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Postal Service Unveils Purple Heart Stamp
The U.S. Postal Service is offering a new stamp honoring military men and women injured in the line of duty.
The Springfield post office held a special unveiling ceremony today for the Purple Heart stamp at the Illinois State Military Museum.
There were several Purple Heart recipients on hand, including one soldier who was wounded in Iraq guarding postal carriers. Mst. Sgt. Peter Dowding also happens to be the grandson of a WWII Purple Heart recipient.
"It's our way of being able to share with family, friends, loved ones, and actually everyone in the world, what this medal is, what we've had to go through, how we've earned it, but also, most of all, all the men and women who received the medal before us," Dowding said.
After unveiling the new stamp, the Springfield postmaster also signed a statement of support for the guard and reserve.
The postal service said it employs more veterans than any other federal agency except, of course, the Pentagon.