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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

San Francisco, CA August 24, 2014

San Francisco Giants Honor Local Purple Heart Recipient with Willie McCovey Coach of the Year Award

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, the San Francisco Giants will honor Patriot Cliff Servetti, a Purple Heart recipient and Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), with the Junior Giants “Willie Mac Award.”  Named in honor of Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, this award is the "junior" version of the annual award given to a Giants player by his teammates. The award is presented to the players and coaches who best exemplify the Junior Giants Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork.  Patriot Servetti is being honored as Coach of the Year for the community of Bayview, with an on-field, home plate ceremony before the Giants take the field against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park.  All award winners: coaches, players and their families will also be invited to a special luncheon after the season ends.

Patriot Servetti served in the US Army from 1968 to 1971.  He was wounded twice, the first time while serving with the 82d Airborne Division in Lai Khe, Vietnam, and the second time while serving with the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Bong Son, Vietnam, for which he received two Purple Heart medals.  He currently serves as the Senior Vice Commander and Adjutant of his local MOPH Chapter 15 in San Francisco, CA. 

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