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Post-apocalyptic future in which almost no one can read

I'm pretty sure this is "This Old Man" (2004) by Steven Popkes. As you guessed, it was published in Asimov's, January 2004. You can read it at the Internet Archive. The titular man, Old ...
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'80s/'90s post-apocalyptic book series about a military-type guy and a cult that lives near nuclear areas

David Robbins's Endworld series. Specifically the green spots are in Dallas Run, which is the 20th book in the series. The greenspots are a mark of the devotees of cult, and they use an old stadium ...
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