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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
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For Immediate Release

Washington DC - May 24, 2012

Patriot Samuel Luna of Katy, Texas and MOPH Department of Texas Commander selected by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is proud and honored to salute Patriot Samuel Luna of Katy, Texas and MOPH Department of Texas Commander, who was named by the White House today as one of eleven veterans selected nationally as a “Champion of Change.”  

The White House Office of Public Engagement honored those individuals within the veterans’ community, especially those who served in Vietnam, who are Champions of Change.  These individuals were chosen specifically because of their continued support for efforts to end veterans’ homelessness, boost veterans’ employment, treat problems with substance abuse, and develop treatment programs for those dealing with PTSD.

Samuel Luna, a Vietnam veteran, is Founder of Vets’ Journey Home Texas, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides a weekend retreat at no to cost to veterans and active duty military personnel. The weekend retreats offer a safe place where participants can come to learn about what their experiences in war did to their bodies, also learning the role that those experiences continue to play in their daily lives and in their quest to co-exist peacefully. Mr. Luna is the Chapter Service Officer for four veteran organizations and helps veterans navigate the Veterans Administration to obtain medical care and compensation. In the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), he also does Color Guard duty for the burial detail and is the Department of Texas Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Additionally, Luna serves on the board of Spaulding for Children, a special needs adoption agency. Samuel Luna is recognized as a Champion of Change for his dedication to service and his continued support for efforts to: end homelessness, boost employment and treat mental health disparities for fellow veterans.

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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