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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
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For Immediate Release

Tampa, FL -November 11, 2010

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART PRESENTS CHECK TO POLYTRAUMA UNIT, JAMES A. HALEY VA HOSPITAL

In honor of Veterans Day 2010, James G. Holland III, Commander of the Department of Florida, The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), presented a check in the amount of $50,000 to the Tampa VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Florida.

L-R: Dr. Steven Scott, Chief Rehabilitative Services; J.B. Haskins, MOPH Dept Adjutant; Jim Holland, Dept. Commander; Nancy Reissener, Acting Hospital Director; Dr. Edward Cutolo, Chief of Staff; John Bircher, MOPH Pubic Relations Director; Dan Ducker, Asst. Chief of Staff

The donation was raised by a charity golf tournament, played in conjunction with the MOPH National Convention, held this year in Orlando, and hosted by the Department of Florida.  The Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center is one of only four facilities in the country designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to veterans and active duty service members who experienced severe injuries (including brain injuries) to more than one organ system.  The MOPH donation will allow the Polytrauma Center to provide equipment and services to the wounded warriors through the Center’s Recreation Therapy Program.  In particular, the Adaptive Sports Program enables the patients to participate in a wide variety of activities, including golf, equine therapy, kayaking, hand or recumbent cycling, fishing, scuba diving, sailing, rowing, and all Paralympic sports, clinics, and camps.

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:
James A. Haley Public Affairs Officer, Carolyn Clark, 813-979-3645
Or
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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