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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Springfield, VA - July 26, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes America’s Korean War Veterans

Tomorrow, July 27, marks the date in 1953 when an armistice was signed by The United Nations Command, supported by the United States, the North Korean People’s Army, and the Chinese People’s Volunteers, bringing to an end the first and largest war of the “Cold War” era.  The year 2010 is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, often referred to as either an “armed conflict” or a “police action” because the U.S. Congress refused to pass a declaration of war.  Nevertheless, 1,789,000 American soldiers participated in the Korean War, while 33,742 gave their lives and another 92,134 were wounded in combat. 

On Friday, August 13, 2010, as part of its National Convention, the Military Order of the Purple Heart will honor all veterans who participated in the Korean War with a special reception at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  Representatives of all of the major Veteran Service Organizations in Florida are expected to attend, and the reception is open to all veterans of the Korean War. 

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 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 requiring employment assistance.  MOPH volunteers through the VAVS program, 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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