IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 4, 2019
Mr. Blumenthal (for himself, Mr. Manchin, and Mrs. Murray) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To provide for the issuance of a
Gold Star Families Forever Stamp to honor the sacrifices of families who have lost a loved one who was a member of the Armed Forces
Gold Star Families Forever Stamp
Congress finds that—
Gold Star families are true national heroes, who deserve our deepest gratitude and respect; and
the extraordinary contribution of Gold Star families is beyond measure, not merely for their loss, but the comfort they selflessly provide others and their model of service and sacrifice.
In order to continue to honor the sacrifices of families who have lost a loved one who was a member of the Armed Forces in combat, the Postmaster General shall provide for the issuance of a forever stamp suitable for that purpose.
Forever stamp defined
In this section, the term forever stamp means a definitive stamp that—
meets the postage required for first-class mail up to 1 ounce in weight; and
retains full validity for the purpose described in paragraph (1) even if the rate of that postage is later increased.
The stamp described in subsection (b) shall be issued beginning as soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act and shall not thereafter be discontinued.