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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC -April 15, 2013

Calling all Combat Wounded Veterans to Branson, Missouri

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is honored to support and participate in the fifth annual Branson.Com special salute to Purple Heart recipients -- Hand-in-Hand.  All Purple Heart recipients are invited to join the MOPH in Branson 25-27 April 2013 for this special event.. 

This special “Hand in Hand” event takes place over three fun-packed days and features a wide variety of dining, entertainment and sporting events designed specifically for combat wounded veterans.  As one Purple Heart recipient said after last year’s event, “I have never felt so personally honored or more patriotic than I did during Hand-in-Hand in Branson.”

On Thursday, April 25th, the three-day event kicks off with registration at 8:00 AM at the Red Roof Mall, followed by an Opening ceremony at the Hamner Barber Theatre, Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.  The ceremony includes a special program of music and comedy entertainment as well as a panel of experts from the Military Order of the Purple Heart who will present a “Town Hall Meeting” on how veterans and their families can get their benefits.  Throughout the event, MOPH NSO’s will be available for private consultations.  That evening, The Oak Ridge Boys have invited recipients and one guest to their show at a special Purple Heart price.  See http://veterans.branson.com/2013-hand-in-hand-branson-honors-purple-heart-recipients/ for details and reservations.

On Friday morning, attendees will be treated to a special entertainment extravaganza composed of a wide variety of entertainers currently performing in Branson.  Again, this special performance will take place at the Hamner-Barber Theater. Based on a drawing at this event, many of the veterans will have the opportunity to compete in a Bass Fishing Tournament in the afternoon at Scotty’s Dock & Marina.  Those not fishing, including wives and other guests, will gather at the Main Street Lake Cruises for a cruise on Lake Taneycomo that will include fun, treats, and beautiful scenery!!  Be sure to register on line at Branson.com so they will know how much transportation to prepare for. Participants will be done with our excursion in time to meet with the returning fishermen to see who claims the biggest fish.  Then everyone will adjourn to a Fish Fry at the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre.
On Saturday at 9:00 AM, all Hand-in-Hand attendees are invited to see the motorcycles off on their Purple Heart Run, followed by a visit to the Copper Run Distillery where you will see them make Moonshine, tray a taste, enjoy some music and have some good, plain old Hill Billy Fun, including lunch -- you will love it!!
At 2:30 PM, the closing ceremony will take place in the Hamner Barber Theatre, 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson.  We will greet our returning cyclists, led by Sheriff Jimmie Russell, and then hear a special story of inspiration by Special Guest Speaker Chuck Lear, a double amputee Purple Heart recipient and Paralympics Archery Champion.  Chuck is from Lees Summit, MO and a Viet Nam Veteran.  
All activities are free of charge to all veterans and their families, with the exception of a minimal charge for the fish fry and the Oak Ridge Boys show.  For details, please visit the website “Branson.com” to pre-register online for all events.  If you have any questions, call 417-334-2360 and please keep checking back on the website for any changes.  For discount shows and lodging please call 1-800-619-5708 or go to www.BransonTourismCenter.com

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 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, 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 provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

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