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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Redding, CA - September 15, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes Shasta County, CA

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud and honored to salute the Shasta County, California, Chief Administrative Officer Larry Lees, and Board of Supervisors Chairman Les Baugh, on the occasion of proclaiming Shasta County as the first Purple Heart County in the nation.  

The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will take place at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at the Shasta County Administrative Building, 1450 Court St., Redding, CA.  Concurrent with this resolution, the cities of Redding, Anderson, and Shasta Lake City will each be designated as Purple Heart Cities. 

Before now, only 6 other cities in the nation have been formally designated as Purple Heart Cities, and all of them reside in the East or in Puerto Rico.  By making this declaration, Shasta County honors not only California’s Purple Heart Recipients, but all veterans across the nation.  Patriot James R. Berg, Commander of MOPH Chapter 2001, located in Redding, will receive the Proclamation on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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 2001 Commander, Jim Berg, 530-229-0828
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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