FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Las Vegas, NV August 9, 2015
Patriot Bob Puskar Elected National Commander of the
Military Order of the Purple Heart in Las Vegas, Nevada
The 83rd Annual Convention of The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the Ladies Auxiliary of the MOPH successfully concluded in Las Vegas, Nevada with the election of new officers for the upcoming year. Patriot Bob Puskar, a combat wounded veteran from Paradise Valley. Arizona was elected as National Commander. Elected as National Senior Vice Commander is William Nazario, a combat wounded veteran from Cortland Manor, New York. Elected as National Junior Vice Commander is Daniel Cannode, a combat wounded veteran from Waterville, Ohio.
Elected as President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is Eileen Ottmann of Louisiana. Elected as Senior Vice President is Terri Shattuck of Michigan. Elected as Junior Vice President is Gloria Sanchez of Florida.
Among the highlights of this year’s Convention, was the unanimous appreciation expressed by the members and ladies for the exceptional leadership this past year by the immediate Past National Commander J. Patrick Little. Patriot Cyril L. "Cy" Kammeier of West Virginia was singled out for recognition as the National Patriot of the Year for his singular contributions to the Order and to veterans. Recipient of the Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy scholarship was U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jeramiah J. Wegner. Patriot Pat Little and Chaplain Stanley Beach were each presented with the Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains. Macra Brunson from Texas was recognized by the Ladies Auxiliary with the Martha Washington Award.
On August 7th, National Purple Heart Day, New York City’s Empire State Building was lit in purple lights for the third consecutive year and in Las Vegas, site of this year’s National Convention, a special Purple Heart Day sound and light show was presented by the “Fremont Street Experience.” The keynote address at the closing banquet was delivered with great humor and reverence by Mr. Lawrence Herrmann, Esq., a Board Member of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) of the U.S.A. Inc.," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all 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 received the Purple Heart Medal.
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John E. Bircher III, National Public Relations Director,