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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

National Purple Heart Trail Coordinator

James Varejcka - Purple Heart Trail Coordinator, joined MOPH in 1997 and is a Life Member of Chapter in 0200. He’s been a Department Commander, MOPH Aide de Camp and Adjutant, Welfare Officer and Trustee in his Chapter.

Varejcka served 27 years as Navy Corpsman that included 19 months in Vietnam – 13 months attached to the 1st Marines and 6 months with a hospital company. Two Purple Hearts awarded for action on Hill 991 in July and August, 1968. He also served in Desert Storm in 1991. He joined the US Postal Service after the Navy and subsequently retired from Postal Service.

He is very active with other veteran organizations: he is a member of American Legion, serving the last 2 years as District 12 Commander, VFW, DAV, Marine Corps League, member of Nebraska Veterans Home board, Chairman of the Nebraska Veterans Council and WFLA Lodge 426.

In February 2015 at the American Legion (AL) Washington Conference, he was recognized by the National Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission as the Outstanding Volunteer Hospital worker of the year, for exceptional service to our Nations Veterans in the role as Volunteer representative of the AL at the Lincoln CBOC (which now has been renamed a clinic).

In April 2015, Patriot Varejcka received a plaque In recognition of “Exceptional & Dedicated Service to Nebraska Veterans through the MOPH VA Voluntary Service Program” from the VA Nebraska - Western Iowa Healthcare System.

He’s been married for 45 years to Linda and has two children, Carmen and Jason, and four grandchildren: Alex, Kaiden, Victoria and Avery. When he’s not with his grandchildren or fellow veterans, he plays golf.
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