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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Springfield, VA - April 15, 2013

DOD Makes Right Decision on Distinguished Warfare Medal

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is pleased with the DOD decision not to proceed with creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal.  In announcing this decision, Defense Secretary Hagel has clearly heard the concerns of the MOPH, other Veteran Service Organizations and Members of Congress that the precedence of the medal should not rank higher than other medals awarded for valor on the battlefield.

The MOPH recognizes that technological advancements have permanently altered the way that we conduct modern warfare, and that cyber warfare requires special capabilities of not only the weapons systems, but also the skills of the warrior.  MOPH remains concerned, however, that a distinguishing device not be appended to decorations that would rank higher than the Bronze Star for Valor or the Purple Heart medal.  The MOPH looks forward to the opportunity to consult further with DOD and the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the nature of the device as well as clear definition of the level of precedence and eligibility criteria for award of the device.  

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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