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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC - November 14, 2013

Wounded Warrior Experience to Air on The Pentagon Channel Nov 16th and 17th

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor and participate in the 16th annual American Veterans Center conference featuring the “Wounded Warrior Experience.”  Together with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, we are proud to commemorate the brave men and women in the Armed Forces of the United States for their service and sacrifice to our nation.

The opening night of the 3-day conference featured three special panels of current generation wounded warriors, interviewed by Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent for the Fox News Channel. The panel discussions will air on “The Pentagon Channel” on November 16, 2013 and the “Armed Forces Network” on November 17th, 2013.

PENTAGON CHANNEL:   http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx on Nov 16th at - 1AM, 7AM and 8PM (all eastern times).

ARMED FORCES NETWORK:   http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx on Nov 17th at - 4AM, 1PM and 10PM (all eastern times).

The American Veterans Center (AVC) is committed to Honoring American Heroes from the Greatest Generation to the Latest Generation.  The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation has supported the AVC in providing the Wounded Warrior Experience each year at their conference.

The first panel discussed the overall “Wounded Warrior Experience”, and included Military Order of the Purple Heart Past National Commander Fred Taylor who spoke about his combat wounds and three Purple Hearts received during the Vietnam War.  The second panel discussed “The Unseen Wounds: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI),” and featured US Marine Corps SSGT Jeremiah Workman, and US Army SSGT Erick Millette.

To see Jennifer Griffin’s report on the Wounded Warrior Experience that recently aired on Fox News, please use the following link:


In the final question and answer session, Military Order of the Purple Heart Patriot Wendy Buckingham joined the panelists and spoke of her injuries sustained on August 21, 2009 when her convoy was struck by an IED, shattering her right tibia below the knee and requiring an emergency medical evacuation and multiple surgeries. After eight months of rehabilitation, she returned to active duty in March 2010.  She spoke about how she wanted to do something worthwhile with her Purple Heart and joined the Military Order of the Purple Heart via the internet from her hospital bed.  Today, Patriot Buckingham serves as the Director of Women Veterans Issues and the National Scholarship Co-Chair for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Also in the audience were a number of other wounded warriors, including members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and its National Adjutant David Jackson and National Senior Vice Commander, Patrick Little.

The Wounded Warrior Experience is presented by Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.

To tune in to this year’s show, visit http://www.woundedwarriorexperience.com.

(PHOTO CAPTION: Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation Directors PNC James Randles (far left) and PNC Jeff Roy (far right) with “Wounded Warrior Experience” Panelists MOPH Patriot Wendy Buckingham and MOPHSF Director PNC Fred Taylor at the American Veterans Center Conference in Washington, DC.  Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Experience held annually at the American Veterans Center Conference.)

About the Purple Heart
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.

About the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation
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.  Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, First Responder Recognition, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.

The mission of the American Veterans Center is to preserve and promote the legacy and experiences of America's veterans and active duty service personnel from World War II through today. A non-profit educational organization, the Center and its programs are funded solely through generous contributions from people like you. All contributions are tax-deductable. The AVC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

For Media Inquiries or further information contact:
MOPH Public Relations,
Jim Klug,
Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation,
Steve Ruckman,
Web: www.purpleheart.org and www.mophsf.org

Seth Nichols, Director of Development
Web: www.americanveteranscenter.org

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