Attorney General Joins Purple Heart Campaign

Attorney General Spitzer has joined New York veterans in calling for the issuance of a Purple Heart commemorative postage stamp.

In a letter to U.S. Postal Service officials, Spitzer called the stamp "an especially meaningful and timely tribute to those who have served our nation in the military."

Spitzer noted that the postal service receives numerous requests for commemorative stamps, but he said this particular request from veterans' groups was compelling.

The Purple Heart Medal was originally established by General George Washington in the Revolutionary War, and through the years the medal has come to signify the honor and patriotism of veterans.

Spitzer said issuance of the stamp would "help educate young people about the extraordinary sacrifices that have been made to ensure freedom and security of the United States."

In an attempt to interest younger generations in stamp collecting, the Postal Service has issued stamps commemorating various aspects of popular culture, including popular entertainers and even cartoon characters.

The Attorney General said he believed that even though Purple Heart was a very serious subject, it would be a popular stamp that would serve an important goal of building respect and appreciation for the contributions of veterans.

Spitzer commended State Sen. William J. Larkin for advancing the cause of the Purple Heart commemorative stamp. Larkin, a veteran of three U.S. wars, brought the matter to Spitzer's attention. At Larkin's request, Spitzer has also urged attorneys general in other states to join the effort.

Those interested in supporting the Purple Heart stamp effort may write to the U.S. Postmaster General at the following address:

The Hon. William J. Henderson
Postmaster General
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza SW.
Washington, D.C. 20260-0010