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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - March 21, 2012

House Veterans Affairs Committee Staff Director Dolores Dunn Honored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart with the 2012 Exemplary Service Award

Each year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is honored to pay special recognition to a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Congress who best demonstrates exemplary service to our nation’s veterans.  On March 21, 2012, on behalf of the MOPH National Commander, Legislative Director Hershel Gober presented this year’s Exemplary Service Award to Dolores A. Dunn, Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

L-R: National Adjutant Jack Leonard, HCVA Chairman Jeff Miller,
Dolores Dunn, Legislative Director Hershel Gober

A dedicated and selfless U.S. Government employee for over thirty-one years, Ms. Dunn joined the Staff of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in 2003.  Her professionalism and remarkable service to the Committee and its Members were rewarded in 2007, when Ms. Dunn was promoted to Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Health, with legislative, oversight, and investigative jurisdiction over the entire Veterans Health Administration, including medical services, medical support and compliance, medical facilities, medical and prosthetic research, and major and minor construction.

During her tenure as Staff Director, the Subcommittee on Health has achieved many commendable legislative accomplishments, including oversight of the creation of the VA Polytrauma System of care.   Under Ms. Dunn’s leadership and personal participation, the Subcommittee created the Caregiver Assistance Program, the Veterans’ Mental Health Improvement Act of 2008, and the Veterans’ Benefits, Health Care and Information Technology Act, as well other legislation that continues to improve the lives of veterans and their families.  Ms. Dunn has long been a tireless and strong advocate for all veterans and has served the members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs with honor and integrity.  Ms. Dunn’s dedicated service to veterans and to her Committee’s Members reflects all that is good and honorable about government service and reflects favorably upon the Veterans’ Affairs’ Committee, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States of America.  For her exemplary leadership and service to veterans and their families, the MOPH is pleased to honor Dolores A. Dunn with the 2012 Exemplary Service Award. 

“I would like to thank the Military Order of the Purple Heart for bestowing this honor on a very deserving advocate for America’s veterans and their families,” stated Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “Dolores Dunn has been with the Committee for nearly a decade and her dedication, passion, and service are unmatched. Dolores is an integral of part of our team and I could not think of a more worthy recipient of this year’s Exemplary Service Award.”

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