postage, even though it would be offered for sale by the Postal Service. Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., the bill’s chief sponsor, said the stamp would be a way for Americans to show their patriotism and support for the troops."

According to reporter Richard Simon, "Larson came up with the idea for the stamp while going through letters his parents sent to each other during World War II.

“I couldn’t help but notice a unique ‘victory’ stamp that was used at the time as a means to help support the war effort,” he said, referring to a 3-cent violet “Win the War” stamp featuring the American eagle with wings spread in a V, encircled by 13 stars.

Larson is quoted in the article as saying the new stamp could spur school campaigns to write troops. It could be attached to the envelopes, in addition to the postage.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM