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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - March 30, 2011


Each year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is honored to pay special recognition to a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Congress who best demonstrates his commitment and distinguished service to our nation’s veterans.  This year’s Special Exemplary Service Award is presented to Jon Clark, a distinguished staff member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jon Clark has served on the staff of the Veterans ‘Affairs committee since 2006.  In that capacity, he has diligently assisted the members of the committee by developing legislation that has improved the lives of our nation’s veterans and their families.  In particular, two key legislative issues in which Jon assisted with the drafting and were ultimately enacted into law were the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Acts of 2008 and 2010.  These laws provide a wide range of improvements to the benefits administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  Jon has long been an advocate for the veterans that the Committee has jurisdiction over and has served the members of the Committee with honor and integrity.

Commander Jones, Jon Clark, Chairman Miller

At the conclusion of the ceremony, U.S. Representative Jeff Miller (FL-01), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee said, “As Chairman, it is an honor to have Jon Clark, a member of our staff, recognized for his hard work and dedication on behalf of America’s veterans and their families,” Chairman Miller went on to say, “We salute the Military Order of the Purple Heart for their unwavering efforts to support those who have been wounded in defense of our nation.”

According to MOPH National Commander Clayton Jones, “Mr. Clark’s service to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs as the Committee discharges its duty to ensure America’s veterans receive the honor, respect and benefits for which they are eligible demonstrates all that is good about government service and reflects favorably upon the Committee and its Professional Staff, the House of Representatives and the United States of America.”

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 combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women 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, through veteran service, 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 selflessly provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA medical facilities and State Veterans Homes.

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