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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Agoura Hills, CA - November 14, 2013

Agoura Hill Bakery Steps Up For The Bravest, Sometimes Neediest Veterans

Abby Franke, owner of Abby's Millstone Baking Company in Agoura Hills, has committed to donate $200 to $300 in fresh baked goods to a San Fernando Valley veterans composed of Purple Heart recipients.

Abby's Millstone Baking Company in Agoura Hills has committed to donate weekly to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 83 of San Fernando Valley.

Every week, Abby's donates $200 to $300 worth of freshly baked cookies and breads to the organization and its members. All of the donated food goes directly to the organization. The donations are part of the bakery's ongoing effort to help those in need, said Abby Franke, owner of Abby's Millstone Baking Company.

"I'm not sure why these remarkable human beings are neglected, but they are," Franke said. "I am proud to do what I can.

"When I read certain thank you letters from the veterans, I am reminded that even our little bakery does matters a lot. I wish more would think like this."

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a national organization with hundreds of chapters and nearly 45,000 members. The membership is composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients making it the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans. Its mission is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, and provide service to all veterans and their families.

The freshly baked goods from Abby's Millstone Baking Company wind up in homeless shelters, the Veterans Administration hospital and with the families of Purple Heart recipients.

"Half of us are starving sometimes. The bread really helps us out," said Luis Rivera of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 83 of San Fernando Valley. "Yes, of course, we appreciate the breads and cookies and such that Abby's Millstone Baking Company donates. We love it. We need it. And it goes without saying that we are grateful.

"The thing that impresses me the most, is Abby himself --- his humility. No one else does what he does. He doesn't even know how much he is helping us.
You just don't find too many people like him."

Rivera, a Purple Heart recipient, was wounded in the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War in 1969. Every week, when the breads arrive, Rivera drives them personally to the VA hospital in West Hills. He hands out the bread to veterans, and tells each and every one of them where it came from.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is not the only non-profit Abby's Millstone Baking Company is involved with: Children Of The Night, dedicated to rescuing America's children from the ravages of prostitution, and a Simi Valley Vietnam Vets organization also enjoy Abby's largesse.

About Abby's Millstone Baking Company

Abby's Millstone Baking Company is a community-oriented, traditional European-style full-line welcoming bakery and coffee house producing all natural, preservative free, handcrafted, Kosher Pareve, healthy, comfort breads and baked goods from flours milled on-site. The bakery is located at
5005 Kanan Road Agoura Hills.

About The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

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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. 

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, Jim Klug, 541-778-3480
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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