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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - November 27, 2013

Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation Elects Five New Members to the Board

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation elected five new members to its Board of Directors and installed new leadership during the annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Elected to Director position is Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Past National Commander  (PNC) William Wroolie of Brainerd, MN.  PNC Wroolie served with three different units during more than two tours in Vietnam -- the 102nd Combat Support Engineers, the 170th Assault Helicopter Company and B Troop 2/17 Air Calvary 101st Airborne Division.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallantry in Vietnam. He served as a helicopter door gunner while encountering heavy enemy fire and is the MOPH 2002 Past National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.


Also elected to Director position is 2009 MOPH PNC James Sims of Shelton, WA.  Jim served in the United States Marine Corps for 26 years and is a Life Member of the Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans Association, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is the Chair of the Washington Veterans Legislative Coalition and a member of the Mason County Planning Commission as well as serving as President of the American Lakes Veterans Golf Course Board of Directors. 



Elected to Director position is 2011 MOPH PNC William Hutton of Thousand Oaks, CA.  Bill enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1965-1969 and was assigned to the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division during his tour of duty in Vietnam (1966).  While serving in Vietnam, he was wounded three times with the last occurring on September 28, 1966 while leading his company up Hill 400, which was well fortified with North Vietnamese machine gun bunkers and had held off the Marine Company for two days. For his actions, Bill was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart medal with second star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.  In April, 1969, Bill joined the ranks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department where he served in every major division including narcotics for over thirty five years.  In 1993, Bill was awarded the Medal for Bravery and the Distinguished Service Award for saving the life of a fellow deputy.

The Board of Directors welcomes 2012 MOPH PNC Bruce McKenty of Lakewood Washington to the Board.  A 1970 graduate of Texas A&M University, McKenty entered onto active duty and completed his Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK. After flight school his first assignment was
F Troop, 1/9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Bien Hoa as an AH-1G Cobra attack helicopter pilot. During his tour he was wounded twice and has the unique distinction of being one of a small handful of Army helicopter pilots who survived being shot down with an SA-7 heat seeking missile. During his tour he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, Two Purple Hearts, and numerous Air Medals, with three being awarded for valor.  Director McKenty also serves as Course Manager of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course as well a board member of the “Friends of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course”.


Elected to Outside Board Member is Colonel Mary Lou Keener USAF (Ret.), B.S.N. 1966, J.D. 1982 – of Michigan and Palm Coast, Florida who served as General Counsel with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1993.  In 2000, Colonel Keener served with Department of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Force Management and Personnel). 
A graduate of Catholic University of America, Colonel Keener is also a veteran navy nurse with service on the hospital ship USS Repose while stationed off Vietnam.



The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation Board of Directors welcomes these new members and thanks them for their dedication to the work of MOPHSF for combat-wounded veterans and their families.

About the Military Order of the Purple Heart
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.

About the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation provides pioneering programs to meet today’s challenges faced by combat-wounded veterans and their families.  Among its  activities, the organization provides online job training through its Veterans Vocational Technical Institute to disabled and combat-wounded veterans; Raises funds for service, welfare, and rehabilitation work in connection with the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. (a congressionally chartered veterans organization), those who are eligible for membership therein, or any wounded, disabled and/or handicapped veteran, his widow, orphan or survivors; To support liaison services in offices of the US Dept of Veterans Affairs, soldier's homes or other administration of veteran's affairs wherever and whenever deemed necessary; and Support legislative services to advise and confer with the executive offices or bureaus and departments of the US Government and Congressional committees or their members on any matters of interest and importance to disabled ex-servicemen and women.

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

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