Monday, April 12, 2010

The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club

Remy Benoit reports on the website that the Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club was formed more than 29 years ago and now has over 600 active members throughout the United States and abroad.

The stamps and coins acquired from donations are provided free of charge to veterans with service related injuries and medical problems.

World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Maurice A. Storck, Sr., 88, is the president of the organization. Maurice was reached by telephone recently and said that he and several assistants send out hundreds of packets of quality stamps to veterans each week.

According to Maurice, "There used to be stamp clubs in the VA hospitals themselves, but the VA now feels if you are well enough to collect stamps, you are well enough to do it at home so we mail them out now."

Maurice says most of the vets he helps with their collections are World War II vets. "The younger ones aren't really interested."

When asked about a similiar program, Stamps for the Wounded, Maurice said that the program was not as active as it once was. He felt his group was much more sensitive to the wants and needs of veterans who are stamp collectors since he himself is a vet as well as a stamp collector and former stamp dealer.

"We send them good stuff not junk stamps," Maurice said.

Donations of United States and Foreign Stamps both “ON” and “OFF PAPER” – U.S. and Foreign Coins and Paper Money – Sports Cards – Post Cards ( Old and New) – First Day Covers – Foreign Covers – Old U.S. Covers ( before 1920) – Cut Squares – Hunting Permit Stamps – Catalogues for both Stamps and Coins – Albums and Stock Books can be sent to:

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center
ATTN: Maurice A. Storck
Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club # 135 S.C.
3601 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, Arizoa 85723

Shown above, a Remember Our Veterans cinderella from the 1940s.

For more information on the the Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club, click here.
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