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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
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For Immediate Release

Springfield, VA  August 29, 2014

Military Order of the Purple Heart Calls on Congress to Put America’s National Security Interests Ahead of Partisan Politics

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is alarmed that America’s National Defense is facing more than $1 trillion in sequestration-related defense cuts, slated for now through 2021, that jeopardize not only our military readiness and the Nation’s ability to protect our national security interests at home and abroad, but could physically put our American troops’ lives in danger.

As the U.S. Congress reconvenes in Washington this week, the MOPH is hopeful that Members will return from a month of rest and relaxation with a renewed sense of purpose and patriotism.  The nation now awaits to see whether the Congress can put aside disappointing partisan politics, inefficiency, and worse – another round of sequestration cuts that are designed to emasculate our National Defense.  This at the very time that our Armed Forces are being tasked to defend against new, expanding, and even more dangerous missions around the globe.

Key Leaders in the Congress and the Administration have all been vocal in their prediction of impending catastrophe, but neither seems able or willing to take the first step toward reconciliation.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently informed the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee that “If sequestration begins again in fiscal year 2016, the U.S. military will not be able to carry out defense strategy.  A return to sequester would put at risk "America's traditional role as a guarantor of global security, and ultimately our own security," Hagel said.  In turn, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon has warned, “Further cuts will cause catastrophic readiness shortfalls; we will lose our workforce and ability to recruit and retain the all-volunteer force; and our influence around the world will continue to diminish,” he said, “Our enemies will feel emboldened.”  One of the most vocal critics has been U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), who has led the call in the Senate to fix the pending defense sequestration cuts “that will have irreparable consequences.”  According to Inhofe, potential cuts under sequestration could include: terminating the F-35; littoral combat ship; all ground combat vehicle and helicopter modernization programs; European missile defense; delay the next-generation ballistic missile submarine; delay the KC-46 program, reduction in the number of aircraft carriers; and eliminate an entire leg of our nuclear triad. According to Inhofe, “If sequestration moves forward, the United States will have the smallest ground forces since 1940, a fleet of fewer than 230 ships, the smallest level since 1915, and the smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force.”  DoD estimates that the Army would be reduced to 420,000 active duty soldiers, with the National Guard and Reserves falling to 315,000 and 185,000, respectively, while the Marine Corps would shrink to 175,000 active duty.  Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said, “The impact of the sequestration is not only in its magnitude.  It's in what it does…we lose control.  And as we lose control, we will become out of balance, and we will not have the military this nation needs.”

The Military Order of the Purple Heart implores the Congress to act NOW to stop the bleeding by passing legislation that would repeal sequestration put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2011, find a new solution to offsetting the costs required to meet the budget targets, and still preserve the Nation’s capability of protecting its National Security interests.

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:
Hershel Gober, MOPH Legislative Director, (202) 550-2491, goberh@aol.com

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