The United States Postal Service is taking action to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with the release of a new commemorative stamp.
Proceeds from the “Healing PTSD” stamp purchases will be donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Center for PTSD, the Postal Service announced Monday during a dedication event in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The image on the stamp, created by Mark Laita and Greg Breeding, features a sprouting green plant surrounded by withered leaves, a design meant to elicit feelings of growth, healing, and hope, the release said.
“The Postal Service is honored to issue this semipostal stamp as a powerful symbol of the healing process, growth and hope for tens of millions of Americans who experience PTSD,” David C. Williams, vice chairman of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, said during the dedication.
“Today, with the issuance of this stamp, the nation renews its commitment to raise funds to help treat soldiers, veterans, first responders, health care providers and other individuals dealing with this condition.”
The psychological well-being of troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is increasingly a focus of mental health studies centering on post-traumatic stress disorder.