With the ubiquity of email, many of us haven't sent a letter in some time. But in November, there will be incentive to break out the envelopes — the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a special Alzheimer’s disease semipostal stamp.
Semipostal stamps, which are sold at higher prices in order to raise money for a particular cause, are authorized by the Postal Service’s semipostal discretionary program. The stamps currently sell for 60 cents and are designated as first-class postage stamps.
The release of the new stamp aligns with November’s designation as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which President Ronald Reagan declared in 1983. At the time of his announcement, Alzheimer’s affected less than two million Americans; currently, the number has grown to nearly 5.4 million.
The Alzheimer’s disease semipostal stamp is the first of five, each of which will have a limited release of two years. Next in the program: a post-traumatic stress disorder stamp slated for release in 2019.
The Alzheimer’s stamp can be purchased next month at post offices, usps.com and over the phone at 800-STAMP-24. Proceeds for the stamp will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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