The United States Postal Service has just issued a "Healing PTSD" semipostal stamp that will raise money to be distributed to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the National Center for PTSD.
The First-Class stamps will sell for 65 cents, a ten-cent premium over the standard price. A semipostal stamp is one designed to fund causes in the public interest and in this case that interest is post-traumatic stress. The extra money will be donated to the cause.
The "Healing PTSD" stamp features a photo illustration of a green plant sprouting from ground covered in fallen leaves, symbolizing the PTSD healing process. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Mark Laita.
After an unfortunate first-day computer glitch that delayed early sales of the stamps on December 2nd was corrected, the "Healing PTSD" stamps should be available at all post offices nationwide. You can also order them in sheets of twenty directly from the USPS at their website.
The “Healing PTSD” stamp follows two other recently issued military-themed stamps. The Military Working Dogs Forever stamp was issued on August 1, 2019. The four stamp designs feature the four breeds that serve the United States military: the German shepherd, the Belgian Malinois, the Labrador retriever and the Dutch shepherd.
The Purple Heart Forever stamp was issued on October 4, 2019 and displays the medal as a way to further honor the men and women who are wounded or killed in action while in military service.
Both are still available and, since neither is part of a fundraising drive, each sells for the current fifty-five cent First Class rate.