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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Atlanta, GA - September 25, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Gives Hope to Atlanta’s Homeless Veterans

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation cordially invites the public to participate in the 16th annual “Cost of Freedom Classic” charity golf tournament at the Northwood Country Club, 3157 Club Dr., Lawrenceville, GA on Monday, October 17, 2011.  A shotgun start will begin at 11:30 AM.  Held in honor of Pete Wheeler, who for 57 years has been the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the State of Georgia, this annual tournament raises funds to assist the Atlanta VA Medical Center in the conduct of their support program for homeless Veterans in the Atlanta area.  According to Tournament Director Jim Randles, “There are over 8,000 homeless veterans in the Atlanta area.  The proceeds from this event will help many veterans, who might not otherwise be able to help themselves, re-start their lives through the resources and support of many businesses, corporations, and individuals in the Atlanta Metro region.”

The public is invited to support and participate in the tournament by entering a foursome, sponsoring a hole, or buying an ad in the program at a nominal cost.  The fee for the tournament is $125 per player to participate in a “Ft. Lauderdale Scramble” that includes all fees, prizes, lunch, a banquet dinner, and much, much more.  To make a donation, purchase an Ad for the program, or to register to play, go online to www.gapurpleheart.org or call: 770-695-5647 (day) or 678-615-3454 (evening) before October 5, 2011. 

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:
Tournament Director Jim Randles, 770-695-5647 or 678-615-3454
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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