Semipostal stamp to honor Medal of Honor recipient, raise money for veterans and their families

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Proceeds from the sale of a new U.S. Postal Service semipostal stamp that honors the sacrifice of a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient will help today’s veterans and their families.

The PFC Garfield M. Langhorn Memorial Semipostal Stamp Act was recently introduced by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

Langhorn’s unit was returning from the attempted rescue of a downed American helicopter on Jan. 15, 1969, when North Vietnamese forces surrounded them. Under the cover of darkness, the North Vietnamese began to advance, throwing a hand grenade in front of the 20-year-old, who was just a few feet from his injured comrades.

Langhorn threw himself on the grenade, scooped it beneath his body and absorbed the blast, saving his fellow soldiers. For his sacrifice and service to the nation,

“There is no better way to honor PFC Langhorn than remembering his sacrifice and continuing to give back to our nation’s brave servicemen and women. It is only fitting that this legislation to honor his memory also helps provide additional funding to veterans in need,” said Zeldin in a release.

Langhorn received the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Semipostal stamps are sold at a premium price which covers the cost of postage and donates the excess money to a nationally recognized cause.

In the case of the stamp that honors Langhorn, the excess money will be donated to Supportive Services for Veteran Families, a Department of Veterans Affairs program that offers assistance to very low-income veterans families who are in the process of transitioning to permanent housing. SSVF provides grants to private nonprofits that provide services to promote housing stability for veteran families.

Langhorn Semipostal Stamps will cost 60 cents each and Zeldin is looking for support from his fellow lawmakers to get the measure through Congress.

Langhorn is the only Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient from Suffolk County, New York. In 2010, the Riverhead Post Office was named in his honor.

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