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MAGAZINE DIRECTOR AWARD Purple Heart March/April 2018


Purple Heart MagazineISSN: 0279-0653 March/April 2018 MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART OF THE U.S.A., Inc. Chartered by Act of CongressRAELYNN MCAFEE, EDITOR, PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE LOLLO SCHNITTGER NYLEN, DESIGN & PRODUCTION JEFF TAMARKIN, COPY EDITORMOPH National Headquarters ADDRESS changes, DEATH of a Member & SUBSCRIPTIONS which includes postage. NEWS, PHOTOS and EDITORIALS to: National Editor RaeLynn McAfee, 2037 Warner Drive,Chuluota, FL 32766 Magazine COMMENTS to: Publications Committee Chairman COPYRIGHT 2018 by Military Order of the Purple Heart, Inc. All rights reserved. POSTMASTER : Send address changes to Purple Heart Magazine, March/April 20182PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE THE HOMECOMING THEY DESERVE... THE SUPPORT THEY NEED.Donate Today! Purple Heart Service FoundationCall us to donate: 888-414-4483 Or go online: www.purpleheartcars.orgHELPINGOURCOMBATWOUNDEDWARRIORS& THEIRFAMILIES


4 National Commanders Brie ng 5 Membership Digitally Enhanced 6 National Jr. Vice Commanders Brie ng 7 National Chaplains Brie ng 8 Region IV Commanders Brie ng 9 Region IV Events 10 Mail Call 12 2018 Convention Information 16 MOPH Participates in the 2018 Rose Parade 20 Indian River Woodcarvers Honor Purple Heart Recipients 22 VA Launches Telehealth Program for Rural Vets with PTSD 24 45 Years of Freedom 25 Veteran Suicide Prevention: What We Can Do 26 Theory in Practice: Leadership 29 MOPH Suicide Awareness Program 30 News & Gatherings 38 MOPHA National Presidents Note 40 MOPHA National Jr. Vice Presidents Note 41 MOPHA National Chaplains Note and MOPHA In Memoriam 42 MOPHA Region IV Presidents Note 43 MOPHA Region IV Events 44 Taps Purple Heart 20 43 29 March/April 2018 Vol. LXXXIII, Number 2TABLE OF CONTENTS 30 March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE3 16 Cover photograph by MOPH Public Relations Acceptance of advertising contained herein does not imply endorsement nor attest to the ef cacy of advertised products by the Military Order of the Purple Heart or any of its members or staff. Article, photos, or comments for publication in the Purple Heart Magazine should be e-mailed to: THE MISSION OF the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among Combat Wounded Veterans, promote Patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families. MOPH is to undertake a Pro-Active Representation in all forums of public opinion that will consistently seek to improve the status and stature of its Veteran Members, their dependents, families and survivors. MOPH MISSION STATEMENT MOPH VISION STATEMENT ADVERTISEMENT POLICIES MATERIAL SUBMISSIONS


March/April 20184PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE The theme of the Rose Bowl Parade was Making a Difference, and the Odd Fellows oat was titled Sacrice to Serve. I was accompanied by Commander Jim Anderson from the Department of California, and Patriot John Bircher, the National Public Relations Director and Historian. But, I also wanted to include one of our brothers or sisters who was a victim of all the many disasters this year and had suffered considerably. On the advice of the Department of Texas, we selected Patriot Sonya Broadway, who has lost her home twice to the hurricanes and oods. We were joined by three additional Purple Heart recipients, all members of the Odd Fellows: Robert Laizure, a 93-year-old U.S. Navy anti-aircraft gunner, who survived a kamikaze attack during WWII; Norman Summer, a USMC helicopter crew chief; and, Ronald Hanson, who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 1st Air Calvary Division (we signed them all up for the MOPH). Getting up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the staging areas on New Years Day in the dark seemed unreal, but it allowed us to meet the Grand Marshall, Gary Sinise. When I introduced him to Robert Laizure, our WWII kamikaze survivor, Sinise (in typical Lieutenant Dan, of Forest Gump fashion), asked him if he had been to the WWII Museum in Louisiana? When Robert said no Sinise said Give me your name and I will make that happen for you, with all expenses paid. As we lined up for the parade, we discovered that we were in a prominent spot, directly behind the Grand Marshall, with the U.S. Marine Corps Marching Band leading the parade. We were advised to smile constantly, look directly at the people along the route, and alternate using both arms to wave at the crowd, because youre going to have sore arms by the end of the parade. It is difcult to describe the sheer excitement and electrifying energy coming from the spectators in the bleachers lined along the parade route and, in some places, were as much as 40 to 50 rows high. The spectators on the streets and at intersections were 20 to 30 people deep. There were even viewers on the rooftops of buildings. It was a surreal experience, with the atmosphere of being in a football stadium, and the ecstasy of a home team scoring the winning touchdown. The spectators were joyfully yelling out, Thank you, Thanks, and Thank you for your service. Some viewers were chanting, USA, USA, USA, USA, and God Bless the USA. Hundreds of thousands of women and children were throwing kisses, while thousands of veterans stood up and saluted us. Police ofcers, reghters and W HEN I FIRST HEARD THAT MOPH had received a once-in-a-lifetime invitation from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs to be featured on a beautiful and unique oat in the 129th annual Pasadena Rose Parade, I had several immediate concerns, such as scheduling, who should attend and what the nancial cost would be to the MOPH. The more I considered our orders participation, it became clear that, for MOPH, this was a moment in time that could not be passed up, and I was convinced that this would be an outstanding opportunity to promote our legacy. I realized that this would provide exposure for MOPH on one of the worlds largest stages, with international television coverage to more than 70 million TV viewers, not to mention the almost one million parade watchers standing along the 5.5-mile route. These numbers would almost rival the Super Bowl for viewers.More Than Just a Parade by Neil Van Ess National Commanders Brieng


5 rst responders, and other Americans from all walks of life, stood to show respect and their individual and collective appreciation to all Purple Heart recipients. What I mean when I say it was a surreal experience is that, for me, it was not like I was there as the National Commander of MOPH. I felt like I was acting as the connection to the spectators for you receiving their personal love, respect and appreciation on your behalf. Literally, as I tried to connect with the hundreds of thousands of faces by waving back, by saluting back, by even throwing kisses while saying Thanks, Thank you, No, thank you and chanting USA along with the crowd, I felt a personal connection for all Purple Heart recipients. It was a true welcome home! And, I especially felt it for the ones who paid the ultimate sacri ce by never returning home. I felt it for the WWII Greatest Generation, the Korean Forgotten War recipients, the Vietnam recipients who never got our homecoming, and for the GWOT recipients still in battle. And then, all of a sudden, it was over. It didnt seem like it had taken three hours for the paradeit seemed like half an hour. Our arms were not tired or sorenot on that day! I never actually saw the parade, but what I did see in the eyes of thousands of onlookers was an expression of love, admiration and respect. That is what I felt everywhere I went on your behalf and I am so thankful that we were able to contribute to the legacy of our order. Finally, I wish to thank the entire Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, and the more than 50 Rose Bowl volunteers for allowing us to join them during their days spent decorating the oat in a tedious labor of love. I will never forget or live down that uffy guy name. I especially send my love and thanks to John Miller, Roberta Prosk and JR Prosk. I am so proud and honored that you got the most coveted and prestigious Directors Trophy that you so rightly deserved. On behalf of the entire membership of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, we thank you for making this dream come true. Nor do I believe I will ever lose this euphoric feeling, for this is the type of experience that comes only once in a lifetime. I am just so thankful that it came in my lifetime. MEMBERSHIP DIGITALLY ENHANCED by Patriot CM Smrt Chapter 146, Senior Vice Commander ITS NOT, DID YOU SIGN UP A NEW MEMBER? Sometimes, its when and how. Here is a tale of two winters. The freeze of 2017 frustrated Mike more than his Iraq deployment. His apartment Internet service was downed by ice storms electrical outages. A cell call to national headquarters placed Mike in touch with the local MOPH chapter. He gathered all documents and records and met me at a nearby McDonalds, where the lights were on, coffee was hot and burgers and fries were plentiful. By using the smartphone camera, the supporting DOCs were photographed. An application form in the Nov/ Dec 2017 Purple Heart Magazine was completed, signed and scanned. All JPGs were uploaded and sent to a willing and waiting MOPH membership. Our digital upload was con rmed by return phone call from HQ wherein payment was accepted as credit card data was transmitted by voice. Not counting the 30-minute lunch, Mike became the chapters newest member in less than 20 minutes. The 2014 winter had found Chapter 146 outside its local American Legion Hall when they read the handwritten note stating Post 201 Closed, Frozen Pipes! Not to miss the valued time and effort made by assembled Patriots huddled in the snowy-cold parking lot, an impromptu chapter meeting was called to order. Honors were rendered to a 7x10-inch ag that once graced a Veterans Day ceremony. In record time minutes were accepted, the nance Report was read, old and new business came and went. What remained was the impression on a Purple Heart recipient who was visiting for the rst time. Though busy rebuilding his post-deployment life, taking care of his family and securing a job in the local metro police department, Dexter never forgot that rst chapter meeting held in a freezing parking lot by a group of Patriots that loved their country, their military service and each other. When settled, after 18 months of Chapter 146 emails later, Dexter nished his digital application and has been an active OIF/OEF MOPH life m ember.


March/April 20186PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Past, Present, and OUR Future by Felix Garcia Shortly after the convention, the natural disasters displaced many of us and that euphoric feeling was halted for a bit. I had a sense of failure that I havent felt in many, many years that I wasnt the man that I should be, as I sat in a tiny hotel room with my family eating beanie weenies out of a can. Then I took a deep look in the mirror and looked at the man/warrior looking back at me. I made sure that my family was secured, kissed them and went out to make sure that others could overcome and move forward. The year 2017 will be marked as one of the most impactful in my life, where it was both sunshine and rain. Now, 2018 is here and again I have to look at that man in the mirror. How can he make an impact on our organization, the community, and his family? When another natural disaster arises, and it will, will he be prepared? I never was a Boy Scout, but I have the pleasure of working and seeing my daughters being enriched as Girl Scouts. So, I started researching the Boy Scouts and their motto of Be Prepared. Upon learning the Scout motto, someone once asked founder Robert Baden-Powell the inevitable follow-up question: Prepared for what? Why, for any old thing, he replied. Those ve words are the very essence of the business of war, where all gave some, some gave all. Who is this person named Robert Baden-Powell? Before even looking him up on the Internet, I had a feeling that this person must have served in the military. I was correct: Lieutenant-G eneral Robert Stephenson Smyth BadenPowell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, (22 February 1857-8 January 1941) was a British Army ofcer, writer and author of Scouting for Boys (the inspiration for the scouting movement), founder and rst Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts Association, and founder of the Girl Guides. After having been educated at Charterhouse School in Surrey, Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1899, during the Second Boer War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking. Several of his military books, written for military reconnaissance and scout training during his years in Africa, were also read by boys. In the early 1900s, Baden-Powell wanted young people equipped to be able to react quickly to an emergency. The Great War loomed, and soon the Boy Scoutsnot a military organization, but a service-minded onewould be called upon to play their part. We are now part of a Veterans Service Organization, with scars from the battleeld and proud wearers of our nations oldest medal. Our future is predicated on being prepared to ensure our nations existence. We can take a page from Baden-Powell on the next natural disaster and get more involved in our communities, including the Girl and Boy Scouts as mentors. These young great minds will be our future leaders in uniform or in the public. T HE YEAR 2017 WAS AMAZING, but trying for me, my family and many of us that were affected by natural disasters. Do you remember that day when you rst donned your military uniform and the grin was ear-to-ear? That is exactly how I felt when I was elected to be the National Junior Vice Commander, which is still deeply ingrained in my daily actions of service to the Order. National Jr. Vice Commanders Brieng


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE7 I N THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY issue of Purple Heart over 300 Patriots and Associates were memorialized. In this issue, even more of our members will be listed, including Chaplain Herman Keizer, USA (Ret). His death in December caught us all by surprise and left us saddened in an otherwise joyful time of the year. His nal word to us in his last National Chaplains Brie ng was, May God bless you in remembering a past that forti es your living. All of those rst deaths are now history, and it is our obligation to never forget, that they may not experience the second death of being lost to memory. During March and April many of us will observe religious festivals worthy of remembrance: Jews will be observing the Passover and their move from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land; Christians will be celebrating Jesus death and resurrection and the defeat of death as the nal end of human life. Men and women of faith, indeed all citizens of this great nation, are called to embrace, support and uphold our warriors, our veterans and our families who have fought for freedom and a secure life. As we live, let us embrace freedom and new life as we continue to serve the cause of freedom and peace. We are blessed in many ways as we remember our fallen Patriots: Learning from their mistakes, forgiving their failures that we may be forgiven of our own, being inspired by their courage to face the continuing challenges that confront us, and being committed to care for their survivors. While we have the chance, let us strive with those who are still in this life to nd our common life forti ed by the bond of blood we all share. National Chaplains Brie ng by Robert Certain TapsNever ForgetWhich leads me to my nal point. I do not have a nancial background, nor do I have a Master of Business Administration, as many of you have. What I do have is the drive and tenacity to study, learn and lead. Over the past few months, I have been studying the nances of both the Order and Foundation. I have been mentored by some great Patriots, and know that learning the nances is the key to any organization. Within the leadership ranks and membership, there are nancial wizards, and I thank you for giving me the time and educating me. My goal, with the assistance and guidance of you, is that when I do lead the Order, God willing, the nancial burdens will be behind us, and we can concentrate on doing what we do bestserving all veterans and their familiesand be their voice on Capitol Hill, In the Department of Veterans Affairs and in the local community. I wish you and your families a blessed 2018, and lets Be Prepared together. Join the Legacy Member ProgramIn recognition of your monthly commitment of $19.32, please accept this Exclusive LEGACY MEMBER Pin as our grateful thank you THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF THE PURPLE HEART.Join here: HONORING OUR PRESENT, REMEMBERING THE PAST AND PRESERVING THE LEGACY!


March/April 20188PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE This past fall, the region had the misfortune of being hit by H.I.M.: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The Department of Florida and its leadership quickly reacted by mobilizing and reaching out to their Patriots in order to assess property damage and determine next steps. Their actions were buffeted by the national leadership who instituted weekly calls with the departments that were affected by these storms. Together, they were able to raise much needed funds to assist our Patriots. The Department of the Caribbean took the biggest hit. Marias Category 4 landfall on the island territory was a worst-case scenario for Puerto Rico. The hurricane knocked out power to more than 90 percent of the island, and largely disrupted cell and water service. At least 51 people were killed by Maria in Puerto Rico alone. The region was able to maintain sporadic contact with department leadership, and to date, the island is still largely without power. Fortunately, none of our Patriots or their families sustained injuries, and three Patriots have relocated to the Department of Florida. The Department of Florida has also invited the Department of the Carribean to its annual convention. In closing, due to the diligence and constant dedication of the Patriots of the region, Region IV has weathered the storm and remains strong! D URING THE FIRST FEW MONTHS of my term as region commander, I knew that Region IV was special, but I had no idea just how special. Region IV is one of the more diverse regions within MOPH. With its many mountains, beaches, urban centers and rural paradises, the region offers a lifestyle sure to please the most discerning eye. The common thread in the region, however, is the dedication of the men and women who belong to the order. That dedication was put to the test last year when natural disasters threatened the region. Region IV Weathers All Storms by Lee R. Brown Region IV Commanders Brieng as of February 8, 2018 Neil Van Ess0366-NJ-145 John A Lunkwicz1513-TX-518 Joseph S Schaler0159-IL-216 R y an M Sabinish7110-MN-215 Brian W Willette0875-MA-17 Tom Cunnin g ham0148-OH-26 Kenneth L Teunissen0355-DK-35 NSO Nickolas Easterlin g MI4 NSO Joseph LaRocca PA3 NSO Kevin Ott OH3 NSO Dave Srock MN3 NSO Seth Janisse MI2 NSO Paul Kaiser MI2 NSO Tro y Westphal MN2 Member Chapter No Recruited National Service Ofcer State No Recruited


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE9 REGION IV EVENTS REGION IV EVENTS North Carolina Purple Heart SupporterBELOW ARE FOUR EXAMPLES of the 91 businesses from which the Department of North Carolina has received proclamations of their business as a Purple Heart Supporter. They provide us with the proclamation, we write a letter of appreciation and enclose both in a nice frame. They are then encouraged to display the framed items in a prominent place in their business. It promotes their business as a supporter of the combat-wounded and helps provide exposure to the MOPH. Total cost per proclamation is less than $6.00 for frame, paper and ink. The proclamation presentation received from and presented to the Walmart Neighborhood Market.L-R: Patriot Marshall Drennan, Dwyne Batin, Walmart Neighborhood Market store manager, and Chapter 642 Commander Grant Beck The proclamation presentation received from and presented to Sanders Funeral Home. L-R: Patriot Prentis Campbell, Patriot Marshall Drennan, Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, Chapter 642 Commander Grant BeckThe proclamation presentation received from Coastal Carolina Community College (the rst college to proclaim Purple Heart status in N.C.). L-R: Patriot Jack Davis, Chapter 642 Commander Grant Beck, Patriot Tristan Rorie (student at the school), Coastal Carolina President Ron Lingle (Army Dust-off pilot in Vietnam), Patriot John Holmes, Chapter Adj. John Cooney Purple Heart Proclamation presented by the Jacksonville Daily News proclaiming the paper as a supporter of the combat-wounded to members of Beirut Memorial Chapter 642, MOPH.L-R: Patriot Marshall Drennan, Chapter Adjutant John Cooney, Editor Cyndi Brown, Publisher Elliot Potter, Chapter Commander Grant Beck, Patriot Neal Lathrop. Concord Purple Heart CityWELCOME TO CONCORD, Purple Heart City. Purple Heart City placards were placed in six locations entering the Concord, N.C., city limits. A public ceremony was held on Dec. 4 at the N.C. Army National Guard Armory, 1454th Transportation Company. DALE HELMS (l.), receiving quilt, is an active member of Chapter 634 who visits several senior living centers and meets and talks with the veterans. Helms is a retired union deputy sheriff who gives back to his community and shows dedication to other veterans and loyalty to his chapter. The quilt is donated by a quilters group from Hickory Grove Methodist Church. CHAPTER 634 July 4th Parade Harrisburg, N.C.


March/April 201810PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Thank You From the Keizer FamilyMY DEAR PURPLE HEART Members, the Auxiliary, Associates and Friends: My extended family and I would like to express our deep appreciation for the tender love and unbounded support we have received from every element of the Purple Heart community and its members on and since the passing of our beloved Herm. No words could ever express our deepest appreciation for the loving sympathy each of you have shown during this tremendously difcult time and is so greatly appreciated by our family. On behalf of our family and myself, I want to thank you for the beautiful owers, cards, thoughts and prayers that continued to pour in over these dark days. Your thoughtfulness means so much, especially during this difcult time. We covet your continued prayers in the months ahead to help begin to ll the void Herms death leaves in our lives. Thank you for celebrating Herms life with us and comforting us in his death. Commander Neil Van Essa special thank you for arranging for the special rose and for those who were able to travel great distance under terrible circumstances to attend our service, thank you for being there when we needed you the most. Grateful thanks also to our Auxiliary President Gloria Sanchez and Chaplain Dar Schuff for their love and prayers. Thank you again for extending your support.Ardis Keizer & Family Caledonia, Michigan Mail Call SEND LETTERS TO:The preferred submission procedure for letters are via email to: Letters can also be submitted by regular mail to: RaeLynn McAfee, 2037 Warner Drive,Chuluota, FL 32766. The Magazine reserves the right to edit letters as it deems necessary.


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March/April 201812PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART 86TH NATIONAL CONVENTIONSPOKANE, WA Monday, July 30th Friday, August 3rd, 2018 Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park303 West North River Drive Spokane, WA 99201Tel: (509) 326-8000 Fax: (509) 325-7329 Website: To make a reservation, please call: 1-800-733-5466 or 509-755-6644 MOPH Convention Code: 20180726 or use link: Please sign up for the Hello Rewards Program signup at: Any Questions or availability issues, please contact: MaryJean Jacob, Hotel RL Spokane at the Park PH: 509-755-6644 or email: Room Rates include complimentary parking, airport shuttle and access to Fitness Center free wi throughout the hotel. Refrigerator & microwave in ALL rooms ADA rooms are limited, please make your reservation early and reserve these.Attractions and Interests Riverfront Park Centennial Trail Sant Restaurant & Charcuterie Clinkerdagger Restaurant The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen Riverfront Park Square The Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) Key Events: Meetings & Business Sessions on Monday July 30th Friday August 3rd Joint Opening MOPH & Auxiliary on Monday July 30th Department Commanders Breakfast & PNC / PNP Luncheon on Tuesday July 31st Golf Tournament & Free Time on Wednesday August 1st Regional Caucuses & Memorial Service on Thursday August 2nd Elections & Banquet on Friday August 3rd Airport:Spokane International Airport 9000 W. Airport Dr., Suite 204 Spokane, WA. 99224 Tel: (509) 455-6455 Website: Serviced by: Alaska, American, Delta, SouthWest and United Airlines ( Single/Double OccupancyTriple OccupancyQuad Occupancy $119.00$129.00$139.00 $14.28$15.48$16.68 $2.00$2.00$2.00 $135.28$146.48$157.68 Room Rate Occupancy Tax Tourism Tax Deadline for Convention Room Rate: Tuesday June 26, 2018


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Golf Tournament Team Entry FormIndian Canyon Golf Course, Spokane, WA Wednesday, August 1, 2018Prizes:First Hole in One on #8: One week gol ng trip for two to Scotland 4 rounds of Golf included (approximate value $11,000) Second Hole in One prize on #13: Prize to be determined later Other Prizes include Longest Drive, Closest to Pin and others Please Select One: Single Player / Company / Team Name:________________________________________ Golf Team Members: 1._____________________________________________________________________ 2._____________________________________________________________________ 3._____________________________________________________________________ 4._____________________________________________________________________ NOTE: Golf Club rentals are available at $30.00 per set. Please indicate number of sets needed & add to check amount: ____________ Company Name: ___________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name: _____________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________________________________ Contact Phone Number: _____________________ Email Address: __________________________________ Check # ___________ Check Total: $ __________________For Information Contact:Gary Yeager Phillip E. White Phone: (509) 994-6552 Phone: (509) 599-3184 MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: MOPH Department of Washington SEND TO: MOPH, 13102 South Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004-9031 March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE13 Fee: $125 Single Player $500 Per Team of Four (4) NOTE: Limited Number of Teams Available


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE15 DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTONCommemorative Collection Offer 2 piece Commemorative Coin & Lapel Pin Set = $18.00 3 piece Commemorative Coin, Lapel Pin Set & Purple Heart Fly Fishing Lure = $23.00 2 piece set (number of):_________________________ 3 piece set (number of):__________________________ Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________________ State: ___________________Zip Code___________________ Contact Phone Number: _____________________ Email Address: ____________________________________ Check # ___________ Check Total: $ __________________For Information Contact:Gary Yeager Email: or Phone: (509) 994-6552 MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: MOPH Department of Washington SEND TO: MOPH, 13102 South Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004-9031


March/April 201816PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE As winner of the coveted Directors Trophy, the Odd Fellows oat was amongst the leaders of the parade, immediately following the naming sponsors oat (Honda), the 2018 Rose Parade Grand Marshal (Gary Sinise), and the U.S. Marine Corps marching band and mounted color guard. One major difference from past years was that a special group of veterans was riding on the oat, representing all of our Nations Purple Heart recipients, and were waving to the hundreds of thousands of spectators that lined the streets along the parade route, and the more than 70 million television viewers worldwide during Pasadenas 129th annual Rose Parade on New Years Day. To complement the Making a Difference theme of the 2018 Rose Parade, the Odd Fellows oat was titled Sacri ce to Serve, and featured the head of a bald eagle and a large Purple Heart medal as a special tribute to those members of the U.S. military who have received the Purple Heart medal. In addition to dignitaries of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the riders on the oat included four Patriots of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and three Purple Heart recipients who are members of the Odd Fellows. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Rose Float Organization is incorporated as a 501c(3) Charitable Corporation to provide an educational experience for the public by teaching volunteers to sponsor, design, build, decorate MOPH Participates in the 2018 Pasadena Rose Paradeby MOPH Public RelationsO N JANUARY 1, A UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL FLOAT created by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs (IOOF) joined the 2018 Rose Parade, a century-old New Years Day celebration that featured 44 oats, 20 equestrian units with approximately 400 horses and 21 marching bands that completed a 5.5-mile journey along Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. For the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the parade marked a new rst in the history of the Order by partnering with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs who have participated in the Rose Parade since 1908.


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE17 and enter a oat that is a work of art in the annual Rose Parade. During the last week of December each year, the process of decorating the oat starts in the early hours of the morning and continues until late at night by dozens of members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs who congregate in Southern California for a few days of camaraderie, fellowship and sunny weather. Contributions from the public are most welcome and appreciated. Under the watchful eye and expert guidance of master oat builders Roberta Prosk and her son John, the Rose oat slowly came to life. Building the oat is a labor of love in which all services by the members are volunteeredno one gets paid to work on the oat or the IOOF organizing committee. This year the Odd Fellows Sovereign Grand Master John Miller and California Grand Master Dave Reed honored the Military Order of the Purple Heart with an invitation to join in the decoration of the oat and to accompany them on its voyage through Pasadena. Four members of the MOPH, including National Commander Neil Van Ess; Department of California Commander Jim Anderson; Houston, Texas Patriot and NSO, Sonya Broadway; and National Public Relations Director John Bircher assisted in decorating and then riding on the oat. Bircher developed and coordinated MOPHs contributions to the decoration of the oat and participation in the Rose Parade. The three additional Purple Heart recipients, all members of the Odd Fellows, were Bob Laizure, 93, who enlisted in in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as an anti-aircraft gunner in World War II; Norman Sumner, 77, who served two tours in Vietnam as a USMC helicopter crew chief and left in 1968 as a staff sergeant with a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart; and, Ronald Hanson, who served with the 1st Air Calvary Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 and received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained during a nighttime attack by enemy sappers. This year marks the Odd Fellows 62nd consecutive year of participation, and their oats have often been recognized by the parade judges for the complex and painstakingly precise detail of the artistic workmanship. The entire surface of a Rose Parade oat must be covered in natural materials such as seeds, beans, grains, fruits, vegetables, tree bark, leaves, fresh or dried owers, etc. The surfaces that appear to be painted are actually coated with a layer of white glue, upon which is manually dabbed powdered oral material, which is prepared by grinding seeds and ower petals into a ne dust. Many different oral materials are required to achieve the wide range of colors. The oat was meticulously decorated with many types of oral materials, including a nal bed of 11,000 red roses, 1,000 white roses and hundreds of purple irises. The 2018 Tournament of Roses judging of oats for parade trophies was held the morning of December 31, 2017, in the Phoenix oat construction facility in Irwindale, Calif. All Odd Fellows oat ridersGrand Marshall Gary Sinise greets riders Jim Anderson, Sonya Broadway & Norm Sumner


March/April 201818PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Michelle Lofthouse, daughter of the Phoenix Decorating Company founder Bill Lofthouse, has been designing oats for over 30 years and personally designed this years IOOF oat. Not only was this years oat singled out for its patriotic signicance, but was awarded the Directors Trophy for most outstanding artistic design and use of oral and non-oral materials. If you are wondering whether MOPH participation in the Rose Parade was a costeffective public relations and promotional vehicle, the answer is a resounding yes! All costs of the oat construction, decoration and participation were borne by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. In terms of TV viewership and public awareness, the Rose Parade is an event nearly on par with footballs Super Bowl. The oat was viewed by approximately 700,000 people, who line the 5.5-mile parade route, and by at least 70 million more who watched in 127 countries, including China, via national and international television broadcasts. This is truly a huge viewing audience that may have heard about the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the rst time, and will hopefully be encouraged to learn more about its mission of support to veterans and their families. As the Purple Heart oat glided down Colorado Blvd., Commander Van Ess, a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran, felt the weight of 50 years of shame, disappointment, and resentment being lifted from his shoulders. As he waved to the crowds, he could hear the individual voices of many of the bystanders calling out, Thank you, and Thanks for your service. For Van Ess, it was a profound experience. He felt he was nally receiving the Welcome home that had eluded him for so many years. Reecting on the weeks events, Commander Van Ess summed up his personal feelings when he said, This is the type of experience that comes only once in a lifetime. I am just so thankful that it came in my lifetime. Just a few of the many volunteer decoratorsRoberta & John Prosk Van Ess & Anderson add Irises to Purple Heart All Purple Heart recipients on the oatThousands of owers of all varieties Painting with ground spices, seeds, and owers


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March/April 201820PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE For the past six years, the woodcarvers have held an annual ceremony to present a special cane, hand-carved by club members with an American bald eagle on top, which serves as the canes handle, to current and former members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in combat or by an act of international terrorism. For their wounds, they have each received the Purple Heart medal. In addition to the eagle, the U.S. national emblem, the woodcarvers individualize each cane for the speci c veteran to whom it will be presented. Some of the canes are carved in a few weeks while others take several months to complete, depending on the individual carver. Each cane shows the history of the individual veterans service to his country, including details about the individuals service branch, awards earned and dates of enlistment and discharge. A little known fact is that the bald eagle was chosen on June 20, 1782, as the of cial emblem of the United States because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. It was also believed that it existed only on the North American continent. Ironically, it was on August 7 that same year that General George Washington established the Badge of Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart, as Americas rst military decoration. The Indian River Woodcarvers took on the Purple Heart Cane Project about six years ago after hearing about a similar program in Michigan. Until now, it was primarily by word of mouth that Purple Heart recipients were even aware of the project. At their rst ceremony, the local carvers gave out only two canes, but the program has grown every year, reaching its peak this year with 60 recipients. Each cane is consecutively numbered and, to date, 294 veterans have received the canes. There are only two criteria to qualify to receive a cane: provide proof that you are a Purple Heart recipient (DD-214), and agree to attend the ceremony in person. Among this years recipients were a father and son duo, Michael and by John Bircher, MOPH Public RelationsON JAN. 20, 60 PURPLE HEART recipients from across America gathered at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Fla. They were there to be individually honored by the Indian River Woodcarvers Club for their service and sacri ce to their Nation. Lloyd Lasenby introduces Jim Schaller Eagle head canes wait for their new owner


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE21 Jonathan Suldo, who ew in from Lafayette, La., to receive their canes and sat next to each other at the ceremony. The father, Michael, is a U.S. Navy veteran who ew helicopters in Vietnam. His son Jonathan served with the Louisiana Army National Guards 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq. Although they served during different con icts and in different branches of the military, they were both wounded in action and received the Purple Heart medal. Also receiving a cane this year was Patriot James Schaller, Adjutant of New York Chapter 187, who ew in from Tonawanda, N.Y., with his wife Carol. Schaller was the 2012-2013 MOPH Patriot of the Year. Although a few of the cane recipients were members of the MOPH, the majority were not. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Retired Army Major General Wayne Jackson, a 38-year Army veteran, who spoke on the history of the Purple Heart medal. Master of Ceremonies for the day was Lloyd Lasenby, who leads the Indian River Woodcarvers Purple Heart Cane Program. According to Lasenby, Florida has the second largest number of veterans outside California and we always have requests from people who want to receive a cane. We are trying to ll every request, but it gets harder every year. Unfortunately, Although there are Woodcarving Clubs in almost every state, said Lasenby, very few are interested in replicating our Purple Heart project. He is hoping that MOPH chapters will reach out to woodcarving clubs in their local areas and encourage them to join the effort to recognize the service and sacri ce of Purple Heart recipients. For more information on the Purple Heart Cane Project or to apply for a cane, go to Hundreds Gather in Ft. Pierce for Ceremony MG Jackson and Terry Mize, of Lula, GA Jonathan and Michael Suldo intro by Lasenby Indian River woodcarvers at work The beginning of a Purple Heart cane Canes up close


March/April 201822PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE S OME 40 PERCENT OF VETERANS who have been diagnosed with PTSD live in rural areas. Two-thirds of those vets live closer to one of VAs communitybased outpatient clinics than to a large medical center. The clinicsknown as CBOCsare small primary care sites that serve as satellite clinics for large VA campuses. They typically do not have psychiatrists and psychologists with PTSD expertise on site. But help is on the way. VA has launched a pilot telehealth program that will give rural veterans with PTSD remote access to psychotherapy and related services. The VHA Of ce of Rural Health, in partnership with the VHA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, is deploying the Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP) program. The program includes 12 CBOCs across six VA medical centers: Charleston, South Carolina; Iowa City, Iowa; Little Rock, Arkansas; Denver; San Diego; and Seattle. Veterans who use those CBOCs face considerable travel time to the closest VA medical center. Dr. John Fortney, a research health scientist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, is leading the project. He hopes the results, which will be available in 2020, will lay the groundwork for a national implementation of the TOP program. My focus is on improving access to mental health care for veterans living in rural areas, Fortney says. Because of the avoidance symptoms associated with PTSD, long travel distances to urban areas can be a major barrier to care for rural veterans. In a prior trial, we were able to successfully use telehealth technologies to engage veterans in evidence-based, trauma-focused psychotherapies without them having to travel to a distant VA medical center. Providing psychotherapy in a primary care setting or at home also helps reduce the negative impacts from stigma, Fortney says. Stigmatization occurs when the public labels people with PTSD and attaches negative stereotypes to them, he says. Public stigma can lead to prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behaviors. Public stigma can also lead to self-stigma, whereby those being stigmatized internalize the views of the public. The expectation of rejection by others and lack of self-esteem often leads to avoidance of seeking help. President Donald Trump and VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin have announced plans to increase veteran access to telehealth tools and services, an initiative that has the potential to help many rural vets. Organizers Hope to Enroll About 1,000 Veterans Thus far, Fortney and his team have enrolled more than 500 rural veterans with PTSD who arent receiving specialty PTSD care. He hopes to double that gure in the next year. The enrollees receive frequent phone calls from a care manager who helps them get access to services provided by off-site psychiatrists and psychologists. The psychotherapy is delivered via interactive video from a VA medical center to a CBOC or to the veterans home. The telephone care manager also monitors the progress of the veterans and helps them overcome barriers to care. The participants are being encouraged to choose between the two main forms of trauma-focused psychotherapy used in VA: cognitive processing therapy (CPT) and prolonged exposure (PE) therapy. Both have helped many vets with PTSD overcome troubling experiences, but they take different approaches. CPT is a 12-session treatment plan that teaches people to evaluate upsetting thoughts that have existed since trauma, with a focus on changing the way they look at themselves and the world. Therapists teach skills that help a person decide whether there are better ways to think about trauma. VA Launches Telehealth Program for Rural Vets with PTSD by Mike Richman VA Research Communications


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE23 PE, a 10-session treatment plan, calls for people to think about the traumatic events theyve been throughwhile they are in a supportive environmentto help them realize that those memories are not harmful. Case in point: Being in a crowded area where you cant see people behind you may bring up anxious feelings, but it doesnt mean something bad will happen. Prior Study Showed Improvements in PTSD Symptoms This initiative follows several VA studies that have shown that the remote delivery of CPT and PE for veterans with PTSD can have positive effects. Fortney led one of the studies, a randomized trial involving rural veterans that appeared in JAMA Psychiatry in 2015. Of the 265 Vets in the study, half were assigned to receive CPT and care management delivered via interactive video hook-up with psychologists at a VA medical center. The other half were assigned to usual care. Usual care meant participants were eligible to receive services at their local CBOC, including on-site primary care physicians, psychiatric advanced practice nurses, and social workers. They could also get care at a more distant VA medical center. After a year, only 12 percent of the usual care group received CPT. On average, those veterans showed little, if any, improvement in PTSD symptoms or severity. Nearly 55 percent of those in the telemedicine group, however, received CPT. They also had larger decreases in PTSD scores at six months and one year. Based on the success of the randomized trial, Fortney says he and his team became motivated to disseminate the TOP program in the VA system. Hes condent veterans in the program will get the same quality of PTSD care as if they were in a doctors ofce at a VA medical center. There is a preponderance of evidence that the effectiveness of psychiatry and psychotherapy delivered over via interactive video, including CPT and PE, is equivalent to that delivered face to face, he says. Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDayV ETERAN OF THE DAY has been a tradition on the VAs social media pages for several years now. Each post gets thousands of views, likes, comments and shares. Since this is a daily publication, they are always in need for great nominations. If you know a veteran who deserves to be recognized, please refer to this guide to nominate them. #VeteranOfTheDay works best with three to ve good photosat least one of them should be in uniform. The bigger, the better, and good resolution is important. Consider scanning a physical photo if you do not have a digital copy readily available. Send the photos with the following information: Name, branch, occupation and years of service (Timothy Tim Lawson, Marines, 6672 Aviation Supply, 2006 to 2011) Tours, deployments, and campaigns (OIF, OEF, Vietnam, Gulf War, etc.) Notable awards (Purple Heart, Bronze Star, NAM, Army Achievement, etc.) Current geographic location (so we can localize the story and promote to the community) Bonus info includes what theyre doing now, signicant moment(s) during their service and other unique information. You can send all of the material to In the subject line, put [Veterans name] for Veteran of the Day. It is important that you include as much of the requested material as possible, as it is necessary to complete and publish a Veteran of the Day. Every veteran is worthy of recognition. They do not need to meet any other criteria other than having honorably served their country. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Social Media @VeteransAffairs @DeptVetAffairs


March/April 201824PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE ORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, on Jan. 29, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were signed, bringing an end to the Vietnam War and freedom for prisoners of war held on both sides of the con ict. The PPA was signed by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam (PRG, aka Viet Cong), the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), and the United States of America. On Feb. 1, the POWs in Hanoi were told to bathe and to shave. All facial hair had to be removed and we were to put on clean clothes. In the afternoon all the POWs in the Zoo were brought into a large theater or auditorium. When we were all assembled, the camp commander made the of cial announcement that the Paris Peace Accords had been signed on Jan. 29. All prisoners were to be released on both sides within 60 days of the agreement. We were elated! Linebacker II had been successful, and the lack of bombing for the last month had not signaled a failure after all. We would be going home no later than March 29. We were now of cially SHORT, and could start a real countdown to release. When Feb. 10 rolled around, we were all on edge. We had speculated we might be rst, since we were in the best shape; but the prisoners code insisted that it would be rst in, rst out. I had argued in vain with the camp authorities that two of our guys needed bone and tendon repair and should go home with the rst group. That morning, we knew they were going nowhere. During the afternoon lockdown, we heard in the distance the distinctive whining of C-141 engines. Immediately, we were at the windows watching it make its approach to the airport, a beautiful gray and white transport with a big red cross painted on its tail. At the last minute it made a missed approach, turning right toward the Zoo. As he approached, he waved his wings in salute to us and reentered the landing pattern. We were shouting and jumping for joy. The guards tried to quiet us down, but it was no use. Operation Homecoming was now underway. The second release date was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, but no C-141s arrived. What had gone wrong? Our fears of a new stalemate grew as we speculated and our hope for an on-time release fell into the cellar. An announcement over the camp radio claimed that the U.S. had violated the terms of the treaty by failing to sweep the mines out of Haiphong harbor. That meant to us that the NVN government had probably done something to test the U.S. government. When the 141s appeared on Monday, the crisis was over. We would later learn that NVN had refused to release four men captured in Laos but held in Hanoi, claiming they were Laotian prisoners. With the threat of renewed BUFF strikes, they relented. The March 17 release occurred on schedule, and we grew increasingly restless, anxious, hopeful and de ant. On the 28th, two events occurred. One, we were issued the clothes, dark blue slacks and light blue shirt, belt, socks, shoes and a vinyl tote bag. The second event was the freedom ight for half the camp. The last release of American prisoners occurred on March 29, 1973, exactly 60 days after the Paris Peace Accords had been signed. We were placed on buses and taken to Gia Lam Airport. A host of spectators were gathered, so we were kept behind the hangars until things were ready and the C-141 was on the ground and prepared to pick us up. We were driven to the front of the terminal, climbed out of the bus and formed two lines in order of our shoot-down dates. When our names were called we marched across the tarmac to a USAF Colonel, saluted, reported in, and boarded our Hanoi Taxi to freedom. by Robert Certain, National POW/MIA Coordinator


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE25 V ETERAN SUICIDE HAS BECOME AN ISSUE of increased public and of cial interest The DVA is instituting an effort similar to its attack on veteran homelessness in the hope of reducing the numbers. We can each participate in this effort by becoming more aware of the signs and symptoms of PTS, which is associated with and shares many of the signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking. There are many sources for this information, including our chapter website and blog, which list various resources. If there are resources you nd helpful that we have not listed, please do not hesitate to send the links to me or our webmaster. My purpose here is to highlight some information pertaining to the scope of the problem of veteran suicide and some simple things that can be done by individual Patriots and chapters. The key signs to look for are isolation and hopelessness. Also various sleep disturbances. Since 9/11/01 over 8,000 Service members have been killed in combat. During that same period over 100,000 veteran suicides have been reported. For a number of reasons veteran suicide is underreported. Nobody keeps records of the suicides of family members of veterans. The DVA reports that 70 percent of veterans committing suicide were not signed up with the VA. Clearly, not being around fellow veterans and veteran-speci c health care providers makes it easier to isolate and less likely for interaction to occur with someone with eyes that see and a heart that understands veteranspeci c issues. Simply by getting a vet to sign up with the VA decreases the risk of that suicide from 70 percent to 30 percent, a very signi cant risk reduction! Considering the percentage of our population that have served in the military, it is unlikely that an at-risk veteran will encounter a fellow veteran in the usual routine of daily existence. It is incumbent upon us, therefore, to be alert and looking to offer friendship and support to troubled veterans. Such people are present in and passing through our lives every day. If we are tied up with our own issues and not thinking about that other veteran, we will miss someone in need. Our call is to deal with Patriots who have served the country and their families and to bring them into the fellowship of those who have served, because that is in their own best interest. It will save lives. Please pause now to put the Veterans Crisis Line number, 800-273-8255, in your cell phone address le. Also please consider checking with your local VA about volunteering for Vet2Vet. Veteran Suicide Prevention: What We Can Do by Richard B. Small, National Surgeon


March/April 201826PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE H AVE YOU EVER WONDERED why it seems that the newer era of MOPH leaders seem so eager sometimes mischaracterized as impatient or ultimatum-drivento usher in sweeping change or else they will not participate in MOPH activities? Have you ever wondered why it seems that the more seasoned eras of MOPH leaders seem so xatedsometimes mischaracterized as stodgy or entrenchedon adhering to long-established procedures and insisting that new members need to wait patiently to move through the leadership ranks? The challenge for MOPH leaders at every level is embracing and balancing the competing viewpoints and perspectives of Patriots to maintain organizational cohesion; attract, involve and retain new members; and accomplish the core missions of MOPH. The challenge is not just limited to MOPH, as other veteran service organizations (VSOs) face the same challenges with their membership. Well-established research attributes are part of the different and often competing perspectives to generational differences (e.g., Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and Millennials). There is also the 30-year gap between the last two major conicts (Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan) that sees MOPH membership in vastly different phases of their career and personal life cycles: majority of Vietnam and earlier Patriots is retired and able to participate in a number of organizations and activities, while the majority of Iraq/ Afghanistan era veterans is in the midst of family, school and career obligations and must therefore be selective with what little discretionary time they have. However, there is also a leadership theory at work in the divide: the crucibles of leadership theory. Understanding the crucibles of leadership theory can help MOPH leaders leverage the differing viewpoints to create the kind of excitement and sense of collaborative spirit that welcomes and involves new members, values and acknowledges established members and, most importantly, accomplishes the vitally important mission of MOPH. The Crucibles of Leadership Theory The crucibles of leadership theory describes the origins of leadership. In the context of leadership, a crucible event is a transformative experience, often with life-or-death consequences, that tests leaders and forces them to examine who they are, what is important to them, and determine their core purpose in life. Crucible leaders are those who view their crucible event as a pivotal moment in their leadership development and emerge from their crucible event fundamentally and forever altered as leaders. Given the denitions of crucible events and crucible leaders, it is relatively easy to see that combat trauma is a crucible event for many combatwounded leaders. For combat-wounded crucible leaders, the experience of getting wounded, going through an arduous recovery and transition back into society and rediscovering their sense of self and purpose is the crucible event. Sadly, as many MOPH Patriots know all too well, some combat-wounded veterans are unable to re-emerge from their trauma, remaining stuck in the crucible moment for years, decades or the rest of their lives. For those combatwounded veterans fortunate enough to persevere through the trial of injury and recovery, they may enter a period of profound change called post-traumatic growth (PTG). First described in the mid-1990s, PTG describes how survivors of major traumatic events can derive positive meaning from their experiences and see the world around them with changed priorities, openness to new possibilities, improved relationships and a marked increase in their personal strength, spiritual development and appreciation for life. In the context of leadership development, crucible leaders use the period of PTG to reect on their leadership style and vision and adopt a profoundly different approach based on genuineness, transparency, tough-minded humility and a erce sense of personal resolvethe hallmarks of authentic leadership. There are four leadership competencies common to THEORY IN PRACTICE: THE CRUCIBLES OF LEADERSHIP THEORY AND THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEARTby Dr. David R. Andrews, Department Commander, Colorado


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE27 crucible l eaders: adaptive capacity, the ability to engage others in a shared vision, a distinctive voice and a deep sense of integrity. Adaptive capacity is the ability to learn new skills and derive wisdom from lifes inevitable challenges. The ability to engage others in a shared vision is characterized by articulating a clear vision that attracts others to the cause. A distinct voice is expressing leadership in a manner that deeply resonates with and inspires their followers. Crucible leaders emerge from their trial with an unshakable belief in their core values and sense of personal integritythe foundation upon which they lead others. Crucible leaders will seek a stage from which to share their vision and put their newfound leadership skills to work. The Crucibles of Leadership Theory Applied to MOPH Consider the MOPH mission: The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families. Table 1 shows where the four elements of the MOPH mission align with the leadership characteristics and competencies of the crucibles of leadership. Why does discord exist if so much of the crucibles of leadership theory aligns with the MOPH mission? From an organizational leadership perspective, the friction is likely caused by areas where the organizational culture, and generational gaps, of MOPH membership may inhibit or dissuade crucible leaders from participating. First, crucible leaders, regardless of their age, will seek a stage to share their vision and put their newfound leadership skills into practice. If these crucible leaders feel stied or welcome only as passive observers until they have paid their dues, rest assured that they will leave for a venue where they can be heard and heeded. Second, consider the crucibles of leadership characteristic of deve loping creative and positive responses to MOPH Mission Element Foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans Promote patriotism Support necessary legislative initiatives Provide service to all veterans and their families Applicable Crucible Leadership Competencies and Characteristics The ability to engage others in a shared vision; acknowledging ongoing symptoms of distress; focusing on assistance or encouragement from others empathy toward survivors of the same type of trauma; enabling collaborative connections among others A distinctive voice; a deep sense of integrity; reection on larger societal issues to understand better target problems; seeking education or training for themselves and other survivors; focusing on assistance or encouragement from others Reection on larger societal issues to understand better target problems; focusing on assistance or encouragement from others; empathy toward survivors of the same type of trauma; a sense of obligation toward survivors of the same type of trauma; needing justice Reection on larger societal issues to understand better target problems; seeking education or training for themselves and other survivors; focusing on assistance or encouragement from others; empathy toward survivors of the same type of trauma; enabling collaborative connections among others; a sense of obligation toward survivors of the same type of trauma; needing justiceTable 1. The MOPH Mission Alignment with the Crucibles of Leadership Attributes


March/April 201828PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE leadership barriers. If a crucible leader devotes the time, energy and enthusiasm to offer potential solutions to help achieve the MOPH mission, then it is imperative that they are welcomed and provided the opportunity to make a meaningful, tangible contribution. Otherwise, they will feel disenfranchised and seek another venue. Given that crucible leaders, as part of emerging from PTG, develop a erce personal resolve, and will not be shy in walking away from an organization where they feel inhibited as leaders. Third, how do MOPH activities align with the family focus that is so critical for combat-wounded crucible leaders? While spouses may be common to all eras of MOPH Patriots, are there child-friendly activities that focus on the newer generation of Patriots who still have young children at home? Fourth, how much time do you invest as a MOPH leader to understand (not just listen to) your Patriots vision, goals, and sense of purpose? The need for understanding is common to crucible leaders of all eras, and MOPH, as with any other organization, is a reection of its membership. When the organizations culture or processes are so rigid that there is no room for change, then it will struggle to attract, engage and retain new members. Organizational change is a risky endeavor, and organizational culture may take years to evolve, but change is a necessary part of keeping an organization vibrant, attractive and competitive (especially in the non-prot VSO world where potential members and donors have many options for investing their time and money). The most successful organizations are those that embrace change while staying true to their core mission (and Congressional charter in the case of MOPH). Embracing change requires embracing new and innovative ideas percolated upward from where the Patriots interface with society, at the chapter level, and that in turn requires identifying, developing and empowering the crucibles leaders in MOPH. Putting Crucible Leaders to Work in MOPH How do you as a MOPH leader identify the crucible leaders from the other patriots in your group? The simplest way to identify and engage the crucible leaders is to always solicit and welcome new ideas at meetings and to see who consistently presents ideas and is willing to see them to fruition. Developing crucible leaders requires creating an environment and culture where change and innovation are always explored. Even if the idea is not adopted, creating a culture of excitement over new possibilities is highly appealing to crucible leaders. Rather than stiing the crucible leaders with exhortations to wait their turn or be patient, MOPH leaders are well advised to give the crucible leader choices and opportunities to lead an effort; to own an effort so they can put all of their leadership creativity to work. Here is where MOPH leaders must also balance potential with process and temper re with direction. When providing crucible leaders with an opportunity to lead a MOPH activity, establish two criteria the Patriot must commit to: a) ensure the proposed activity is moral, legal, scally viable and aligns with the MOPH mission; and b) the Patriot will assume ownership of the idea from concept through to completionno half measures allowed. The rst element ensures alignment with and adherence to the principles and legal framework under which MOPH operates. The second element provides the crucible leader the opportunity and responsibility to further develop and solidify their leadership skills while also breathing life into their idea. Those Patriots who propose the idea and bring it to fruition? They are the MOPH (crucible) leaders who have a burning desire to sharpen their leadership skills and to make MOPH a stronger family of Patriots devoted to fullling our mission and creating positive, lasting change in our community and nation. Welcome them, include them and develop them because they are the future leaders of MOPH, industry and society. About the author: Dr. David Andrews holds a Doctorate in Management and currently serves as the MOPH Department Commander for Colorado. Authors Recommended Reading Leading for a Lifetime: How Dening Moments Shape Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Warren Bennis & Robert J. Thomas (Harvard Business Review Press) True North: Discover your Authentic Leadership Bill George (Jossey-Bass)


29 SUICIDE IS A WORD thats gradually being talked about more. Just this past year, the Department of Veterans Affairs released a study exploring Suicide among Veterans and other Americans 2001-2014. From this study, we can see that in 2014, an average of 20 veterans a day died as the result of suicide. Six of those 20 had recently received Veterans Health Administration services in 2013 or 2014 and around 67 percent of all veteran suicides were a result of rearm injuries. This study also showed us that the suicide crisis was not limited to any specic age group; however, 65 percent of all veterans who died by suicide were age 50 and older. From this study, we are also able to see that in our country, the risk of suicide for male veterans was 19 percent higher than the civilian rate, and that female veterans were 2.5 times more likely to die by suicide than the average civilian adult women. Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has identied preventing veteran suicide as his top priority and notes that veterans who have separated within a year and 18 months of service are twice as likely to die from suicide than a veteran of any certain age group. That is just an unacceptable number, and we are focused on doing everything we can to prevent these veterans suicides, Shulkin stated. Even with all this information, we are still missing a large piece of information. Data on veterans not in the VA system is missing from the research. Thanks to Americas Warrior Partnership (AWP), we will soon see that missing piece explored. In an initiative dubbed Operation Deep Dive, AWP has funded a $3.5 million research initiative with two phases. First, they will look into all suicides over the past ve years. They will begin crosschecking the DOD databases to check age, gender and nature of discharge. They will work with the VA to determine who was eligible for services and who had utilized them. Then they will be able to question how we provide better services and hopefully discover who slipped through the cracks. With these and other studies being conducted at this time, we are beginning to get a better understanding of the epidemic of suicide. With more details on who, what and where, now we have to work harder on the why. As research yields more information, we will be able to better help veterans who are in crisis and truly begin to ght the veteran suicide crisis. Please Follow the Suicide Awareness Program on Social Media. by John Flener, National Suicide Awareness Program Ofcer @MOPH22 @MOPH22 MOPH_22


March/April 201830PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE CHAPTER 2202 MOPH AND 2202 MOPHA delivered over 100 bags to the veterans in the VA Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., as a Christmas project. They do so every year for our veterans. CHRISTMAS PARTY, Saginaw, Michigan VA Hospital, Chapter 180 MOPH CHAPTER 825 MEMBERS Lanny Joplin (Finance Ofcer), James Tuttle (Commander) and Associate member Abby Tuttle attended the annual Knights of Columbus Veterans Banquet with St Eloi Council #8779 in Theriot, LA. Commander James was invited to be the veteran guest speaker, which was a great honor. We then enjoyed a great homemade feast that only the Cajuns can do. WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA ceremony at Floral Haven, Broken Arrow, OK Sumter, S.C., Purple Hearts Recognized at Walmart Grand OpeningMEMBERS OF THE GENERAL George L. Mabry, Jr. Chapter 817 represented military veterans during the grand opening of a neighborhood Walmart on January 31. The overall theme of the ceremony was Walmarts support to active duty personnel at Shaw AFB and military veterans in the Sumter community. Pictured L to R are chapter members Donald Williams, Joel Jefferson, Ron Harvin, Commander Dave Nesbitt, Don Kellum, Harry Thompson, Adjutant LeRoy Thompson, Jesse Burgess and Willie Washington. L to R: MOPH member Lanny Joplin, Assoc. Member Abby Tuttle, Commander James Tuttle, Grand Knight Don Boudreaux, and Robert Boudreaux. James Tuttle speaking


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE31 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE R ECENTLY, MOPH MEMBER Dennis Lee received a surprise phone call from a Marine that served with him in Vietnam. Tim (Mac) McInerney had been searching for Lee for 49 years without success. It all started over breakfast when a group of golfers couldnt take to the Washington, D.C.-area course because the weather was terrible and the greens were frozen. Mac was talking with his friend, Jack Leonard, when he mentioned that he had been searching for a fellow Marine since 1969 and couldnt nd any leads on him. Mac was with Lee when he was shot and helped him to the helicopter. He said the last words Lee said to him were, Please hold on to my watch. Mac wore his watch for years but sadly lost it after many more. He has always wanted to meet Dennis again and present him with another watch. Jack Leonard, National Adjutant for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, listened to the story and within a matter of days found Lee. Armed with the details Mac could recall about Leewhere and when he served and was wounded, his injuries, and where he was medevaced toLeonard reached out to the MOPH leadership team in New Jersey, where Dennis was believed to still be in residence. The leadership team not only recognized Lees name, but knew the member and conrmed all the information. After connecting the veterans, an arrangement was made for the two to meet in person. Lees wife was scheduled to travel down to Maryland and Virginia the following week on a business trip, so she took Lee with her so he Please Hold My Watch could have a reunion with Mac in Virginia. The reunion took place in late January in a restaurant in Reston, Va. According to those present, it was a wonderful reunion. Tim McInerney and Dennis Lee reminisced on their tour of Vietnam together and the day that Dennis was wounded. Stories were even told that Lees wife had never heard in their 38 years of marriage. During their reunion Mac presented Lee with a special 3rd battalion, 1st Marines coin for serving in Vietnam 1967-1968. It may be a clich phrase, but its a small world really rings true when it comes to members of the MOPH. THE MILITARY ORDER of the Purple Heart Asia-Pacic held its inaugural Christmas wreath-laying ceremony at the Purple Heart monument in Skinner Plaza, Hagatna, Guam, to honor the memory of military servicemembers wounded or killed in action. Shown are Auxiliary President Jane Sasai and Mrs. Shimizu, Treasurer Tony Perez, Vice Commander Nick Francisco, Commander Chapter 2007 Frank Mendiola and Commander Chapter 1315 Tom Devlin.


March/April 201832PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE MEMBERS FROM THE Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America gathering at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital on Christmas morning to distribute gift bags to the veterans that are hospitalized on Christmas Day.Patriots Owen Richards and Rich Wilson 1ST BATTALION, 27TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV FMF 50TH YEAR AFTER VIETNAM (1968-2018) July 1822, 2018 Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel 5000 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA All other 27th Marine Battalions (13th Arty, 2nd and 3rd Battalions) and supporting units personnel welcome. Contact: Felix Salmeron, (469)583-0191 or 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION, THE BIG RED ONE August 15, 2018 Westin Lombard, Lombard, IL Contact: Society of the First Infantry Division PO Box 607, Amber, PA 19002 (215)654-1969 or THE 15TH MEDICAL BATTALION ASS. April 2628, 2018 Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA For more information visit the web site at 121ST AVIATION COMPANY REUNION April 24-26, 2018 Williamsburg, VA Contact: John Schmied, (352)633-0541 (Please call between 10AM and 9PM EST) or US ARMY OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION March 2529, 2018 Columbus, GA Columbus Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Ave., Columbus, GA 31901 (706)324-1800 Contact: Nancy Ionoff, (813)917-4309 WWII 83RD INFANTRY DIVISION ASSOCIATION72ND REUNION August 15 2018 Verve Crowne Plaza, 1360 Worcester St., Natick, MA. 01760 Veterans, friends, and families of veterans are welcome. Contact: Judy Breen, (603)569-3263, 1ST BATTALION 3RD MARINES 1/3 REUNION ALL ERAs September 11, 2018 Colorado Springs, CO Contact: Don Bumgarner, (562) 897-2437 3-4 CAVALRY September 26September 30 2018 MCM Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Colorado Springs, CO Contact: Dave Cox, 50 YEAR REUNION (1968-2018) 4/21ST THE LAST BATALLION will join The Americal Div. Veterans Association Annual Reunion September 2630, 2018 Wyndham Garden Airport Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK 2101 Meridian Avenue, (405)685-4000 USMC FOX 2/7 AND H 2/1 (7/65 2/66) July 15July 20, 2018 Hotel Elegante, Colorado Springs, CO Contact: Ron Gryn, (352) 638-2872, for reunion packet Patriots Gary Murra and Lyle Van Hove with Department of the Dakotas Commander Kent Teunissen CHAPTER 7110-Rochester, Minn., hosts an annual fundraiser with the Minnesota POW/MIA Riders Association that includes dinner, auctions and entertainment. Last years event raised over $20,000, of which 100 percent of the proceeds go to the MOPH chapter and Riders Association. This piece is one example of many one-of-a-kind items donated to the event.


NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE Purple Heart RegulationCAPS Cap prices include the cap patch and the lettering Military Order of the Purple Heart and U.S.A. On the left side, and Chapter number on the front right, if requested.Mens and Ladies StyleAll white with purple piping & letters: $24.75 eachMens and Ladies StylePurple with white top, gold piping & white letters: $24.75 eachMens and Ladies StyleAll purple with white piping & letters: $24.75 $20.00 (Lettering not available)Includes direct embroidery front right side: $6.00 Associate Member Annotation: $9.50 ( in addition to cap price ). Additional letters: $0.60 each Remove/replace letters: $1.50 per letter Plastic zippered cap bag: $4.00 each Winter baseball caps: $15.00 each Dress Tie: $15.00 each* Purple tie 100% polyester with white-bordered MOPH patch (specify standard tie or clip-on) *ONE SIZE FITS ALL Allow approximately four (4) For shipping & handling, add $8.00 per order With your order, include the following when ordering: (Please print clearly) Your Name Your Address Your Chap. # Cap Size Your Tel No(s) VISA/MC No. & Expiration Date Compute the Total Amt. of your Order and email, phone or mail check or Money Order to:KEYSTONE PLEASE NOTE: ALL RUSH ORDERS WILL INCUR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE/FEE March/April 2018 THE PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE will publish announcements for ofce following these guidelines: Those running for National Commander will be allowed a maximum of 350 words. Candidates for Senior and Junior Vice-Commander will be allowed a maximum of 300 words. Candidates for Regional Commander will be allowed a maximum of 250 words. Candidates for any other National Ofce will be allowed a maximum of 150 words. If the submission exceeds the word restrictions, the candidate will be given one week to revise his or her announcement. After that calendar week, the announcement will be sent to the Copy Editor for editing. Announcements for candidates running for a national ofcer or committee will run in the May/June issue of the magazine. The deadline for submission is April 1st. Please email submissions to Editor at Candidates Announcement For Ofce


Military Order of the Purple Heart Application for Life MembershipEligibility: Any person of good moral character who is serving in or has served in one of the Armed Forces of the United States, or any foreign country, who can show proof of the award of the Purple Heart for wounds. Evidence of the award of the Purple Heart must be submitted with the application. Certificate alone does not constitute proof of award. If discharged, discharge document such as a DD214 must be provided reflecting character of service as honorable or general. For active duty, provide PCS orders, Purple Heart Orders and Purple Heart Certificate. There is no posthumous membership. All applications are subject to verification with the National Personnel Records Center and/or Service. For a parent, spouse, sibling, lineal or adopted descendant (child, grandchild or great-grandchild) of either a living or deceased Purple Heart recipient, evidence of the award of the Purple Heart and the relationship must be submitted with the application. If the Purple Heart recipient is living, the recipient must be a member in-good-standing of the MOPH and he/she must sign to acknowledge the relationship and consent for membership. Purple Heart Recipient Associate Member PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION Applicant Name Date of Birth Address City State Zip Phone(H) (Work/Cell) FAX Email Recruited by (Print Name) Next of Kin (Print Name) Relationship Check one Life Member Associate Life Member Credit Card VISA Mastercard Discover American Express CVV #(required)________ Credit Card # Expiration Date Applicant Signature Da te (required even if not paying by credit card) Typing my name will constitute as my signature All applicants must complete form below and send with payment to: MOPH National Headquarters 5413-B Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151 888.668.1656 MOPH use only See above for Dues schedule. Member# Chapter# MOPH Bylaws require that a copy of the document that supports the award of the Purple Heart medal must accompany each application. A copy of documentation submitted will be retained on file for future reference. Evidence of the award of the Purple Heart must be submitted with the application. Certificate alone does not constitute proof of award. If discharged, discharge do cument such as a DD214 must be provided reflecting character of service as honorable or general. For active duty, provide PCS orders, Purple H eart Orders and Purple Heart Certificate. There is no posthumous membership. All applications are subject to verification with the National Personnel Records Center and/or Service. DD214 DD215 Orders plus PH Certificate WD AGO 53-55 Service Army Navy Air Force Marines Coast Guard War Wounded WW2 Korea Vietnam OEF OIF OND OtherDate entered service Active Duty (Provide PCS orders) Date Departed Service/Discharged Date wounded Location of EngagementCommissioning source:Documentation of relationship and proof of Purple Heart award required. Name of Purple Heart Recipient Member# & Signature Chapter# I acknowledge the relationship and consent for associate membership (if applicable) Purple Heart documentation DD214 DD215 Orders plus PH Certificate WD AGO 53-55 Relationship of Applicant to PH Recipient Parent Spouse Sibling Child Grandchild Great-Grandchild Relationship documents Birth Certificate Adoption Papers Marriage Certificate Casualty Report The National Adjutant will make the final determination on eligibility. Altered documents constitute automatic denial of member ship. Payment for dues is not deductible as a charitable contribution according to the Internal Revenue Code. Dues include subscription to the Purple Heart M agazine. Purple Heart Recipient Associate Member Dues Schedule Life Membership $50.00 Associate Life Membership $50.00 TO APPLY ONLINE GO TOwww.purpleheart.orgor CLICK HERE Fees submitted with Application for Membership are NON-REFUNDABLE.All information and requirements are subject to change without notice. (Effective 6/15/17)


Price List HEADQUARTERS SUPPLY LIST NEW Effective January, 2016 Prices Include Shipping & Handling All Orders Must Be Pre-Paid VA Residents Add 5% Sales Tax NOTE: Check Return Fee of $45 per Returned Check Orders can be placed online through your Netforum Membership Portal Questions: Flags Accessories Item #S3015 Rain Cover $30.00 Item #S3016 Flag Cord & Tassel $25.00 Item #S3017 Flag Belt Black $25.00 Item #S3018 Jointed Aluminum Pole $40.00 Item #S3019 Flag Base $40.00 Item #S3020 Gilt Eagle $27.00 Item #S3021 Gold Spear $27.00 Item #S3030 Flag Desk Set $27.00 Item #S3031 Wooden Flag Pole $40.00 CitationsPlease Plan Ahead Processing Can Take 3 4 Weeks Item #S3040 Blank Citation Single Foil Stamp 8 1/2 x 11 blank for personal $11.00 printing of citation at chapter or department level Item #S3041 Blank Citation Quanties of 6 23 Foil Stamp 8 1/2 x 11 blank for personal $10.00 printing of citation at chapter or department level Item #S3042 Blank Citation Quanties of 24 and above Foil Stamp 8 1/2 x 11 blank for personal $9.00 printing of citation at chapter or department level Item #S3043 Service to the Community Service to the Community, Fellow Citizens & Veterans. $12.00 Item #S3044 Patriot of the Year Patriot of the Year $12.00 Item #S3045 Past Chapter or Department Commander Past Chapter or Department Commander $12.00 Item #S3046 Service to The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service to The Military Order of the Purple Heart $12.00 Replacement Life Member Items Item #S3050 Replacement Life Member Card $10.00 Item #S3051 Replacement Life Member Certicate $11.00 Item #S3052 Replacement Life Member Certicate Package (Certicate & Card) $20.00 Constitution & Bylaws Item #S3060 Constitution, Bylaws & Rituals with Binder $20.00 Item #S3061 Constitution, Bylaws & Rituals without Binder $15.00 Stationery Item #S3071 Business Cards $65.00


Dues Schedule Life Membership $50.00 Associate Life Membership $50.00FOR INTERNAL USE ONLYDO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES. Date Received Type Member Certification by Amount Paid Member # Parents, grandparents, spouses, widows, widowers, siblings, children, and grandchildren of persons who have been awarded the Purple Heart by the Armed Services of the United States and to those who served in the Armed Forces and have received the Purple Heart decoration in their own name. Such membership is subject to conditions set forth in Article 1 of the bylaws of the MOPHA. Life and Associate Memberships are available. Contact the National Secretary. Membership of the Patriot must be verified through certified evidence of the Purple Heart Award. Dues include subscription to the Purple Heart Magazine. Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart Application for MembershipName Phone Address City State Zip Email I am the of (Medal Holders Name) who was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by the U.S. Government. He/she (is) (is not) an Active Member of MOPH Chapter # Membership must be certified* by CHAP. ADJ or Copy of Award must accompany this application. Applicants Signature Sponsor *Certified by Witnessed by Date Unit # Birthdate Complete and mail to: Tara Waugh, 190 E. Olmstead Dr. C-12, Titusville, FL 32780 Email: tara@purpleheartmi.comPLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION Life AssociateCheck one: *Must be signed by the Chapter or Department Adjutant to certify that the Patriot listed above is/was eligible for membership in the MOPH.Fees submitted with Application for Membership are NON-REFUNDABLE.Payment for dues is not deductible as a charitable contribution according to the Internal Revenue Code


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART AUXILIARY SUPPLY LIST 2017-2018 PINS 101 Membership Pin with logo $5.00 102 Life Member Pin 30.00 103 Unit President Pin 20.00 104 Past Unit President Pin 30.00 105 Department President Pin 20.00 106 Past Department President Pin 30.00 107 30 Year Member Pin 10.00 108 35 Year Member Pin 10.00 EMBLEMS 201 Emblem, embroidered heart shaped 4 inch 5.00 202 Emblem, embroidered heart shaped 7 inch 12.00 203 Emblem, embroidered round Associate Member 3 inch 4.00 204 Patch, Life Member embroidered x 3 inch 3.00 205 Patch, Associate Member embroidered x 3 inch 3.00 206 Patch, L.A.M.O.P.H. embroidered x 3 inch 3.00 UNIT SUPPLIES 401 Flag set, American and MOPHA, 4 x 6 inches on 10 inch pole and stand 12.00 402 Charter, Department or Unit including 10 names ($1.00 per additional name) non-refundable 50.00 403 Constitution, Bylaws, Rules, Regulations, Rituals, Standing Rules, Handbook 13.00 (specify large or small) 404 CBL 3 ring binder (small size) 2.00 405 Directory, Units and Departments (Price per National Convention 2014) 5.00 406 Minutes, National Convention (Price per National Convention 2014) On Disc 5.00 407 Membership card replacement (Contact Membership Ofcer) 5.00 408 Stickers, peel off with emblem, pkg. of 60 3.00 409 Weve got you covered labels 10 labels 2.00 Check or money order payable to: MOPHA Orders should be sent to: Judy Fiddler National Secretary MOPHA 1231 13th St. SE Massillon, OH 44646 Phone: 330-481-4731 Email: MOPHA caps are ordered through Keystone Uniform Cap Corporation 2251 Fraley Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137 Phone: 215-821-3434 Fax: 215-821-3438 Online orders can be processed at:


March/April 201838PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE National Presidents Note by Gloria SanchezWe may serve in big or small ways; the important thing is that when we serve that it be an expression of our love for another. If we did not have the common element of service that binds us, we would not likely be a part of this great organization. Yes, we have an obligation to serve, but obligation is too impersonal; it connotes that we must do something out of duty rather than out of the abundance of our hearts. But, on the other hand, our combatants perform duties each day out of a deep sense of obligation and commitment. Can we do any less to support them? There are different ways we can serve others but with an eye toward service for our veterans. We can extend ourselves to those that are confined to hospitals and nursing homes; to our elderly neighbors; to those in homeless shelters and to our members who are not able to come to unit meetings. As a practical matter, our planning should include, on each weeks calendar of events, time to shop, clean, play cards, run errands or just be a listener to those we serve. Encourage a conversation or invite one of our veterans to go out for lunch, dinner or a movie. We should exercise initiative as volunteers-in-service, to support our veterans. We may not be asked for help, and most certainly we do not seek praise for what we do. But when we serve out of the abundance of our hearts, we will reap the reward of knowing we have done what was good and right. By making a habit of doing good works for others, we will make a great difference in their lives. The magical benet is that it will enrich our own lives in the process. It is axiomatic that there is no gift greater than the gift of oneself in the service to others. The benets of serving are that it makes us happy, helps to keep our problems in perspective, breaks down preconceived notions about others who we may not know and fullls our own lives. So, as we go forward into this year, lets make it a point to help others, especially our veterans. No one has cornered the talent market or is endowed with all manner of special gifts, but all of us have some talent and are gifted in some way that can be a benet to others. Lets share those talents and gifts with joy and enthusiasmout of hearts of love. My best to you for everything you do for this great organization, for our wonderful veterans and your communities. Final Thoughts: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, Lifes most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others? Love is not patronizing and charity, isnt about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same. With charity you give love, so dont just give money but reach out your hand instead. Mother Teresa T HERE IS GREAT JOY IN SERVING and helping others achieve their objectives, even the simplest of objectives. Inherent to our mission is the essential element of service to others. The more we reach out to help others, the feedback system built into each person by the Creator will nurture our minds, personality and emotionsour very souls will be fed by the work we do. Serving Through Love in 2018 Auxiliary


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE39 Military Order of the Purple Heart Viola Programc/o Robert Connor 65 Winthrop St N, St. Paul, MN 55119 Phone 612-369-6491 Enclose payment in full making checks payable to:MOPH Viola ProgramPrices include shipping & handling. Orders cannot be sent to a Post Of ce Box. VIOLAS AND GRAVE MARKERS Violas, assembled per 1,000 . . . . . . . . . . $125.00 Viola Donation Cans per 12 . . . . . . . . . . . 20.00 Additional can labels each . . . . . . . . . . . . 00.12 Window Display Cards 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.00 Grave Marker (Bronze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65.00 Purple Heart Apron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.00Payment in full must be received before order may be shipped. A U X I L I A R Y NATIONAL OFFICERS 2017-2018 PRESIDENT GLORIA SANCHEZ (Washington) 2229 Gates Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32312 Phone: h 850-907-0442 c 850-212-3260 SR VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI (Joseph) Phone: 619-379-2513 JR VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ PO BOX 120085 Chula Vista, CA 91912 Phone: c 619-426-5501 CHAPLAIN DAR SCHUFF (Lee) 742 Millbrook Dr. Neenah, WI 54956 Phone: 920-725-2780 SECRETARY Judy Fiddler (Mike) 1231 13th St. SE Massillon, OH 44646 Phone: 330-481-4731 TREASURER TRACY DERR (Doug) 21500 Nowlin St. Dearborn, MI 48124 Phone: 734-837-7412 MEMBERSHIP OFFICER/ WEBMASTER TARA WAUGH 190 E. Olmstead Dr. C-12, Titusville, FL 32780 Phone: 321-307-0989 REGION I PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI REGION II PRESIDENT CHRIS COLE (Jack) 1306 Lancaster NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Phone: c 616-240-7159 REGION III PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI REGION IV PRESIDENT AMANDA FLENER (John) 220 El Harris Rd. Fitzgerald, GA 31750 Phone: 229-325-8106 REGION V PRESIDENT GWENDOLYN GILLIARD (Isaac) 102 Norland Ave. New Orleans, LA 70131 Phone: h 504-391-1127 c 504-481-1003 REGION VI PRESIDENT VICKY MANJARREZ (Ronald) PO Box 337 Pioneer, CA 95666 Phone: h 209-295-1611 c 408-691-0458 MARSHAL BARBARA BURR (Robert) 1680 Hanover Rd. Delaware, OH 43015 Phone: 740-369-0652 PARLIAMENTARIAN JAN KNAPP (Ron) P.O. Box 150, Six Lakes, MI 48886 Phone: 231-881-0735 PATRIOTIC INSTRUCTOR LINDA VAREJCKA (Jim) 450 Conestoga Ave. Hickman, NE 68372 Phone: h 402-792-2144 c 402-580-2549 SERGEANT-AT-ARMS LINDA VAREJCKA (Jim) 450 Conestoga Ave. Hickman, NE 68372 Phone: h 402-792-2144 c 402-580-2549 INSPECTOR SEE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI FINANCE I YEAR CAROL LANCE (Robert) 909 E. Lexington Ave. Gretna, LA 70056 Phone: 504-394-7305 FINANCE 2 YEAR (CHAIR) JAN KNAPP (Ron) P.O. Box 150, Six Lakes, MI 48886 Phone: 231-881-0735 FINANCE 3 YEAR MARY LIZ (M.L.) HYNES 4163 Cinnamon Run New Bern, NC 28562 Phone: 252-240-9672 FINANCE 4 YEAR TERI SHATTUCK (Bill) P.O. Box 84, Mio, MI 48647 Phone: 989-390-4956 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL VANESSA DUETT (Benny) 4807 13th St. Meridian, MS 39307 Phone: 601-483-5153 COMMUNITY SERVICES JOSEPHINE MAYS 1408 Greenwood Ave. Austin, TX 78721 Phone: 512-928-9238 HISTORIAN EVELYN MORRISON P.O. Box 441, Morven, GA 31638 Phone: 404-429-0326 MUSICIAN ARDIS KEIZER (Herman) 6875 Dale Hollow Dr. SE, Catedonia, MI 49316 Phone: 616-656-5956 PUBLIC RELATIONS BARB CHERONE (Rick) Phone: 262-424-4379 VAVS REPRESENTATIVE MOLLY WARE 3314 Hills Rd. Augusta, GA 30906 Phone: 706-294-2823 VAVS DEPUTY MARY JONES 816 Grace Ave. Hattiesburg, MS 39401 Phone: 601-545-8109 VIOLA CHAIR LISA JANISSE P.O. Box 490 Indian River, MI 49749 Phone: 231-437-4909


March/April 201840PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service National Jr. Vice Presidents Note by Cheryl PerezI have often heard of cers say they didnt think they were ready to hold an of ce, but once they did, they wished they had done so sooner. The Auxiliary has a strong set of shared values and common goals, consistent from national to units, that enable us to work together and support each other as we accomplish our mission of helping veterans and their families. Being part of the leadership team of the Auxiliary, at any level, gives us the opportunity to be more directly involved with accomplishing that mission. If you consider that being an of cer is the highest form of service, and that of cers seek to serve rst, that they motivate, encourage and set purpose in their leadership teams, I think most of our members are already leaders! We joined the Auxiliary to support our Purple Heart recipient, and we quickly saw how much more the Auxiliary is and what it brings to the community through our programs and events, always in service to our veterans. Please consider becoming more involved with your Auxiliary, in whatever way you can. If you would like more information about becoming part of a leadership team, please speak with any of the current of cers. The list of elected and appointed of- cers along with the positions responsibilities can be found in the MOPHA constitution and bylaws on the website ( The Auxiliary, at every level, needs your input and ideas to make a difference and impact in our veterans and their families lives! I TS THE TIME OF THE YEAR when we will elect unit and department of cers. The thought of a being an elected or appointed of cer may be overwhelming sometimes, but the bene ts from volunteering for a leadership position in the Auxiliary far outweigh anything else. Writing an agenda, giving a few reports or balancing a bank statement is nothing compared to the friendships, fun and sense of community we gain from participating in our Auxiliary. Consider Becoming an Auxiliary Of cer Auxiliary CHANGES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Please send ADDRESS changes, DEATH of a Member & SUBSCRIPTIONS to: MOPH: MOPH National Headquarters 5413-B Backlick Road, Spring eld, VA 22151 Voice (703) 642-5360 Fax (703) 642-1841 MOPHA (Address & death changes) : Tara Waugh 190 E. Olmstead Dr. C-12, Titusville, FL 32780


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE41 I T IS SAID, When one is a good teacher, a whole new world opens up for the student! I would like to say, When one is a good chaplain, a whole new world opens up for those he impacts! And so it was with Chaplain Herm Keizer. I feel blessed to have been gifted with the opportunity to work with Chaplain Herm. And I would be remiss if I didnt say how fortunate I am to have worked for several years with Chaplain Stan Beach and for a brief time with Chaplain Certain. To say our Patriots have been truly honored to have these strong men of faith to provide the spiritual guidance to chart their course would be an understatement. Chaplain Herms sometimes heart-rending and always memorable prayers were an inspiration and a consolation to everyone. His bimonthly columns in the national magazine were insightful, informative and always encouraging. His closing line in his nal column was, May God bless you in remembering a past that forti es your living this new year. And with those words of blessing, I know he will always be remembered. Just as I opened with some words of hope, I close with 16th century poet John Donnes words. No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. Each mans death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. Therefore, ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. Peace and every blessing, this year and always. Auxiliary National Chaplain For Whom the Bell Tolls by Dar Schuff MOPHA In Memoriam Reported Dec. 1, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018 * As reported to the MOPHA National Chaplain, per Bylaws Article VIII, Section 6 requirements Name DEPT Unit Deceased Name DEPT Unit DeceasedTwilla HETRICK, Macksburg, OH 743 30 November 2017 Dorothy NEWMAN, Wisconsin Rapids WI 164 26 October 2017 Agnes ROUS, Nekoosa, WI 162 11 June 2017 Freida SHEAR, Clarksville TN 1803 8 December 2017 Patricia SMITH, Salesville OH 625 19 January 2018 He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8


March/April 201842PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service Region IV Presidents Note by Amanda FlenerIn your communities you have the biggest impact. Unit projects and activities not only help you give back but help spread awareness of our organization in your area. Most people enjoy giving back, helping, volunteering. I love seeing how our unit and department projects make a difference in the lives of our members, veterans and communities. When you are engaging in projects and activities, reach out to your members and let them know what is going on. Many may want to assist if they havent been participating. Provide updates and photos or press releases to your paper, social media or a community bulletin board to announce your event with a yer. There may be potential members nearby who would love an opportunity to serve and give back. Open that line of communication to your members or reach out to the spouses, children or eligible family members of your current members who may like to join your efforts in our Auxiliary. Thanks for allowing me to serve you again this year and please reach out if I can assist in any way regarding activities, communicating with your members, social media or other questions you have. F ROM PARADE FLOATS in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to feeding active duty families at Christmas by serving dinner to the deployed at Moody Air Force Base or preparing hundreds of baskets to families at Dobbins Air Force Base, our members continue to reach out into their communities and serve veterans. Some host teas for Gold Star Families while others volunteer at the USO or visit the nursing homes, taking presents to veterans at Christmas. North Carolina Ladies made hats and gloves for schoolchildren. Members in Mississippi and Florida volunteered to assist with Wreaths Across America.Volunteering Spreads Awareness in Your Community Auxiliary The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor NY is the only facility in the nation dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of our nations service men and women who have been killed or wounded by enemy action while serving in the United States military. We rely on family, friends and Purple Heart recipients to share their stories with us. We need your help to build the Roll of Honor database containing these stories. To learn more about the Hall of Honor, sharing your story and free enrollment please visit our website at: or call the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor at 845.561.1765. The Hall of Honor is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission which administers 27 parks, parkways and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation in NY. ARE YOU ENROLLED ON THE ROLL OF HONOR at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor?


March/April 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE43 REGION IV EVENTS REGION IV EVENTS CHAPTER AND UNIT 1000 members took a break with Santa after serving dinner to families of deployed troops at Moody Air Force Base. UNIT 596 (SAVANNAH, GA) gives out Christmas goodies to nursing home veterans. UNIT 776 MEMBERS and their Patriots (above) lay wreaths for Wreaths Across America as well as members from the Department of Mississippi (below).Wreaths Across AmericaTWO HUNDRED HOLIDAY MEAL baskets provided to junior enlisted service members at Dobbins AFRB, Ga., by Chapter 576, Alpharetta, Ga. ZINA STEINSIEK and Joyce Copeland standing by picnic table donated by Unit 566 member National President Gloria Sanchez. This is one of six tables that have been donated by MOPHA Unit 566 and MOPH Chapter 566 in Pensacola, Fla., to the University of West Florida, a Purple Heart University Military Resource Center. Over 1,000 students per week use the picnic tables in between classes.


March/April 201844PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE AK-30675-AK-3Paul L NewcomerARW2Life Member AL-42201-AL-4Jesse StewartARVNLife Member AL-42202-AL-4Myron H MurleyARW2Life Member AL-42206-AL-4Andrew J CooperARW2Life Member AL-42206-AL-4Frederick I SteinerARVNLife Member AL-42206-AL-4Roy E PopeARKRLife Member AL-42209-AL-4Bernd D JobstARVNLife Member AL-42210-AL-4Maurice W CampbellMCW2Life Member AL-42211-AL-4Gerald ThompsonARVNLife Member AL-42212-AL-4James A CooperARKRLife Member AR-50431-AR-5Martin O CowleyMCKRLife Member AR-50431-AR-5Ralph S FareseARVNLife Member AR-50431-AR-5Robert G SmithARW2Life Member AR-50431-AR-5Samuel H JohnsonARW2Life Member AR-50460-AR-5Russ S TaylorARVNLife Member AR-50587-AR-5Arvel L Acoach, JrARVNLife Member AR-50587-AR-5Billy Ray LedbetterARVNLife Member AR-50708-AR-5Jimmie SessumsMCVNLife Member AZ-60442-AZ-6Harry R EricksonAFW2Life Member AZ-60442-AZ-6Richard D VogtARVNLife Member AZ-60472-AZ-6Benjamin A ChaconARIFLife Member AZ-60472-AZ-6James C Bratton, 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