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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Winona, MN April 30, 2010

Combat Wounded Veterans Share Experiences with Students at Winona Middle School

On April 29, 2010, Members of Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 5555 visited with students of three separate American History classes in Winona, Minnesota.  The patriots shared their wartime experiences as soldiers who had been wounded in Vietnam. The interaction between students and members of Chapter 5555 was moving and informative, resulting in many questions and answers by and for the students.


L to R: Chapter Commander Dick Lande, Sergeant at Arms Gene Barum, Patriot Gordie Nelson,

Finance Officer Dick Holdorf, and Jr. Vice Commander David Meyers.



The Patriot’s visit was part of the MOPH Americanism Program whose purpose is to educate our Nation’s youth on the need for a strong national defense and to promote patriotism to our country.   History teacher Matt Smith was so pleased with the results of the visit that he invited MOPH Chapter 5555 to return again next year and to make this an annual event for the Purple Heart Chapter members.


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 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, 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 who require employment assistance.  Through the VAVS program, 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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