Senator Hillary Clinton is continuing to press Postmaster General John Potter to keep issuing the Purple Heart Stamp honoring the heroes who have received this medal. She has launched a petition inviting those who agree with the effort to save the Purple Heart Stamp to add their name to her letter.
In a letter to the Postmaster General, Clinton delivered a list of over 750 names of individuals who have signed onto her petition. She also expressed her hope of speaking personally with the Postmaster General to discuss the importance of maintaining the Purple Heart stamp.
The Purple Heart was established on August 7, 1782 during the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington issued an order establishing the Honorary Badge of Distinction, otherwise known as the Badge of Military Merit, or the Decoration of the Purple Heart. The first Badge of Military Merit was presented in Newburgh.