A simple stamp is raising money for PTSD research by the VA

Julia LeDoux
June 26, 2020 - 2:41 pm
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The Healing PTSD stamp, issued by the United States Postal Service last year, is having a big impact on the mental health of veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Friday that the VA National Center for PTSD will be able to fund additional research due to the sale of more than 7 million of the stamps from December of 2019 to May of this year. According to a release, stamps sales have raised more than $717,000, which has now been disbursed to the VA.

The USPS’s new fundraising stamp is dedicated to healing PTS

“Thanks to the millions of Americans who purchased the Healing PTSD stamp, VA will continue to study, create awareness, educate and develop policies which better the lives of veterans with PTSD,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The stamp not only raises awareness about PTSD but will provide funding for needed research and education about trauma and PTSD treatment.”

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June is national Post Traumatic Stress Month and anyone who has seen or gone through a traumatic event, such as war, sexual assault or a serious accident, can develop PTSD. As a result, they may experience problems sleeping, trouble concentrating, recurrent dreams about the trauma, intense reactions to reminders of the trauma, disturbances in relationships and/or isolation. 

For more information about PTSD, click here.

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If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text to 838255, or chat online.