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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Crestview, FL -  March 4, 2012

Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes Okaloosa County, FL

On the occasion of proclaiming Okaloosa County as the first Purple Heart County in Florida.  The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud and honored to salute the Okaloosa County Board Of Commissioners , especially County Commission Chairman Don Amunds (District 4), Vice Chairman Dave Parisot (District 2), District 1 Commissioner Wayne Harris, District 3 Commissioner Bill Roberts , and District 5 Commissioner District James Campbell, Commissioner, as well as Okaloosa County Public Information Officer Kathy Newby.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will take place at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Crestview County Courthouse, 101 E. James Lee Blvd. Crestview, Florida. 

In proclaiming itself a Purple Heart County, Okaloosa County is giving special recognition to the fact that the Purple Heart is the oldest decoration in present use and was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782; and the Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is specifically awarded to any member of the United States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.  The resolution also makes note of the county’s two Medal of Honor Recipients, Col. George E. “Bud” Day, USAF, Retired and CW4 Michael J. Novosel, US Army, Retired (deceased), as well as a large population of highly decorated military members, active duty and retired, living in its communities.  Finally, in recognition of the commitment and increasing sacrifices military families are making, and the Okaloosa County Military Community Covenant, which pledges to support those who serve, through which, working together, strong communities are built, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners proudly declare Okaloosa County as the first Purple Heart County in the State of Florida.

Patriot William “Bill” Everett, Commander of MOPH Region IV and himself an Okaloosa County resident who was responsible for initiating this distinction, will be joined by Commander Sam Houston and Members of MOPH Chapter 811, Niceville, FL, as they 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 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 Region IV Commander, Bill Everett, (850) 902-1051
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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