USPS Encourages Writing Letters to Service Members

With Veterans Day just around the corner, USPS is encouraging Americans to salute the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military by using the new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp issued in early September.

“The Postal Service helps families stay connected to their loved ones who defend our country,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Service members look forward to letters from home. When springing into action, letters from home are not left behind on a cot or at the bottom of a duffle bag. Those letters are tucked safely in pockets. They’re kept close to their heart—and they’re pulled out and read again and again.”

Mail sent to service members at Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO) and Diplomat Post Office (DPO) addresses is mailed at the domestic rather than international price. As a domestic stamp, the Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp is good for mailing one-ounce cards and letters addressed to individuals at these locations. Using the current First-Class one-ounce letter price, the stamp can also be applied to mailing packages.

Available nationwide in sheets of 20, the stamps can be purchased online at or by calling 800-STAMP-24 ().

Second only to the Pentagon in hiring veterans, the U.S. Postal Service employs more than 108,000 former service men and women—comprising nearly one in five employees in its career workforce. Today, almost 1,000 dedicated postal employees continue to serve in an active duty status.

Show Support for U.S. Veterans With Purple Heart Medal Stamps

Show your support for the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces with the Purple Heart Medal Forever® stamp. The stamp has a 45-cent value and will be valid for First Class postage forever, regardless of any increase in postage rates. The First Class rate will increase in January 2013, so this is a great time to show your support for our veterans.

This includes a sheet of 20 Purple Heart Medal stamps and an envelope with an affixed stamp and and an official First Day of Issue postmark. The stamp was issued September 4, 2012.

Purple Heart Stamp Redesigned for 2012

2011 Purple Heart with Ribbon

Those of you with an astute eye will have noticed that the 2012 Purple Heart Medal Forever® stamp, which was released September 4, is a redesign of the 2011 Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp. To emphasize the brilliant purple appearing on the medal and in its ribbon, designer Jennifer Arnold slightly enlarged the Purple Heart medal and placed it on a pure white background. “When applied to an envelope,” says Ms. Arnold, “the stamp edges disappear, leaving the medal and ribbons of type hanging free.” We love the new treatment.

You can read more about the redesign of the stamp and a history of Purple Heart postage stamps at Beyond the Perf.