A new Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising stamp was released by the US Postal Service on 30th November. The stamp costs 60 cents which includes the first-class, single-piece postage rate and an additional surcharge which will be donated for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health.
The design first appeared on a 2008, 42-cent Alzheimer’s Awareness stamp. It features an old woman with a hand on her shoulder. There is sunlight behind her and clouds in front of her. The 2008 stamp featured the old woman facing left while on the latest release, she faces the other side.
The US Postal Services can issue and sell semipostal fundraising stamps for good causes like these. Five semipostal fundraising stamps will be released in 10 years period and each stamp will be sold only for two years. The next in line is a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) semipostal stamp which will be released in 2019.
Proposals for future semipostals will be considered until 20th May 2023. The Breast Cancer Research Semipostal stamps have raised over $86.1 million, and the Save Vanishing Species Semipostal managed to raise over $4.3 million as of September 2017.