Senator Jim Webb, along with a bipartisan group of seven Senators, called on the United States Postal Service Wednesday to issue the Purple Heart stamp on a permanent basis as a “forever” stamp. In a letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter, the Senators praised the reissuance of the Purple Heart stamp at the new 42-cent First Class rate but urged that the stamp be made permanent to honor servicemembers and veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart.

“This is a most appropriate way to honor past and future recipients of our nation’s oldest military decoration,” says Webb, a Marine combat veteran, who received two Purple Hearts during the Vietnam War.

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