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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Bethesda, MD - September 13, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart Honors Military Medical Personnel at Bethesda National Naval Hospital

On Friday, September 10, 2010, combat wounded warriors representing three generations of Purple Heart recipients converged on the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to join the hospital commander and staff of the Medical Center in the dedication of a permanent Purple Heart display at the main entrance to the Hospital.

National Commander Clayton Jones and the entire leadership team of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) took part in the official ribbon cutting ceremony of a special display that includes a large Purple Heart Medal, flanked by the words “Some Gave All – All Gave Some.”  A display case at the center of the exhibit contains a number of historical documents and photographs on loan from the MOPH, and the walls are covered with photos of military doctors, nurses and corpsmen treating wounded soldiers, sailors and marines.

L-R, Frank Van Hoy, Bruce McKenty, Bill Hutton, NNMC Commander RADM Nathan, MOPH Commander Clayton Jones, D/CDR COL Callahan, FMC Martinez, CMC Boss

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, hospital Commander Rear Admiral Matthew L. Nathan thanked the attendees for their “dedication and sacrifice so that all Americans are able to practice the freedoms we enjoy.”  In return, Commander Jones noted that "this special display provides all Purple Heart recipients an opportunity to thank and honor all military medical personnel for their dedication, skill, and caring that allows us to be here today."

Hospital Commander RADM Matthew L. Nathan and MOPH National Commander Clayton Jones cut the ribbon to open the Purple Heart Display

Following the ceremony, many of the MOPH Patriots and their wives took the opportunity to visit and provide encouragement and advice to recovering servicemen and women in the Traumatic Brain Injury ward. The Patriots could relate directly to the patients they visited, since their own wounds often required similar but less modern hospital treatment. The special message they delivered to each patient was, "Thank you for your service and sacrifice to a grateful nation. God Bless you, and WELCOME HOME!"

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Naval Medical Center Public Relations, 301-295-5727
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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