The National Stamp Distribution Program was founded in 1991 by Martin Kaufman under the tenure of then National Commander Albert L. Cohen. It was renamed the Albert L. Cohen National Stamp Distribution Program after the death of PNC Cohen in 1997.
This program is designed to uplift the spirits of hospitalized veterans. JWV members and nonmembers alike collect the stamps from local businesses and then they are sent to the National Stamp Program Distribution Chairman, Marvin Garfinkle. He in turn distributes these stamps to over 120 Veterans Affairs Medical Center, schools and residents.
The stamp collection process has helped school age children keep their grades up because they are learning about history while enjoying stamp collecting. The program also gives them something to do by keeping them off the streets. The veterans use the stamps in diverse ways, some collect them and put them into photo albums, others use them for crafts.
"This is a fruitful program that is both rewarding and unselfish." Martin Kaufman said. "The goal is 6 million stamps a year representing the 6 million lives lost in the Holocaust. With the focus of the campaign we were able to collect more than 7 millions stamps last year."
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jordana Green at 202-265-6280 or to find out more information about how to contact the National Stamp Program Distribution Chairman, Melvin Gervis. Please do not send stamps to National Headquarters.