On October 2, 2017, in support of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the US Postal Service announced that it will issue the first of five semi-postal postage stamps during the month of November. Net proceeds will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Details on issuance date and location will be provided at a later date.
President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. Today, this designation represents more than 5 million people who have been diagnosed with the disease. And currently, according the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), every 66 seconds someone in the US develops the disease.
The stamp will be sold at a premium of 60 cents. Citing the Semi-postal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106–253, net revenue from sales of semi-postal postage stamps has to be donated to a cause.
The USPS will issue 4 more semi-postal postage stamps over the next 10 years.
Source: USPS PR: The US Postal Service to issue Semi-postal stamps; http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_057.htm
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