Lee, Collier and Charlotte county residents are encouraged to purchase the Purple Heart forever postage stamp during the month of November.
To celebrate Veterans Day - Nov. 12 - and the opening of the new Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Cape Coral, post offices are tracking sales of the stamp through Dec. 15.
A framed enlargement of the stamp will be presented at the grand opening of the new clinic, with a dedication plaque noting the total number of stamps purchased.
The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the Purple Heart with Ribbon forever stamp. The postage stamp has a 45-cent value and will be valid for first class postage forever, regardless of any increase in postage rates.
First class postage rates will increase to 46 cents in January, so this is a great time to stock up on the Purple Heart forever stamp.
Here is the best news - a trip to the post office is not necessary to participate in the promotion. You can mail your request for the stamps to Customer Relations, 79 Mid Cape Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33991. Include a check payable to postmaster for sheets of 20 stamps at $9 per sheet.
Be sure to include your full name and return address. Stamps will be mailed to you. No sales tax or shipping fees will be charged.
Please show your support and buy your Purple Heart stamps today.
Mr. Zip's tip
For information on any mail service issues related to Hurricane Sandy, visit: www.usps.com. At the bottom of the home page in the gray bar, click on "Mail Service Updates."
Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.