Thursday, April 26, 2007

Stamps for Vets

According to the Manteca Bulletin in Manteca,California the Veterans Administration Hospital in Livermore, CA wants to start a stamp club.

The effort is being spearheaded by Lee Almquist, who found there was a major problem with boredom when he visited the hospital in Northern California while visiting a friend's grandson who was wounded in Iraq.

According to the article, as a teen growing up,Almquist,was smitten with stamp collecting and the challenges it imposed and thought stamp collecting might do the same thing for the patients at the VA Hospital.

He goes on to say that stamp collecting sparked his interest in aviation. That in turn led him to become an aviator in World War II. According to the paper, he had an aircraft carrier shot out from under him.

Almquist is quoted in the article as saying,“Air mail stamps back then represented freedom, prestige, and power to collectors.”

Almquist is trying to get enough stamps and supplies to start the club. He can be reached at (209)239-2016 or e-mail him at

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM