New US Semipostal Stamp to Fund Alzheimer’s Disease Research

New US Semipostal Stamp to Fund Alzheimer’s Disease Research
U.S. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan has dedicated a new semipostal stamp to fund research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Under the Semipostal Authorization Act, five semipostal fundraising stamps will be issued over the next 10 years, with each one to be sold for no more than two years. The Alzheimer’s stamp is the first in the series; it'll be followed by a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stamp, to be issued in 2019. Themes for the remaining three stamps have not yet been announced. “The Postal Service is proud to issue this stamp today to help raise public awareness of Alzheimer’s,” Brennan said in a Nov. 30 press release. “Proceeds from its sale will help support urgently needed medical research into this incredibly debilitating disease.” The stamp depicts an illustration that first appeared on the 2008 Alzheimer's Awareness stamp. That 42-cent issue shows an older woman in profile with a hand on her shoulder, suggesting sunlight behind her and clouds in front of and below her figure. This commemorative shows the woman facing right, to help differentiate between the two stamps (in 2008, the woman was facing left). Matt Mahurin of Topanga Canyon, California, is the artist behind the illustration. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) initiative includes a hashtag to share the news on social media, #AlzheimersStamp, and the price of the new stamp includes the first-class, single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase. An additional amount funds Alzheimer’s research. Sales of the new stamp — minus the postage paid and the reimbursement of reasonable costs incurred by USPS — will be distributed to the Na
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