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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - February 10, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Applauds OPM Decision to Exempt Certain Military Spouses from Federal Hiring Time Limits

On Thursday, March 10, 2011, The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced plans to eliminate the time limitation for military spouses of deceased and 100 percent disabled veterans to apply for federal employment preferences.  Currently, military spouses who are not already federal employees, may apply for federal jobs without going through the regular competitive hiring process, but they must apply within two years of a partner’s death or permanent disability.

According to MOPH National Commander Clayton Jones, “MOPH applauds this change in federal employment practices, not only because it recognizes and honors the supreme sacrifices made by the families of our nation’s military men and women, but helps them to survive during one of the most difficult times in their lives.”  In making the announcement, OPM Director John Berry noted that programs like the president’s Veterans Employment Initiative and the military spouse hiring authority allows the federal government to get “some of the best, brightest, hardest-working Americans into the federal workforce to protect and serve their fellow citizens as civilians.”

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 Legislative Director, Hershel Gober, 202-550-2491
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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