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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Simi Valley, CA - September 18, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes Simi Valley, CA

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud and honored to salute Mayor Bob Huber and the City Council of Simi Valley, California, on the occasion of proclaiming Simi Valley as the first Purple Heart City in Southern California. 

The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will take place at 6:30 PM, Monday, September 26, 2011, at the Simi Valley City Hall, 2929 Canyon Road, Simi Valley, CA.  In proclaiming itself a “Purple Heart City,” Simi Valley honors the brave servicemen and women who have either been killed or wounded in combat and honors not only California’s Purple Heart Recipients, but all veterans across the nation.
Receiving the Proclamation on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be National Commander Bill Hutton, Department of California Commander Gary Rutledge, and Patriot Walter Martin, Commander of MOPH Chapter 1898.  Also participating will be other members of the MOPH and the MOPH Ladies Auxiliary, including two WWII Purple Heart recipients, Patriot Smith Russell and Patriot Harry Mansdorf, who had been a Prisoner of War.

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:
MOPH Chapter 1898 Commander, Walter Martin, 626-798-3050
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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