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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

New Berlin, Wisconsin -- August 17, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Elects Barbara Cherone as National President

On August 13, 2011, Barbara Cherone of New Berlin, Wisconsin, was elected as National President of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary (LAMOPH), an adjunct to the 44,000 member MOPH Veteran Service Organization.

Mrs. Cherone was elected at the 78th LAMOPH Convention held in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is married to a combat wounded veteran, husband Rick Cherone, who served with honor during the Vietnam War as a medic with the 173rd Airborne. The Cherones have two adult children, Rick and Rob, who also reside in Wisconsin.

Barb holds degrees in both English and Social Studies and has devoted her life to teaching. Her specialty was instructing students in the history of Hitler's Political Regime and World War II. This led to further teachings of Ann Frank's Diary. Mrs. Cherone was so effective in her teaching, that she was invited to conduct research at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

During her teaching career, Barb Cherone was selected as one of thirty-seven teachers throughout the Midwest to learn and then teach "Skills for Adolescence" which was a drug and alcohol prevention program supported by Bill Cosby.

Barb  Cherone has held leadership positions throughout the LAMOPH including National Junior Vice President and National Senior Vice President. National President Cherone's goals for this year are centered around service to veterans and their families. One of Mrs. Cherone's passions is to provide service at her local veterans' home and hospital.

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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