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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC, April 20, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes Donald Hubbard as National Service Officer of the Year

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is honored to announce the selection of Donald Hubbard of Houston, Texas as the 2010 National Service Officer (NSO) of the Year.  National Commander Jim Sims presented the award to Mr. Hubbard at this year’s Annual Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Hubbard NSO

Don Hubbard (L) receives NSO of the Year Plaque from National Commander, Jim Sims

The MOPH Service Program exists to assist ALL veterans in working with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and filing claims for the many benefits that are available and they have earned.  This assistance is made available to all Veterans, their dependents, widows and orphans, and veterans do not need to be a Member of the MOPH to seek assistance.  The program provides veterans' benefits experts (NSO’s) at various Veterans Administration regional offices, hospitals, vet centers, and state and county veterans facilities.  The NSO’s process veterans' claims for compensation, pension, medical care, education, job training, employment, veteran’s preference, housing, death, and burial benefits. They also assist in identifying and helping homeless veterans.

Mr. Hubbard is well known throughout the NSO system as an expert on veterans’ entitlements and is a mentor and resource for NSO’s across the nation.  In addition to his own workload at the VA Regional Office in Houston, he serves as Chairman of the MOPH Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA).  Over the past seven years he personally has reviewed 989 veteran appeals and without his dedication and efficiency, the BVA case load would become insurmountable.  Each year he assists in the development of the annual certification training of all NSO’s, and is himself an exceptional presenter.  Most importantly, he is well respected by the Houston VA Regional Office staff as he is a constant reminder of the correct way to process veterans’ claims.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (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, they provide comfort and assistance to al, l Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  MOPH volunteers provide assistance to Hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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