It’s the moment many have been waiting for, at least judging by comments on our previous blog on semipostal stamps. The U.S.  Postal Service will issue an Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp next month, followed by a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) one in 2019.

Semipostal stamps include a surcharge to raise funds for a specific cause. Today, semipostal stamps sell for 60 cents, or 11 cents above the full First-Class stamp price. The Postal Service transfers the gross revenues from the sale of semipostals to a designated research agency or agencies.

The Postal Service announced last week that it will issue five semipostal stamps over a 10-year period under its semipostal discretionary program, with each stamp to be sold for no more than two years. The discretionary program allows USPS to introduce a semipostal stamp. Congress can also authorize a semipostal stamp through legislation, like the Breast Cancer Research stamp, which was issued in 1997. The Postal Service intends to sell only one discretionary semipostal stamp at a time, but they could be sold with one or more congressionally approved semipostal stamps.

USPS has not yet determined what the next three discretionary semipostal stamps will be after the PTSD one. But it seems fair to say that the upcoming release of an Alzheimer’s awareness stamp will be very well-received. Our February 2016 blog on semipostal stamps yielded more than 400 comments ― with the vast majority arguing for an Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp. Numerous members of Congress also supported a stamp for Alzheimer’s research with many urging the Postal Service to issue one under its discretionary program.

What cause would you like to see the next three discretionary semipostal stamps support?

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  • anon

    These stamps are great - but nowhere on the face does it say how much they're worth; when postal rates go up, how can you know how much add'tl postage you need to put on? Why not make them "forever" stamps?

    Aug 02, 2018
  • anon

    I love the idea of utilizing the Postal Service to help spread awareness and support causes! I am a letter carrier, and my husband is a Carrier Supervisor. Last July, 3rd, I donated a kidney to him. I would love to see a stamp promoting chronic kidney disease awareness! The disease potentially affects one in three adult Americans. We could make a huge difference! I talk to people all the time who are completely unaware of this silent killer. I am doing everything in my power to get the word out, and with the help of the United States Postal Service, we can fight this disease together!

    Mar 20, 2018
  • anon

    Just used a WPA forever stamp with a logo for Puerto Rico. Mightn't it be wonderful if we could raise funds for Puerto Rico and the WPA art is already done! Please continue to advertise semipostal stamps - I always feel proud to place a few extra cents on an envelope to honor the person I'm sending my mail to - Breast Cancer was so poignant. Let's do a stamp for our adopted island of Puerto Rico in their time of need!

    Jan 16, 2018
  • anon

    That's great. Unfortunately you don't deliver mail to my address. So stamps don't help. I'll get Alzheimer's myself before you will deliver mail to my address. OIG has no honor allowing USPS employees to abuse authority and lie to law enforcement. No honor.

    Oct 17, 2017

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