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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

St. Louis, MO - March 20, 2012

MOPH Service Foundation Supports National Veterans Golden Age Games

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to help sponsor the 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG), hosted this year by the VA St. Louis Healthcare System.  The Games will run from May 31-June 5, 2012, and take place in the America’s Center downtown, with other events occurring throughout the St. Louis metro area. 

In a special ceremony at the Jefferson Barracks Division of the St. Louis VA Medical Center, Commander Sydney “Syd” Staton and other Patriots of MOPH Missouri Chapter 125 presented checks totaling $34,000, including a $30,000 grant from the MOPH Service Foundation, to Maura Campbell, the St. Louis Organizing Coordinator for the NVGAG.  The monies will collectively be used to assist veterans in many of the game’s support services such as transportation, food, equipment, and supplies for the various events.  In addition to financial support, approximately 1,500 volunteers are needed to assist with the games.  If area residents are interested in volunteering or would like to find out more about the games, visit the NVGAG website at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov.

L-R: Andy Day, John Colonder, Maura Campbell, John Caudron, Syd Staton

The ceremony capped a year-long effort by Commander Staton and General Daniel R. Bissell MOPH Chapter 125, and the MOPH Ladies Auxiliary to raise funds as part of their participation in the St. Louis VA Volunteer Service (VAVS) Program, for which Staton is concurrently the MOPH National Deputy VAVS Coordinator. Support of the VAVS Program is a proud tradition of MOPH Chapter 125, whose other projects have included the installation of benches across the grounds at Jefferson Barracks, installation of a large screen TV in the Amputee Ward, purchase of books for the patient canteen, a special Tri-Bike for Amputee's to use on the grounds, picnics for Amputee's and Spinal Ward patients, support for the St. Louis Fisher House, and the list goes on. According to Staton, “I am so happy that my wife Sandy and I got involved with the VAVS Program. We enjoy working with veterans, especially those less fortunate than me. I believe we are a Band of Brothers, and we must bond together regardless what branch we served. The MOPH has been good to me and I want to represent them to best of my ability.”

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 about the NVGAG contact:
Maura L. Campbell, Local Organizing Coordinator, 314-894-6113
Email: Maura.Campbell2@va.gov

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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