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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Casselberry, FL - January 27, 2011


On Saturday, January 22, 2011, the Department of Florida, Military Order of the Purple Heart, honored the parents and family of SSGT Robert J. Miller with a special plaque that commemorates the service and sacrifice of their son.   The MOPH Plaque is a duplicate of one that accompanies the Department of Florida “Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall” that travels throughout to state to appear at special events that honor Florida’s veterans.  The wall is composed of special tiles that contain the photo and service information on each service member from the State of Florida that has died in Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as Florida service members that died in previous wars. 


MOPHFL Senior Vice Commander Washington, assisted

by Rich Hunt, presents plaque to Phil and Maureen Miller


The occasion was the dedication of a Medal of Honor headstone at the All Faiths Memorial Park in Casselberry, Florida, hosted by the US Army Special Operations Command and the Miller family.  SSGT Miller, a US Army Special Forces soldier was killed in Afghanistan on January 25, 2008 and was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously. on October 6, 2010, for heroism and valor.


Attendees at the ceremony included members of the Special Operations Command, Florida Governor Rick Scott and his wife, and numerous local and state government officials, Junior ROTC Cadets, Patriot Riders, and military veterans.  Both the Commander of the US Special Operations Command, ADM Eric Olson, and the Commander of the US Army Special Operations Command, LTG John F. Mulholland, Jr. spoke of the extraordinary heroism of SSGT Miller that resulted in the award of the Medal of Honor.  Also attending were members of SSGT Miller’s original Special Forces team.


L-R: John Bircher, Rich Hunt, Lee Brown,

JB Haskins, Washington Sanchez, Larry Singer


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 assistanceThrough the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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