Our mission is to STAMP OUT PTSD! We meet a lot of people on the street who ask how this semi-postal stamp will help Veterans cure and treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I thought this would be a great place for me to explain some of the specifics that we have been working on to make sure this is one of the most effective research and treatment projects known in America. Keep in mind, this new semi-postal stamp to help Veterans still needs to be introduced into legislation but Congressman Robert Pittenger is going to introduce this idea to Congress early next year.
What does “Semi-Postal” mean?
Semi-Postal means that Congress will authorize the sale of the stamp through the United States Postal Service (USPS) for a period of two years. The US Postal Service will handle the promotion and all sales of the stamp across America, you will even be able to buy them online. When Americans buy the stamp the proceeds will be disbursed to the Department of Defense who will then distribute the funds according to the specifics of the passed legislation. Congress will then re-evaluate the project every two years to determine how effective the project is in meeting it’s goal.
What will the Department of Defense do with the money?
The Congressman has shared that the bill will detail the funds to be distributed by certain undetermined percentages. The largest portion of the funds will go to helping research and develop treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The remainder portion of the funds would be distributed to non profit organizations already making a difference for Veterans like The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Iraqi and Afghanistan War Veterans. The final legislation will outline all organizations that would receive the funding.
How does The American Veteran Foundation Fit in the Picture?
Regardless of what happens with the stamp legislation, we are making a conscience effort to Put Veterans First! If you look on the National Center For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder website is says “PTSD is the most prevalent mental health challenge faced by our Nation’s Veterans.”