Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger: USPS approves PTSD stamp

Oct 2, 2017
Press Release




Congressman Pittenger led bipartisan effort to cut through bureaucracy

WASHINGTON – Today, a Union County veteran’s dream came true.

As Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) continues to monitor and mourn the tragedy in Las Vegas, he wanted to share good news that today the United States Postal Service approved Union County veteran Garland Denny’s dream of a special stamp to raise funds and awareness for PTSD.  The “semi-postal” stamp will go on sale in 2019.

“My father was proud to be an American who could serve his country,” said Chuck Denny, who carried on the mission following his father’s passing in 2015.  “He worked very hard the last years of his life to see that veterans with PTSD get more access to the help they need.  Congressman Pittenger believed in my father’s vision, and with his help, today dad’s dream came true.”

Congressman Pittenger began working with Mr. Denny in 2013, arranging meetings with the White House and USPS, exploring legislative solutions, and leading multiple bipartisan letters urging that the Postal Service take action.  In 2016, USPS acted on Congressman Pittenger’s request and revised rules to allow consideration of a “Stamp Out PTSD” semi-postal stamp.  Congressman Pittenger then secured bipartisan support from 129 Members of the U.S. House and Senate urging USPS to approve Mr. Denny’s proposal.

“This was Mr. Denny’s final mission, and I am honored to have been part of the team,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Mr. Denny was a true patriot who recognized a need and dedicated his retirement to meeting that need.  The Stamp Out PTSD semi-postal stamp will create an alternate funding mechanism to increase treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD.”

The “Stamp Out PTSD” semi-postal stamp will sell for more than the cost of first-class postage, with the difference donated to PTSD research and treatment.

Congressman Robert Pittenger and Navy veteran Garland Denny at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw on September 4, 2014.