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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Denver, CO August 12, 2014

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Elects Michigan Resident Jan Knapp as National President

Jan Knapp, a resident of Six Lakes, Michigan was elected as National President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (LAMOPH) at this year’s National Convention held in Denver, Colorado.

Jan Knapp became a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary through her husband Ron Knapp who received his Purple Heart as a result of being wounded during his service in Vietnam. In 1992 she was elected President of Unit 1986 in Cheboygan, MI. In 1999 she assisted in forming Unit 1988 in Petoskey, MI and accepted the position of Unit Secretary. She was the Department of Michigan President during 1999-2000 and again in 2006-2007. She has served on National Committees and as National Junior Vice President and National Senior Vice President before election as National President.

Jan worked for the state of Michigan before retiring in 2005. She and her husband have one son, five daughters, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. They reside in Michigan.

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, 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:
John E. Bircher III, Public Relations Director
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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