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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Springfield, VA - September 23, 2014

Leadership of MOPH Departments in New Mexico and Oklahoma held by OIF/OEF Patriots

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is proud to announce that the Departments of New Mexico and Oklahoma elected OIF/OEF Purple Heart recipients to all three of the top leadership positions of their respective state organizations. 

Because of their early election cycle, New Mexico was technically the first Department in the nation to claim the honor in May, 2014, when Stephen Rose, wounded in Afghanistan while serving as an Army Dog Handler was elected as Department Commander.  Geoffery Stone, wounded in Iraq while serving as an Army Ranger, was elected Senior Vice Commander, and Robert Bibeau, wounded in Afghanistan while serving as a Marine Captain, was elected Junior Vice Commander.  The Department of Oklahoma followed suit one month later when Frank Casson, a USAR 88m truck driver wounded on convoy in Iraq, was elected as Department Commander.  Michael Sturgill, a Navy Sea Bee wounded as a convoy gunner in Iraq, was elected Senior Vice Commander, and Edward Wright, an Army Ranger wounded in Afghanistan, was elected as Junior Vice Commander.

MOPH is proud that the newest generation of Combat Wounded Veterans is willing to move into positions of trust and responsibility at every echelon of leadership in the Chapters and Departments of the Order, as well as key positions in the National organization.   By example, these young veterans bring a new commitment, vitality, and fresh ideas that will help the Order to grow in the future as we fulfill our mission of service to veterans and their families.

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, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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