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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - March 21, 2012

Congressman Timothy J. Walz Honored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart with the 2012 Inspirational Leadership Award

Each year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH is honored to pay special recognition to a National leader who best demonstrates inspirational leadership and distinguished service to our nation’s veterans. On March 21, 2012, MOPH National Commander William R. Hutton presented this year’s Special Leadership Award to Minnesota Congressman Timothy J. Walz, a distinguished Member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

L-R: MOPH National Adjutant Jack Leonard, Rep. Tim Walz
and MOPH Legislative Director Hershel Gober

Congressman Walz was born in West Point, Nebraska and enlisted in the Army National Guard at the young age of 17, retiring 24 years later at the U.S. Army’s highest enlisted rank, Command Sergeant Major.  Before retiring, Walz served overseas with his Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and understands better than most, the sacrifices that military members and their families endure.  Congressman Walz is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Walz has demonstrated his sincere belief that America has a moral obligation to care for those men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed for our country.  Since his election to Congress, Mr. Walz has been a consistent advocate for all members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.  He supports all legislation that has or will make improvements to the lives of current members of the Armed Forces as well as to our country’s veterans.  Among his proposals is legislation to decrease the time required for veterans to receive their disability rating decision from the VA; legislation to improve access to VA medical care for veterans in rural areas; and to improve rehabilitative services for TBI victims.  In recognition of his untiring efforts, the Rochester Post Bulletin said “Walz has relentless energy, and he brings a soldier's work ethic to the House.”  For these and the many other issues that Mr. Walz has sponsored or co-sponsored on behalf of veterans and their families, the MOPH is honored to bestow him with the 2012 Inspirational Leadership Award. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from such a brave group of combat Veterans,” said Walz. “These selfless Americans put their lives on the line in protection of our country. They continue to work tirelessly to improve the lives of all returning veterans. I am proud to stand with them to fulfill this nation’s moral responsibility of caring for our veterans and their families.”

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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