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MAGAZINE Purple Heart May/June 2018


Purple Heart MagazineISSN: 0279-0653 May/June 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, May/June 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 6 National Sr. Vice Commanders Brie ng 7 National Chaplains Brie ng 8 Region V Commanders Brie ng 9 Region V Events 10 National Service Program News 12 Candidacy Announcements 16 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run 17 Mail Call 18 2018 Convention Information 22 National Commander Testi es at Joint Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing 26 MOPH Salutes the National Service Of cers Dedication to Veterans 28 News & Gatherings 36 MOPHA National Presidents Note 38 MOPHA National Sr. Vice Presidents Note 39 MOPHA National Chaplains Note 40 MOPHA Region V Presidents Note 41 MOPHA Region V Events and MOPHA In Memoriam 42 MOPHA Candidacy Announcements 44 Taps Purple Heart 18 28 26 May/June 2018 Vol. LXXXIII, Number 3TABLE OF CONTENTS May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE3 22 Cover photograph courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol 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 41


May/June 20184PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE This year marked the third time that I had the opportunity to attend the annual National Service Ofcer (NSO) training. I was joined by Junior Vice Commander Felix Garcia, who was attending for his rst time. Led by National Service Director Angelo Wider, the training was superb and, in my opinion, better than any I previously attended. There were 108 NSOs from 75 ofces, spanning the nation from Puerto Rico to Guam, attending the training. MOPH is extremely fortunate to have such a remarkable cadre of dedicated professionals, each of whom is committed to our MOPH Service Program and the veterans they serve. During scal year 2017, our NSOs submitted over 12,000 VA claims, led 629 Notices of Disagreements, processed 286 appeals, appeared at 77 hearings and made over 2,000 outreach visits to veterans centers, hospitals and MOPH chapters, which resulted in over $213 million in VA benets for deserving veterans and their dependents. I can, without hesitation, say that our NSOs are second to none. In fact, most VA medical centers not only recognize the dedication and professionalism of our MOPH NSOs, but recommend them over other Service Ofcers. I especially want to commend National Service Director Angelo Wider and his assistant, Adale Tourtellott, for presenting an excellent training program. His outstanding leadership style, innovative approach to personnel management and remapping the structure of the service program have led directly to better utilization of our limited resources and given a breath of fresh air to the MOPH National Service Program, making it even more visible and productive. In advance of my congressional testimony, the leadership team had the opportunity to meet individually with Representative Phil Roe (R-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and with Representative Tim Walz (D-MN), the Committees Ranking Member, for frank and productive discussions about the MOPHs legislative priorities. At the conclusion of the meetings, we honored Representative Roe with the 2018 MOPH Outstanding Leadership Award for his years of dedicated service to veterans. We also honored Kelsey Baron, a staff member on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, with the Exemplary Service Award. My congressional testimony to the House and Senate Joint Veterans Affairs Committee went very well, thanks to our National Legislative Director, Aleks MoI T IS TRULY AN UNDERSTATEMENT when I tell you that the past two months have been extremely hectic for your leadership team. Among the accomplishments were: the successful launch of the new Purple Heart Legacy Program; participation in meetings of the Purple Heart Foundation to develop new sources of funding for MOPH; continued assistance to Patriots affected by natural disasters; the conduct of the annual National Service Ofcers re-certication training in Orlando; the presentation of MOPHs legislative agenda to the U.S. Congress; one-on-one meetings with both the majority and minority leaders of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs; and a visit to the National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Advocating for Veterans by Neil Van Ess National Commanders Brieng


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE5 rosky, who coordinated all of the scheduling and arrangements. I consider this annual appearance to be one of the most important responsibilities of the National Commander, as advocating for all veterans is a key element of our organizations mission. For a summary of my testimony, please see page 23 of this issue and to view the full text of my testimony, you can read and download a copy of what was submitted to Congress on the MOPH HQ website. During my testimony, MOPH was the only Service Organization to be singled out and recognized by both Representatives Roe and Walz. As I raised the issue of Concurrent Receipts and SBP/DIC offsets, or Widows Tax, in my testimony, a group of over 30 Gold Star Widows in the audience loudly cheered. After everyones testimony, the Gold Star Widows surrounded the MOPH leadership team and thanked us for being the only Veterans Service Organization to raise this important issue as a legislative priority. From Capitol Hill, we traveled to the Department of Veterans Affairs for a one-on-one meeting with former Secretary David Shulkin. Once again, we had the opportunity to discuss MOPHs legislative priorities and our concerns for VA support to all veterans. In our meetings on both Capitol Hill and at the VA, MOPHs Legislative Director, Aleks Morosky, was singled out and praised for his professional representation of MOPH and the interests of all veterans. Both Representatives Roe and Walz noted that, Aleks is always prepared and very accessible; as a representative on Capitol Hill, he is a rare nd, and MOPH is very lucky to have him. The next day, I traveled to the National Military Medical Center, better known as Walter Reed Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., thanks to a visit coordinated by National Public Relations Director John Bircher, who also accompanied me. We were graciously and warmly greeted by staff members who gave us a tour of the facility, followed by a stop to meet and talk with SSG Charles Edwards, a USAF Air Policeman and a Purple Heart recipient. We also had the opportunity to meet and talk with his mother and brother, who is also an active duty Marine. As both a fellow cop and Purple Heart brother, it was appropriate to give Charles my challenge coin and sign him up as a new member of MOPH. Just as we were leaving, Patriot Bircher showed me the hospitals Purple Heart Alcove on the ground oor near the entrance, created several years ago when PNC Clayton Jones was in ofce. While admiring the beautiful display, I was approached by SGM Jan Sullivan, a 29-year veteran and now a civilian employee, who excitedly told us that she has just received authorization to completely re-do our Purple Heart corner and move the display to an even more prominent location. On March 17 we received a desperate plea for help from a Patriot in Puerto Rico whose home has been without electricity for six months. Both he and his wife have medical conditions that require access to electricity. Having already been through three generators, he feared that he or his wife would not survive their present conditions and he decided to purchase a home in another part of the island that had both electricity and fresh running water. Unfortunately, the cost of the house exceeded the authorized amount of the VA loan, so the veteran was unable to close on the home. Following approval in an emergency meeting of the Disaster Relief Committee, the Order was able to wire sufcient funds directly to his bank to allow the Patriot to close on his home. With tears in his voice, he called the next day to thank the leadership team, but was told that the thanks really belonged to the Orders membership; his fellow brothers and sisters of Purple who selessly made generous donations for disaster relief. Thank you to all Patriots and your families. Finally, I again want to thank the membership for your enthusiastic support of the new Purple Heart Legacy program. Created to help offset nancial shortfalls in the operational needs of the Order. For those of you that have not yet joined, can I count on you to join your brothers and sisters today? Your monthly contribution of $19.32 can help ensure the longevity and legacy of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. It seems impossible to believe that it has been 50 years since Vietnam. To all combat brothers and sisters, welcome home!


May/June 20186PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE that all good ideas do not start with us. We are open to hearing all points of view and all reasonable suggestions. It is said that in combat the plan goes out the window the moment the rst shot is red. This is true in our organization also, as the situation stays uid, and what seems good today may be obsolete tomorrow. That is why we remain exible and through excellent communications can react quickly to new challenges. Leaders are not born, they are developed. The development process is the result of experiences and mentorship. One can prepare many years for a leadership position, but once the position is assumed, the learning process starts all over again. Nothing prepares for leadership like leading. The various opportunities presented for learning how to lead are all over the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The more positions that one has the opportunity to ll, the broader and greater the leadership experience. Just as in our shared experiences in the military, you start as a private before you become a sergeant, and a sergeant before you become a sergeant major. A second lieutenant fumbles around before they ever become a captain or a general. This process develops leadership and before anyone can become a real leader, they must rst learn how to follow. Although many would like to start at the top, experience tells us this is fraught with disaster. We are in the middle of a sea change. Our older members are mentoring and training our newest members. This requires helping our newest members nd the positions that they need to gain the experience to succeed. Not all will do well, but it is up to the older generation to help them nd their niche and to turn over authority to let them nd their way. Blaming the past for mistakes that hamper the present is a waste of time. True leaders take what is given and move forward, planning and executing and adapting. Status quo is not an option and certainly is not the current situation. A WISE PERSON ONCE SAID, If you dont know where you are going, any road will get you there. Smart leaders will formulate a strategic plan to focus themselves and their staff so that everyone knows the direction of travel and the means to get there. This is certainly true of the current leadership of the Order. Not only are we focused on the current scal problems of the Order, we are making course corrections and nding new sources of revenue and weeding out wasteful spending anywhere we see it. Some of these measures are temporary, and some will become permanent. In all cases, the ideas are coming from many sources as we subscribe to the dictumKnowing Where We Are Going by Douglas Middleton National Sr. Vice Commanders Brieng as of February 14, 2018 Charter Date Region Chapter Dept Chapter Name Organizer 2/14/2018 4 GA-4 0834-GA-4 Rodney Maxwell Davis USMC Macon Ruben Jordan, Jr. City


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE7 M EMORIAL DAY WAS OFFICIALLY proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was rst observed on May 30, 1868, when owers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The rst state to of cially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. It is now celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is the men and women of our armed and uniformed forces who have made and kept us and our allies free through the years and worked to restore the nations we have vanquished. It is they who have placed themselves between wars desolation and their families at home. It is they who have shed their blood that others may live free. And it is to them that we owe a debt of gratitude for the past and a debt of commitment to the future. They paid the sacri ce, and many times the ultimate sacri ce, for the liberties we now enjoy. We can best honor the fallen by committing ourselves to ensure that this great nation will be a land where all people share the bene ts of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. As free American citizens who have fought and returned from battle, we strive to live more meaningful liveslives devoted to serving God, each other and this great nation; lives of nobility, integrity and honesty; courage, duty and respect. On May 28, 2018, wreaths will be placed on the graves of fallen warriors in cemeteries across this land; parades will ll the streets of towns and cities; ceremonies and speeches will be observed and heard. And faithful people will turn aside from the holiday to observe a holy day of prayer for those who have given their lives in the service of this nation and the cause of freedom. Wherever you are, keep a moment of remembrance for our fallen comrades. National Chaplains Brie ng by Robert Certain Honor the Fallen 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?


May/June 20188PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE In Region V, two of our states, Texas and Louisiana, were impacted by the recent hurricanes. Some members lost everything they had and some members had heavy damage to their homes. It was during this time that our National Jr. Vice Commander, Felix Garcia, and I crisscrossed Texas and covered over a thousand miles in just a few short days, visiting members from Victoria to Sugarland. We were in awe of the devastation that the hurricanes had done and left behind. We visited some of our members and passed out cases of water and supplies. We passed this info along with photos to our national leadership. This led to the outpouring of donations from throughout the MOPH. Felix also had heavy damage to his home from the floodwaters that the hurricanes produced. All the members within Region V, especially in Texas and Louisiana, want to thank the members throughout the MOPH that helped us in the time of need. Also, a special shout-out to my buddies from the 11th Brigade Recon, 23rd Inf Div., that I served with in Vietnam from 1970-1971, who sent donations to our members in Region V. S INCE OUR LAST NATIONAL CONVENTION in Dallas, Tex., the MOPH has seen devastation from res, hurricanes and noreaster storms, which has had a heavy impact on our members throughout the United States. During these natural disasters, members throughout the MOPH have stepped up and given monies and other types of support to the members who have been impacted by these disasters. It was great during these times that the national leadership, region commanders, department commanders, chapter commanders and individual members throughout the MOPH have donated monies and supplies to those in need in the MOPH. Many Thanks From Region V And Its Members by Francisco Paco Elizalde Region V Commanders Brieng as of April 9, 2018 Neil Van Ess0366-NJ-153 John A Lunkwicz1513-TX-525 Ryan M Sabinish7110-MN-220 Joseph S Schaler0159-IL-217 Brian W Willette0875-MA-17 Tom Cunnin g ham0148-OH-26 Thomas Y Tanaka0483-HI-66 NSO Nickolas Easterlin g MI4 NSO Jose p h LaRoccaPA3 NSO Kevin OttOH3 NSO Dave SrockMN3 NSO Seth JanisseMI2 NSO Paul KaiserMI2 NSO Charles RoblesCA2 NSO Tro y West p halMN2 Member Chapter No Recruited National Service Ofcer State No Recruited


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE9 REGION V EVENTS REGION V EVENTS CHAPTER 1513, a Texas chapter from DFW Mid-Cities, worked to get the American Legion Post 597 of Carrollton, Tex., to become a Purple Heart Post on March 12. CHAPTER 375, Aurora, Colo., has two brothers who are Purple Heart recipients. They are Region V Commander Francisco Paco Elizalde Jr. (left) and Chapter 375 Jr. Vice Commander Javier Eli Elizalde (right). Paco is a Vietnam War veteran and Eli is a Afghanistan/ Iraq war veteran. The brothers were at the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora. Its a memorial that honors those military service members who have given the ultimate sacrice for our country since Colorado became a state. Its located near Buckley AFB in Aurora. The memorial is a site to remember the heroes of Colorado. CONGRATULATIONS TO PATRIOT Ray Poynter, Chapter 460, for his receipt of a Quilt of Valor presented by the Ladies Prime Time Bible Study, Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas. The quilt was designed and completed in 2017 and autographed by Phyllis Davis, Primary Quilter. All Ladies in the group made contributions. The March 5 presentation was made by Joyce Roberts, Prime Time Ladies, in recognition of Patriot Poynters service to our great nation and his signicant contributions to Veterans Service Organizations, community civic groups and the local area schools. Quilt of Valor Mrs. Joyce Roberts, Prime Time Ladies and Patriot Ray Poynter, Chapter 460.ON JULY 17, 2017, Waco, Tex., TV station KWTX-TV was designated a Purple Heart TV Station. Senator Brian Birdwell, Dept. of Texas Cdr Earl Williams and Region V Chief of Staff John Footman unveil the Purple Heart monument. Patriot John Footman was the initiator of this event. KWTX-TV is an afliate of CBS, in Waco.


May/June 201810PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE (SPRINGFIELD, VA, APRIL 21, 2018) The Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc. (MOPH) regrets to announce that, effective June 30, 2018, it will no longer be able to provide assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to Veterans and their families through the MOPH National Service Program. Effective on that date, all ofces of the MOPH Service Program will be closed and all Veterans claims now being administered by MOPH National Service Ofcers will be transferred to accredited Service Ofcers of other Veteran Service Organizations or to State or County Service ofcers, as appropriate. No Veterans claims will be stopped or harmed in any way by this action. Closure of the MOPH National Service Program has been made necessary by failure of the Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Organization, to be able to raise sufcient funds to sustain operation of the Service Program and a number of other programs of the Order. The Purple Heart Foundation notied the Commander of the Military Order of Purple Heart that no funds would be provided in the next scal year for operation of the MOPH Service Program. Faced with a dramatic reduction of 50% of the prior years operating budget, already well below earlier years, the MOPH has been left with no choice other than to dramatically reduce expenditures for its outreach programs. This announcement in no way affects continuation of the MOPH as a patriotic and fraternal organization, composed solely of our Nations combat wounded Veterans. MOPH wants to assure the public that service to Veterans remains our number one priority. Every possible action is being taken to streamline operating costs, while at the same time restructuring our fundraising efforts to reach out to new and existing sponsors and supporters for their assistance in continuing the Orders support of Veterans and their families. With grants from the Purple Heart Foundation, the MOPH and its Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of Americas military history. Until now, through its National Service Program, the MOPH has provided comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Continuing programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, JROTC Leadership Awards, Scholarships, Suicide Awareness, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families. AT A PURPLE HEART FOUNDATION Executive Board teleconference meeting on April 17th, 2018, National Commander Neil Van Ess, along with Senior Vice Commander Doug Middleton, Junior Vice Commander Felix Garcia, National Adjutant Jack Leonard, and Angelo Wider who were listening in, were directly informed by the Foundation that the 2018-2019 budget will be cut by 50%. We were told the Purple Heart Foundation would not fund the Service Program for the next two years. Only the MOPH Headquarters would be funded and I would have to suspend the Service Program for 2 years. The Foundation has failed us. The Military Order of the Purple Hearts headquarters and service program has been drastically cut since 2011. In last 8 years, the budget has been cut from eleven (11) plus million dollars down to three (3) plus million dollars for FY 2018/2019. Not funding the MOPH Service Program is unacceptable to membership of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Your National Commander and leadership team (Senior Vice Commander, Doug Middleton, and Junior Vice Commander Felix Garcia) are unied as one. We are taking all appropriate actions for survival of the Order (and Service Program). We will not fail. The Military Order of Purple Heart WILL SURVIVE Godspeed all brothers/sisters in purple. DEAR FELLOW PATRIOTS IN PURPLE, Neil Van Ess, National Commander Doug Middleton, Senior Vice Commander Felix Garcia, Junior Vice Commander Military Order of the Purple Heart Announces Suspension of its National Service Program


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART OF THE U.S.A NATIONAL OFFICERS 2017-2018 NATIONAL COMMANDERNEIL VAN ESS CELL: (973) 930-3079 nvehunter@aol.comNATIONAL SENIOR VICE COMMANDERDOUGLAS DOUG MIDDLETON CELL: (404) 664-2559 dougmiddleton@att.netNATIONAL JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER FELIX GARCIA III CELL: (386) 793-8065 sgtg31@yahoo.comCOMMANDER REGION IZachariah L Fike Cell: (315) 523-3609 purpleheartsreunited@gmail.comCOMMANDER REGION IIRICK CHERONE CELL: (262) 786-9663 hit67dt@yahoo.comCOMMANDER REGION IIIBARRY GASDEK CELL: (307) 399-0545 barry.gasdek@gmail.comCOMMANDER REGION IVLEE R. BROWN III CELL: (904) 999-7701 jaxmoph@gmail.comCOMMANDER REGION VFRANCISCO PACO ELIZALDE PH: (303) 748-3888 regionvcmdr@gmail.comCOMMANDER REGION VIWILLIAM BILLY WELDON CELL: (928) 301-8698 baseballbillpaul@npgcable.comNATIONAL ADJUTANTJACK LEONARD 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK: (703) 642-5360 X: 119 FAX: (703) 642-1841 adjutant@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTORANGELO WIDER 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK (703) 642-5360 X: 103 FAX: (703) 642-1841 servicedirector@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORALEKS MOROSKY 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK (703) 642-5360 X: 117 FAX: (703) 642-1841 aleksmorosky@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL FINANCE OFFICERANTHONY KOHL CELL: (513) 706-1390 HOME: (513) 385-3613 anthonykohl@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRDENNIS WALLOT CELL: (734) 545-0934 WORK: (734)-595-6040 wallotd@aol.comNATIONAL JUDGE ADVOCATEMAUREEN WOOD 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK: (703) 642-5360 FAX: (703) 642-1841 MaureenWood@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL INSPECTOREVERETT L. KELLY CELL: (417) 766-5419 mopurpleheart@yahoo.comNATIONAL SERGEANT-ATARMSKEN SWORDS CELL: (404) 374-8971 kenusmc1@yahoo.comNATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTORJOHN E. BIRCHER III HOME: (352) 753-5535 publicrelations@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL VETERANS ADVOCACY GROUP REPRESENTATIVEWENDY BUCKINGHAM CELL: (267) 403-0621 wendysuebuckingham@gmail.comNATIONAL SURGEONRICHARD B. SMALL CELL: (702) 513-0215 HOME: (702) 233-4410 Richardandshirley@netzero.netNATIONAL CHAPLAINROBERT G. CERTAIN CELL: (770) 639-3313 eagle@unchainedeagle.comNATIONAL POW/MIA COORDINATORROBERT G. CERTAIN CELL: (770) 639-3313 eagle@unchainedeagle.comNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIRWENDY BUCKINGHAM CELL: (267) 403-0621 scholarshipchair@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL AMERICANISM OFFICERWILLIAM J. ROUSH CELL: (269) 804-9126 HOME: (269) 945-2605 PURPLE HEART LEGACY & TRAIL COORDINATORMATT BRIDGES Cell: (229) 569-0915 NATIONAL VAVS DIRECTORDEL BULLDOG TURNER HOME: (256) 837-3474 FAX: (256) 837-3474 so he can hook it up) dplusk@aol.comNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRNICK MCINTOSH CELL: (502) 494-0256 nnnrmc@icloud.comDIRECTOR MOPH MEDAL RECOVERY PROGRAM ZACHARIAH L FIKE CELL: (315) 523-3609 purpleheartsreunited@gmail.comNATIONAL ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMSGARY A. WITT CELL: (434) 258-1808 gary.witt@verizon.netNATIONAL SUICIDE AWARENESS PROGRAM OFFICERJOHN FLENER CELL: (229) 425-8770 NATIONAL ROTC OFFICERROGER NEWALL CELL: (505) 610-1533 roger_newall@msn.comNATIONAL BYLAWS COMMITTEE CHAIRDOUGLAS DOUG MIDDLETON CELL: (404) 664-2559 bylawcommittee@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL WELFARE / HOMELESS VETERANS OFFICERJAMES G. HOLLAND III CELL: (850) 545-9576 Jholl44122@aol.comNATIONAL VIOLA CHAIRMAN ROBERT BOB CONNOR CELL: (612) 369-6491 WORK: (651) 227-4456 FAX: (651) 290-0624 bconnor@mtn.orgNATIONAL HISTORIANJOHN E. BIRCHER III HOME: (352) 753-5535 publicrelations@purpleheart.orgMAILING ADDRESS:MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 PH: 703-642-5360 FAX: 703-642-1841 TOLLFREE: 888-668-1656 WEBSITE: www.purpleheart.orgNEWS, PHOTOS & ARTICLES:EDITOR PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE RAELYNN MCAFEE TO: MagazineEditor@purpleheart.orgMAGAZINE COMMENTS:TO: nnnrmc@icloud.comMEMBER NOTIFICATIONS (Address changes, obituaries, subscriptions)TO:


May/June 201812PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Candidacy Announcements DOUGLAS MIDDLETONCANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL COMMANDER M Y NAME IS Doug Middleton, and I am a candidate for National Commander. I currently serve as your Senior Vice Commander. Here is my background. I was drafted into the U.S. Army. I spent 17 months as an enlisted soldier, achieving the rank of PFC. I graduated from OCS and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Artillery. I spent the remainder of just over 30 years on active duty and retired as a Colonel, O6. After retiring, I served as the COO of the Metro Atlanta Red Cross for 10 years, running the day-today operations of the chapter, fundraising and recruiting volunteers. I was then hired as the CEO of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, where I had similar duties of overseeing our programs, fundraising and public awareness. I have had 14 years of daily fund and friend-raising activities. I joined MOPH in 1995, and I have been a Chapter Commander and Department Commander. I was elected to the National Publications Committee and later elected as the Region IV Commander. I was elected as the National Junior Vice Commander in a special election and last year as your Senior Vice Commander. As your National Commander, I will continue to emphasize the importance of our chapters. I intend to introduce a new Chapter of Excellence program. I believe we can reinvigorate those chapters that need some help and call on the expertise of those chapters that are doing well. I will continue our top to bottom communications strategy of regional conference calls. We will continue to put members and veterans rst through our service ofcer programs and our legislative agenda. The website will improve. We will continue to use and leverage social media as a means of recruiting new members and engaging our current members. I will not make pie in the sky promises of raising tons of money when I know that is unrealistic, but I can promise I will work my tail off for you and I will work tirelessly to keep the Foundation solvent and on track to reach its goals. Please vote for Doug Middleton for National Commander. DOUG GREENLAWCANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL COMMANDER P ATRIOTS, MY NAME IS Douglas J. Greenlaw (Doug) and I am a candidate for National Commander of the MOPH. This may be the most important election ever. The Orders nancial needs are in jeopardy as we have never seen before in our history. I am asking you for your support during our national convention this summer. While revenues continue to erode, expenses have grown considerably. Our foundations net asset value has deteriorated to the point that operating expenses cannot be covered. We are losing money every year with inadequate funding on the horizon. I served as a US Army 1st Lieutenant Infantry Platoon Leader, receiving a Brigade level promotion to Company Commander, a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, in Vietnam, with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, 1967-1968. I have a Bachelors degree/Indiana University and a Ph.D./Lindenwood University/St. Louis. The differences between myself and the other candidate could not be more clearly dened. I will be a change agent vs. status quo. I will vow to rein in expenses and covet the important national programs that help our fellow veterans and our local chapters. I am a highly experienced/successful fundraiser. My strategy will be to initially raise corporate funding, lling the short-term nancial gaps while simultaneously building a celebrity-driven national fundraising drive, sustaining the Order into the future. I have superior contacts and tactics supporting this strategy. I am uniquely qualied to accomplish this difcult mission. I have run three public companies, led two IPOs, dramatically increasing the value of those corporations. I held top positions as President of Sales and Promotional Marketing at the MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and TV Land), CEO of Multimedia, Inc., (a large national media corporation, 5000 employees, advisor-Goldman Sachs), and CEO of CBSs successful website, Switchboard, Inc. I am currently a member of the Board of Directors of Alcentra Capital Corporation, Advised by Alcentra/The Bank of New York/Mellon and CEO of Greenlaw Investments, Inc. I maintain top business and MOPH endorsements.


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE13 Candidacy Announcements FELIX GARCIACANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL SR. VICE COMMANDER P ATRIOTS, I ASK each one of you to reect on the following: wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces. We all earned the Purple Heart as a result. It is time for us to return to the basics of mutual respect in the ranks. This past year, I have learned from each one of you, even from the negativity that has plagued our organization. In my rst year, I have focused on the budget, particularly MOPH, but versed of the foundations. If you honor me with a second year, I will continue with an emphasis on outreach and more importantly respect within the ranks. We all served in the Profession of Arms and we have the capability and ability to act with reverence in our Order. Instead of discontent, we need to capitalize on the talent within the ranks. Secondly, we need to forge long-term bonds with both the public and private sectors. Our name and logo should be in every major airport, back of our vehicles, learned in schools, discussed on local broadcast, etc. I will need your assistance and support to re-brand our beloved Order and honor the estimated 1.8 million Purple Hearts awarded. I have been a member since 2005 and have risen through the ranks. I respectfully ask for your support as National Senior Vice Commander. RICK CHERONECANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL JR. VICE COMMANDER A S MANY OF YOU know, this is not my rst attempt to seek election as National Junior Vice Commander. As many of you dont know, Im passionate in what I do and never tread lightly in my enthusiasm or initiative to move forward for the good of the Order. I dont believe leadership is born but I do believe it can be achieved with ambition and determination. Most of all, I know that no one is a one-man teamnot in the military and certainly not in this organization. Ive served at various levels at chapter, department, and national. As Region 2 Commander for three years, 20112013 and 2017-present, I understand that success begins with chapters and chapters are the heart of the MOPH. As an active volunteer in Wisconsin, Ive initiated veteran programs and attended events such as Camp Hometown Heroes (supporting the children of our fallen). I believe volunteer work is vital to gain knowledge on what we do and what can be realized as an organization. It also brings visibility to the organization and serves to mentor our younger veterans, who will soon be leading the Order. My education includes two Bachelors degrees, one in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Psychology and one in Computer Science (analyst). I understand the requisite teamwork to get projects developed and completed. My eligibility in this organization is based on two Purple Hearts. I also have a Bronze star, a ACM with a V, a Combat Medics Badge, and Air Borne Jump Wings which entitled me proud membership of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. I believe that experience, commitment and an eagerness to serve are foremost when running for any position. For these reasons I ask for your vote as National Junior Vice Commander and enthusiastically look forward to serving.


May/June 201814PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE WILL THOMPSONCANDIDATE FOR REGION II COMMANDER D EAR FELLOW PATRIOTS, my name is Will Thompson. I am the current Department of Ohio Commander and Chief of Staff for current Region II Commander Rick Cherone. I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for Region II Commander. As Region II Commander, I would endow the ofce the utmost respect and serve Region II with great honor and pride. I would deliver the same commitment to the position as I have in my previous positions including the inception of and commanding of Chapter 1612 and commanding the Dept. of Ohio. I passionately advocate for veterans rights, benets and legislation in both my personal and professional life. My career as a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) allows me the great opportunity to serve fellow veterans, help them overcome their barriers, and help them re-enter the workforce. Studious with due diligence, eager to work, great interpersonal skills and driven to serve, I will utilize my skill set while serving as Region Commander. I. Will. Advocate. Please contact me at or through LinkedIn ( wdthompson1/) with any questions. May we all serve the Order, our veterans and our communities. Candidacy Announcements FRANCISCO PACO ELIZALDE JR CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL JR. VICE COMMANDER M EMBERS OF the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the United States of America I am announcing my candidacy for the ofce of National Jr. Vice Commander. Currently Im the Region V Commander, Francisco Paco Elizalde Jr., and have held various positions from Region V Cdr, Region V Chief of Staff for three years, Dept Cdr of Colorado and Chapter Cdr and others various positions. I joined the MOPH on June 29, 2007. I have seen our Order go through bad times as well as good times. Recently, our Order has gone through some devastating times due to Mother Natures wrath, but, as a team we have pulled together and helped our members in need. Im a kind of boots on the ground type of leader, as some of you know by now. Im not going to make any promises to the Order that I cant keep. However, I will say that our current leadership is steering in the right direction and I would like to be part of the continuing momentum of this Order. Im all about whats in it for the best of the Order, nothing less. I will utilize the expertise of members, committee members, Region Commanders, Staff members and the two Commanders above me, along with others that Im surrounded with, to make intelligent decisions that are for the best of the Order, and continue with the transparency that we have now. With all said above, Im asking for your support for my candidacy for National Jr Vice Commander.


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE15 Candidacy Announcements LENNY LAZZARACANDIDATE FOR REGION IV COMMANDER I SERVED IN THE USMC for three years, serving in Vietnam with the 1st Recon Bn. 1968-1969. I received my Purple Heart in Feb. 1968. I was discharged as a Sergeant in 1969 and spent 30 years with the New York Telephone Co. For 20 of those years I was a union shop steward and represented my fellow union members in contract dealings with management. After retiring from Verizon, I worked as an electrician for 15 years. I moved to North Carolina in 2002 and joined the MOPH in 2007. I served as Chapter Commander for Chapter 639 for three years and have served as North Carolina State Commander for two years. Under my leadership, North Carolina has grown in membership. During this period Chapter 639 worked diligently with other North Carolina chapters to secure over 230 Proclamations, of which 100 Proclamations were for every county in the State of North Carolina, making North Carolina the rst complete Purple Heart State in the nation. This was done through communication and dedication. I worked as the coordinator working with other chapters and county ofcers to make this achievement possible. Communication is the fuel that moves an organization forward. I would now like to be Region IV Commander and feel that my communication, organization and negotiation skills will serve the Order well. I welcome the opportunity to lead Region IV as Commander and humbly ask for your vote. CHARLES W. ADKINS, JR. (CHUCK)CANDIDATE FOR REGION V COMMANDER I AM PLEASED TO announce my candidacy for Commander, Region V. My background includes both military and civilian leadership experience which has given me the knowledge and abilities to move Region V successfully into the future with sense of pride and purpose. At the chapter level, I have served as Junior Vice Commander and am going on my fourth year as Chapter Commander. In 2015, I was elected Department Senior Vice Commander and have been serving as Department Commander since August 2016 and was selected to serve as Region V Adjutant in 2017. I have led the department from being at the bottom of the pile in terms of reporting, recruiting and rosters to the very top in 2016. I have also taken the painful steps to close 10 inactive chapters but recovered over $10,000 in abandoned funds for the department. I have monitored the Constitution and Bylaws Committee for the last two years, giving me an excellent understanding of the principles and purpose of the Bylaws. Teamwork and communication are keys to the motivation and success of any organization. In the Department of Arkansas we have found it very easy to share ideas and information and I pledge to do the same as Region V Commander. If elected, I look forward to working with the entire leadership of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to meet and overcome challenges that may come our way.


16PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Candidacy Announcements LEE BROWNCANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL PUBLICATION COMMITTEE T O THE MEMBERS of the Military Order of the Purple Heart: I announce my candidacy for membership on the National Publications Committee, and I humbly ask for your support. I have served the Order at each level, beginning at the chapter level before moving on to the department level. While a member of the Department of Florida, I served as its Finance Of cer, Senior Vice Commander and ultimately as Department Commander. Currently I am the Region IV Commander. I have dedicated myself to the Order and wish to continue to serve. My publications quali cations include serving as the editor of the newspaper of Jacksonville University and I have written for numerous small papers and I have published two blogs. I am a published author and a life member of the Florida Writers Association. Above all, my most meaningful quality is my willingness to serve and my dedication to the Order. 2018 PURPLE HEART TRUCK RUNTHE FOCUS OF the 2018 Purple Heart Run will again be Mobility is Freedom. The run is sponsored jointly by Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS) and the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). The Purple Heart Run allows Purple Heart recipients the opportunity to thank Americans from all across our great country for their appreciation and support of our nations military and their families. The team will stop to give publicity for local MOPH chapters and Purple Heart entities. At each stop they will deliver Combat-Wounded-Parking Signs, provided free of charge by WWFS, to any interested entity as a way of honoring and recognizing these veterans. Americans from all walks of life are invited and encouraged to show their support for our military families by visiting one of the events on this years tour and signing the Ford truck with a message of support to our countrys veterans and their families. June 18 Departure Ceremony, Washington, DC June 19 Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts June 25 New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina July 2 Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee July 9 Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah July 16 Idaho, Nevada, California July 23 California, Oregon July 30 Welcome Ceremony, MOPH National Convention, Spokane, WA For more details about the Purple Heart Truck Run route and schedule: route and schedule as of April 2018 NATIONAL CONVENTIONSPOKANE, WAMonday, July 30th Friday, August 3rd, 2018


Well Done, Region IV!I JUST FINISHED READING the March/April issue of Purple Heart Magazine and while I always enjoy the magazine, I really enjoyed this edition. The Region IV Commanders Brie ng article on page 8 was refreshing to me and reminded me just why I became a member of this organization. There are many reasons to be a member and many bene ts, but none compare to the expression of true empathy and concern this region placed on the welfare of its members during the national weather crisis of hurricane Maria. Their efforts to check on the members impacted by this storm and offer assistance are indicative of just what this organization represents. I think something akin to honor the dead and nurture the living is a good description of this effort. As the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world, we have basically failed Puerto Rico in this time of need as a country; this organization did not. Well done Region IV and Commander Brown and team!Mark Leslie LTC (RET), US Army DeRidder, LA Chapter 727 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. May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE17


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 May/June 201818PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE


20 MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEARTGolf 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 Phone: (509) 994-6552 Phillip E. White Phone: (509) 599-3184 MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: MOPH Department of Washington SEND TO: MOPH, 13102 South Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004-9031 Fee: $125 Single Player $500 Per Team of Four (4) NOTE: Limited Number of Teams Available Military Order of the Purple Heart 86th National Convention MOPH Auxiliary 85th National Convention July 30August 3, 201 8 Red Lion Hotel at the Park, SpokaneThe MOPH Department of Washington is seeking your support by advertising in our Convention Souvenir Book DO NOT MISS YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR MESSAGE OUT For more information contact: Gary J Yeager 509-994-6552 Ad Size & Rates Business Card (3.5 x 2) $25.00 Quarter Page (4.25 x 5.5) $100.00 Half Page (8.5 x 5.5) $125.00 Full Page (8.5 x 11) $225.00 Premium Spots (all full page) Rear Cover, Inside (8.5 x 11) $325 Front Cover, Inside (8.5 x 11) $325 Rear Cover, Outside (8.5 x 11) $400 Send Print Ready Format Color or Black & White PDF Company Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: ___________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: __________________________________________________________________________ Contact Phone Number: ___________________________________________________________________ Email Address: ___________________________________________________________________________ Make checks payable to: MOPH Department of Washington Send to: MOPH, 13102 S. Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004


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 (509) 994-6552 MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: MOPH Department of Wash ington SEND TO: MOPH, 13102 South Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004-9031 May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE21 SCOOTERS & WHEELCHAIRSScooters & Wheelchairs can be rented for the week of National Convention Please call Scooters, Wheelchairs & More at 509-489-6879 to reserve one Scooters rent for $150 Per Week Push Wheelchairs for $30 Per Week Info on Motorized Wheelchairs and Walkers are currently pending.Wheelchairs & More220 W INDIANA AVE. SPOKANE, WA 99205 Phone: 509-326-7615 & Fax: 509-464-6266 Email: MONDAY FRIDAY 9:00 am 5:00 pm Website:


May/June 201822PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE O N MARCH 14, NEIL VAN ESS, National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, testi ed before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans Affairs on the Orders priority legislative issues that need to be addressed in the upcoming session of Congress. In his opening remarks, Commander Van Ess thanked the respective committee chairmen for their continuing efforts on behalf of Americas veterans and the many accomplishments achieved during the previous legislative session. However, Commander Van Ess made clear that much remains to be done to support our military men and women who have served and those who continue to serve in harms way. MOPH believes, without equivocation, that all veterans deserve the best healthcare available and the timely processing of claims for any bene ts earned by their service. Following his testimony to the Congress, Commander Van Ess, accompanied by Legislative Director Aleks Morosky, National Adjutant Jack Leonard and National Service Director Angelo Wider, met with then-Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin in a private, one-on-one informal setting to discuss MOPHs priorities and concerns for the Department of Veteran Affairs. On March 13, the day prior to his testimony, Commander Van Ess paid a visit to the National Military Medical Center, Walter Reed Hospital, in Bethesda, Md. Following a tour of the facilities, the Commander visited with SSG Charles Edwards, his mother Beth, and his brother MOPH National Commander Testi es at Joint Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing By MOPH Public Relations MOPH legislative team


23COMMUNITY CARE MOPH strongly believes that VA has an obligation to provide high-quality medical care to every enrolled veteran. In cases where VA facilities cannot provide veterans with care that is both timely and geographically accessible, veterans must be given the option to receive care from community providers. While we believe that VA should remain the primary provider and coordinator of care, there will always be a need for a well-integrated community care program to serve as a supplement to VA direct services. INDIVIDUAL UNEMPLOYABILITY MOPH strongly opposes any restriction to Individual Unemployability (IU). IU is a bene t that allows veterans whose service-connected disabilities are rated less than 100 percent to receive disability compensation at the 100 percent rate, if one or more of their disabilities prevent them from maintaining substantial gainful employment. Many veterans who rely on IU become disabled at a relatively young age, denying them the opportunity to make suf cient contributions to receive full Social Security bene ts upon reaching retirement age. Stripping them of IU bene ts would impose severe nancial hardships for those veterans. CONCURRENT RECEIPT Military retirees who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent, are still subject to an offset of their retired pay by an amount equal to their VA disability compensation. Veterans who were retired from service after less than 20 years due to a disability are subject to the offset, regardless of their disability ratings. While concurrent receipt of these two bene ts is allowed for military retirees with disabilities rated at 50 percent or higher and more than 20 years of service, MOPH strongly believes that the time to extend full concurrent receipt to all military retirees is long overdue. SBP/DIC OFFSET Surviving spouses who are eligible for both the DOD Survivor Bene t Plan (SBP) and VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) also experience a dollar-for-dollar offset of their SBP payments. Under the SBP program, retirees make voluntary contributions of 6.5 percent of their retired pay, with the understanding that their dependents will continue to receive 55 percent of their retired pay when they die. DIC, on the other hand, is a VA bene t granted to surviving spouses of veterans who die due to a service-connected disability. MOPH sees absolutely no reason why an annuity that was bought and paid for by a veteran should be reduced, simply because they suffered the misfortune of dying of a service-related disability. DEATH GRATUITY When a servicemember dies on active duty, his or her family is entitled to a tax-free payment of $100,000, known as the death gratuity. Bereaved military families rely on this money to meet any nancial hardships they may incur, immediately following the loss of their loved one. Unfortunately, these payments cannot be made during a government shutdown. MOPH strongly believes that no family entitled to this relatively modest bene t should ever have to experience a delay in payment, simply because Congress temporarily fails to perform its primary duty of funding the U.S. Government. POW/MIA ACCOUNTING MOPH believes strongly that when the United States sends its sons and daughters into battle to defend our democracy, our freedoms, and our national Interests abroad, we owe it to our servicemembers and their families to also bring them home. If they are killed in action, become prisoners of war or are missing in action, our nation should spare no expense until we account for each and every one of them. MOPH is concerned that three consecutive Continuing Resolutions, which cap spending at FY2017 levels, continue to create adverse impacts to DPAA operations, causing it to either cancel or reduce their scope of their investigations and recoveries. PROTECTING THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL MOPH recommends passage of the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act which would put an end to this objectionable practice of selling military-issued Purple Hearts on the secondary market at exorbitant prices, making it harder to reunite veterans and families with lost or stolen medals. Due to the morbid curiosity of some collectors, medals engraved with the names of those killed in action command the highest prices. By making it illegal to sell military-issued Purple Hearts, it would prevent merchants and collectors from pro teering from the sale of those medals, eliminating the market and making it easier to return them to their rightful owners. This bill would not prevent the sale of replacement or duplicate medals through authorized sellers. NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR COMMEMORATIVE COIN MOPH strongly supports H.R. 1683, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act sponsored by Representative Sean Patrick Maloney. MOPH believes that the minting of a National Purple Heart Hall of Honor coin would represent a tting tribute to Purple Heart recipients, not only by providing budget-neutral funding to an institution that preserves their memory, but also by creating a tangible item that will serve to remind the general public of their sacri ce to our nation. For the full text of the Commanders testimony, please view a copy of what was submitted to the Congress on the MOPH HQ website. Testimony Summary


May/June 201824PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Wider, Leonard, Van Ess and Morosky meet with Shulkin Van Ess visits SSG Edwards and family Navy Corpsman Statue at Bethesda MOPH delegation with awardees Alex. SSG Edwards, a USAF Air Policeman, is the sole Purple Heart recipient currently being treated for his wounds at the hospital. Van Ess presented Edwards with his Commanders Coin and a paid membership in the Order. In the afternoon, Commander Van Ess, accompanied by Legislative Director Aleks Morosky, Service Director Angelo Wider, and National Adjutant Jack Leonard, met with Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe, to present him with the 2018 MOPH National Inspirational Leadership Award for his dedicated support to the Nations Veterans as the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. As a champion of the military, veterans and their families throughout his Congressional service, Congressman Roe has dedicated himself to ensuring that our nations military personnel and veterans continue to receive the compensation and services they deserve and have earned for their service and sacrifice. Commander Van Ess also honored Kelsey Baron, a staff member on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, with the Exemplary Service Award. In her current position on the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, Baron advises the full committee and subcommittee chairmen, as well as committee members, on legislative and oversight initiatives and policy matters. As a Congressional Legislative Assistant who best demonstrates exemplary service to our nations veterans, she assists in the drafting of legislation that has improved the lives of the nations veterans and their families.


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May/June 201826PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Accredited by the VA, these NSOs receive training in all aspects of veterans benets, keeping abreast of changes in VA regulations, policies, procedures and entitlements. They learn the extent, the meaning and the application of laws that have been passed by the U.S. Congress in the interests of veterans and their dependents. They also learn the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to clarify and implement those laws. The National Service Ofcer will apply his/ her specialized knowledge in the best way suited to the needs of every individual veteran or other beneciary who comes to him/her for assistance. For some, this was his/her rst step in becoming an NSO; for the more experienced NSOs, it was an opportunity to learn about changes made to VA regulations and procedures during the past year. In each case, the NSOs share a common purpose, to counsel and assist all veterans, their families and survivors in matters concerning education, disability compensation, employment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, home loans, insurance, pension and other benets. In addition to the professional NSO, training is also available to Department and Chapter Service Officers who are then able to advise and assist other Patriots in their respective departments and chapters that may be seeking an increase in compensation for a serviceconnected injury. Two such Patriots that attended the training this year were National Commander Neil Van Ess and Junior Vice Commander Felix Garcia. In the case of Van Ess, he first received NSO training in 2005, and has assisted countless veterans with their claims over the years since. A highlight of the week was the recognition of a number of NSOs for their dedication and professionalism. In particular, Daniel Kuhn was named as National Service Ofcer of the Year for 2017. Runners-up included Wanda Baier Bordeaux, Kimberly Ramsey and Michael Labelle, each of whom was selected as NSO of the Year for their respective region. Other awardees included MOPH Salutes the National Service Ofcers Dedication to Veterans by MOPH Public Relations I N MARCH, A LARGE GROUP of National Service Ofcers (NSOs), all employees of the Military Order of the Purple Heart National Service Program (NSP), gathered in Orlando, Fla., to undergo a comprehensive annual training program. Led by National Service Director Angelo Wider, the National Service Program is the focus of MOPHs mission to assist all veterans and their families with their claims for earned benets from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE27 Melissa Logsdon-Young, who received a distinguished service award for her work as Chair of the Committee that oversaw implementation of the switch from the Veri cation Case Management System (VCMS) to Vetraspec, a new internet-based management system. Other Committee members included Edward Rausch, Theresa Neibacher, Brian Olson, Michael Labelle, Michelle Edwards-Baxter and Crystal Newbold. Distinguished Service Awards were also presented to members of the Training Committee responsible for organizing and presenting this years training program: Nelson Vasquez, Troy Westphal, Kimberly Ramsey, and Lloyd Coffman. During the closing ceremony, National Commander Van Ess took the stage to address the NSOs and other guests. In his heartfelt remarks, he praised the attendees for their remarkable dedication and assistance to veterans and their families. He noted that most VA Medical Centers not only recognize the professionalism of the MOPH NSOs, but often recommend their services over other NSOs to their veteran patients. NSO of the Year Daniel Kuhn Join the Legacy Member ProgramHONORING OUR PRESENT, REMEMBERING THE PAST AND PRESERVING THE LEGACY! In 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 HeartLegacy Member Program Military Order Of The Purple Heart 5413-B Backlick Road Spring eld, VA 22151 Phone: 703-642-5360 (Membership) Fax: 703-642-1841 Email: Legacy@Purpleheart.Org Join here: Melissa Logsdon-Young


May/June 201828PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE 803 Chapter/Unit of Mississippi MOPH/MOPHAWELCOMING HOME Vietnam Veterans March 24, 2018, Meridian, Mississippi First row (L-R): Aux. Vanessa Duett, Linda Kirkwood, Betty Ross, Emmie Booth, Joyce Campbell. Back row (L-R): Patriots Steve Campbell, Truitt Breazeale, Benny Duett, Tom Ross. MEMBER AND PNP Terri Shattuck, of Unit 1985, Gaylord, Mich., and a longtime friend, Nel Dawson, hooked 120 hats and handed them out to veterans at the Saginaw VA Clinic. Also pictured are warm and happy veterans. DUANE TUNNYHILL, lifetime member of Chapter 260, Omaha-Western Iowa, was recently honored and awarded a Quilt of Valor for his U.S. Marine Corps service during WWII. The very nice ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors. Flanking Duane in the photo are fellow Chapter 260 Patriots, Chaplain Don Kemper, WWII, and Adjutant Terry Minarik, Vietnam. South Carolina Is on the MoveTHE COMET (Central Midlands Transit) announced that its newly designed Purple Heart bus is ready for service in recognition of the contributions Purple Heart veterans have made to our nation. The COMET rst introduced a bus wrap to commemorate veteran recipients of the Purple Heart Medal living in the Midlands. Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Charles Cook, Commander of Chapter #402 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, coordinated members of this chapter who live within the Midlands to be photographed at the COMETs ofces. A total of 18 members have now been photographed. The bus travels different routes across Columbia, S.C., for more exposure to the community. This is truly a Bus of Honor.


PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE29 USS IWO JIMA (LPH2/LHD7) SHIPMATES For all Ships Company and Embarked Navy and Marine Corps personnel who were on board the LPH2 or LHD7 October 10, 2018 Doubletree Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront Jacksonville, FL Contact: Robert G. McAnally, 152 Frissell St., Hampton, VA 23663; (757)723-0317 2ND BATTALION, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARINE DIVISION VIET NAM VETERANS REUNION September 2629, 2018 Colorado Springs, Colorado Contact: Art Ferguson, (623)780-1819 4TH BN 9TH INF REG September 13, 2018 New Orleans, LA Contact: Bob Lannon, (317)745-4287 ARMY, 1ST SIGNAL BRIGADE (VIETNAM & KOREA) September 5-9, 2018 Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX Contact: John Keenan (913)633-2639 VMA/VMF-311 REUNION August 2226, 2018 Chattanooga, TN Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Contact: Jim Galchick, (330)337-9383 3RD MARINES 3RD RECON BATTALION September 2530, 2018 San Antonio, TX Contact: Gene Haux, (520)631-4922 or Bob Hoover (843)302-2151 249TH ENGINEER BATTALION ASS. REUNION September 13-16, 2018 New Orleans, LA All veterans that have served or are still serving in the 249th and their families are invited to attend Contact: Gerald McCarthy, (401)284-0933 or Robin Wandell, (660)815-1166, NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE John Brown University Honors Vietnam VeteransON FEB. 6 Patriot Derl Horn, VAVSO, DEPT of ARK/Chaplain, Chapter 460, was invited by John Brown University to participate in a Q&A panel to share his experience as a young U.S. Marine in Vietnam. The event was sponsored by the JBU History Department to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Preston Jones, Professor of History, served as the moderator. John Brown University is located in Siloam Springs, Ark. During the session, Patriot Horn, author of the book Blood, Sweat, and Honor shared that while it took him a while to open up, sharing his experience has helped him heal. For 35 years I didnt want to talk about it, like most veterans. But nally, a little counseling and writing a book helped me. Patriot Horn said it was nice to have people want to hear his story, and its still a jolt when people thank him for his service, instead of resenting his service in the controversial war. CHAPTER 392 San Gabriel Valley, Calif., set up a booth at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day event in Whittier, Calif. Pictured is Patriot Frank Aragon. Also in attendance were Patriots: Daniel Calderon, Tony Hernandez, Santiago Rios and Commader Eddie Morin.


May/June 201830PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE The Department of Arkansas Establishes an Emergency Welfare Grant Programby Patriot Chuck Adkins Commander MOPH Dept. of Arkansas I IN NOVEMBER 2017, the Department of Arkansas established an Emergency Welfare Grant Program for the assistance of needy members or veterans and their dependents. The need for the program came as a result of the department discovering it had a Patriot who had recently become homeless and was living out of his vehicle. Having tried reaching out to other veterans organizations, local government and civic organizations without success, the Patriot contacted Patriot Chuck Adkins, Commander, Department of Arkansas, who had recruited him into the Military Order of the Purple Heart to see if MOPH could help. After listening to what the Patriot had to say about his current situation and the desperation in his voice, Patriot Adkins quickly set things into motion. He contacted the Veterans Affairs Police at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (North Little Rock, Ark.), Patriot Richard Maxwell, Commander, Chapter 431 (Little Rock), as that is the chapter to which the Patriot belongs, Patriot Mark Diggs, Department Senior Vice Commander, Mikel Brooks, Director, We Are the 22 Foundation (an organization that works with stressed, homeless and/or suicidal veterans), and former Congressman Mike Ross, Director, Veterans Villages of America (and Patriot Diggs boss). Within two hours, not only did the group determine the individual was not a threat to himself, but had arranged temporary lodging, until a permanent place to live could be found. The next morning as Patriots Adkins and Diggs reviewed the successful outcome of the situation; they discussed what more the department should be able to do. The answer was found in the MOPH Bylaws, Article XV: To Preserve the Integrity of the Corporation, Section 3: Welfare Funds, and an idea was born. Patriot Adkins, with the assistance of Patriots Walter Kroptavich, DEPT Adjutant/Judge Advocate, and Carder Ferguson, DEPT Finance Ofcer, drafted a resolution containing an application form with a disclaimer and the procedures to be used to determine eligibility. The resolution was put to a vote to the Department Executive Committee and passed. The Patriot was awarded a grant, which assisted him in gaining a permanent place to live just in time for Christmas. Since then three other grants have been awarded; two to veterans whose houses caught re resulting in the homes being uninhabitable and one to a veteran whose family was discovered living in their van. As the Department of Arkansas is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Veterans Coalition, the River Valley Veterans Coalition and the Central Arkansas Veterans Coalition, word spread about how the department was able to provide quick support to these veterans in need. This has led to two other veterans organizations in the state requesting to use the departments application, disclaimer, and procedures to begin similar programs within their organizations. The use of the Emergency Welfare Grant shall be used for the following types of situations: (1) Assistance to a homeless Patriot, non-member Purple Heart recipient, or veteran or prevention of homelessness with presentation of proof (i.e. eviction notice or new lease documents provided by a landlord). (2) Emergency medical situations validated by proof of treatment (i.e., hospital emergency room bill/statement) for the Patriot, non-member Purple Heart recipient, veteran or an immediate family member (spouse or minor children living in the home). (3) Recovery assistance from Acts of God (i.e., tornado, ood or earthquake) or accidental re leaving the individual, and/or family, temporarily homeless. (4) Assist with funeral expenses of the Patriot, nonmember Purple Heart recipient, veteran or an immediate family member (spouse or minor children living in the home). (5) Types of validated/well-documented emergencies, needs or unusual circumstances not described above and approved by a 2/3 majority of the Department Executive Committee vote. The Emergency Welfare Grant shall not be used in support of a business owned and/or operated by the Patriot, non-member Purple Heart recipient or veteran. While all veterans may qualify for an Emergency Welfare Grant, the Department of Arkansas priority is as follows: (1) MOPH Patriot, (2) Purple Heart recipient, and (3) veteran (if a non-MOPH Patriot but Purple Heart recipient provides application and encourage membership.) Once the grant is approved, the Department Commander shall notify the Department Finance Ofcer to issue funds to the Chapter Commander for issuing the grant to the


May/June 2018 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE applicant. Chapters have the option to award the grant from their own chapter funds to speed the process of support to the veteran upon approval of the Department Commander, and then seek reimbursement from the department using the Warrant Process. No funds will be issued for utilities, rent or any other living expenses provided through a business without an invoice, receipt, estimate or other appropriate documentation to document the expense. Prior to the veteran receiving the funds, he or she shall sign the appropriate acknowledgement of receipt, which shall be returned to the Department Finance Ofcer for audit purposes. The Emergency Welfare Grant is to be used solely for the purpose of the welfare of the grantee veteran and immediate family members, if any. The Military Order of the Purple Heart, USA, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation and the Department of Arkansas shall not be held or become liable for any legal obligations or unpaid debts incurred by the grantee veteran in using this program. The Department of Arkansas is willing to share its application for, disclaimer and procedures with departments or chapters who are interested in creating their own Emergency Welfare Grant Program. Contact Patriot Chuck Adkins at or Patriot Walter Kroptavich at 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 UNIT 1985 MEMBER Kandus Schalter has been honored as the 2018 Woman Making History by the American Association of University Women, Gaylord Area Branch. It is such an honor to be recognized as the Woman of the Year in a National Womens History Month observance that has honored such women as Mother Teresa, Marie Curie and Anne Frank.


Military Order of the Purple HeartApplication 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 MemberPLEASE 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 Date (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 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. 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 membership. Payment for dues is not deductible as a charitable contribution according to the Internal Revenue Code. Dues include subscription to the Purple Heart Magazine. Purple Heart Recipient Associate Member Dues Schedule Life Membership $50.00 Associate Life Membership $50.00 TO APPLY ONLINE GO TOwww.purpleheart.orgor CLICK HEREFees submitted with Application for Membership are NON-REFUNDABLE.All information and requirements are subject to change without notice. (Effective 6/15/17)


MOPH AMERICANISM & RECRUITING MATERIALSPrice List as of March 1, 20181 A1000 100 to a pack FOLDS OF THE FLAG BOOKMARKER A beautiful 2 x 8 double sided bookmark featuring the Pledge of Allegiance on the front, and the Folds of the American Flag on the reverse. 2 A1001 100 to a pack 2018-2019 CALENDAR BOOKMARKER A beautiful 2 x 8 bookmark with 2018/2019 calendar years on one side, and the Purple Heart on the reverse. 3 A1003 50 to a pack HISTORY OF THE PURPLE HEART This 2 x 7 bookmark provides great detail about the History of the Purple Heart Medal, as well as current MOPH information. 4 A1002 100 to a pack PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE POCKET CARD This pocket sized 2 x 3 card is adorned with the Purple Heart on the front and the Pledge of Allegiance on the reverse. 5 A1004 100 to a pack NATIONAL ANTHEM POCKET CARD Featuring a short bio on Francis Scott Key on one side, and the lyrics of The Star Spangled Banner on the reverse. This 3 x 4 card is a great giveaway for events and fundraisers. 6 A1005 25 to a pack OLD GLORY BOOKLET BOOKLET The Old Glory Booklet is a beautiful and informative publication. It is our most popular Americanism Item. This 5 x 8 booklet covers detailed ag history. 7 R2001 25 to a pack MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS Standard application (8.5 x 11 inches) for MOPH Life or Associate Members. 8 R2002 25 to a pack WINDSHIELD RECRUITING CARDS Printed on heavy-duty paper with the Purple Heart & MOPH logo, with space to attach a business card; it ts nicely under a cars windshield wiper. Use as an invite to join The Military Order of the Purple Heart. 9 R2003 10 to a pack PRIDE / JOIN NOW POSTERS The Pride/Join Now Poster (8.5 x 11 inches) is an attractive, high-gloss poster, strong color with good information for would-be members. 10 R2004 15 to a pack JOIN NOW TRI-FOLD APPLICATIONS Tri-fold MOPH Recruiting Join Now Application. Contains detachable membership application, as well as facts about the Order.MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART5413-B Backlick Road Spring eld VA 22151 Tel: 703-642-5360 Fax: 703-642-1841 Email: BOOKMARKER $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $5.00 $5.00 $10.00 $8.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00No. Item ID Quantity per Pack Item Name Item Description Sale Price Per Unit 03-08-2018


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 CURRENT ITEMS AVAILABLE 101 MOPHA LOGO PIN 1 or 2 pins $6.00 each, 3 or more pins $5.00 each per order 204 PATCH Life Member, embroidered x 3 inch $ 3.00 205 PATCH Associate Member, embroidered x 3 inch $ 3.00 401 FLAG SET American and MOPHA 4x 6 on 10 pole w/stand 3 piece set $15.00.MOPHA FLAG only $8.00 402 CHARTER Department or Unit, includes 10 names (add $1.00 per additional name) $50.00 403 CBL Constitution, Bylaws, Rules & Regulations, Rituals, and Standing Rules Specify Large or Small $13.00 405 DIRECTORY 2017 $ 5.00 406 CONVENTION MINUTES on Disc $ 5.00 407 MEMBERSHIP CARD REPLACEMENT (Contact Membership Ofcer) $ 5.00 409 BOOKMARKS package of 25 (prewrapped) $ 5.00 ALL prices include shipping charges. No tax. ALL other items are in the works and will be released when available. Make 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:


May/June 201836PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE National Presidents Note by Gloria SanchezNext deserving of praise is our neighbors. Of our neighbors, the Good Book states that we should: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself. Community is how we learn to connect with others; community gives us the tools to relate to the world outside of our families. Cultural variations ascribe various names to the community: some call it a tribe, a clan or a village. But, no matter the structure or label, a community that supports, nourishes and bolsters the family plays a vital role in our individual and collective happiness, success, and survival. Finally, those worthy of our praise are the veterans who fought on the battleelds, engaged in the protection of our freedom. America is a sovereign nation; it is a place where people from around the world come to better themselves. America began out of an unquenchable desire to be free. Our country fought a horrible Civil War to preserve the United States and to give freedom to slaves and over the course of its history, the United States of America has done more to liberate the downtrodden than all other nations in the history of the worldcombined. But, it did not do that by simple proclamation or writ, it did it with the sweat, sacrice, tears and blood of millions of Americans, hundreds of thousands of whom gave their lives so that we could be free. Let us never forget the sacrices made by those whose lives were lost for the freedoms we hold dear. Whether our veterans survived their military service or died on the eld of battle, Americans owe each of them and their families an enormous debt of gratitude. Expressing gratitude is an honest compliment that elevates both the receiver and giver. When we measure whats important, the calculation is clear. Those in our lives who love us, help us and inspire us to be better are our most valued assets. Its vitally important to praise others whose dedication preserves and improves our quality of life, Americas veterans. None of us are, nor can be, truly independent. We are inter-dependent, across all age categories and throughout all stages of life. To the extent that we use diversity of race, color, creed or gender to unite us, we are strengthened individually and collectively in our humanity for our common benet. Weve all heard the words from Aesops fables, United we stand, divided, we fall. What was true thousands of years ago remains true today. Let us be an example of unity of dedication to the common objective of taking care of Americas veterans, and of letting the world see that we are diverse, united and strong. We achieve our best when we take every opportunity to connect in a positive way with others, when we build them upwhen we praise them. W HO IS WORTHY of our praise? Who is there for us when we need them most? Our family is worthy of praise because they are there when our need is greatest. We are born into a family that is rooted in its own history, ethnicity and circumstances. Those who give us life or adopted us as their own; those who take care of us, kiss our skinned knees, bandage our cuts, pick us up, play with us, nourish, nurture, educate, admonish, hold us close, wipe away our tears, tickle and make us laugh should be high on our list for praise. Praise Someone Auxiliary


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE37 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) 17607 Montero Rd. San Diego, CA 92128 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


May/June 201838PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service National Sr. Vice Presidents Note by Diane PetriniI believe that communication is critical to making MOPHA a stronger, more effective organization. Most members now have access to one of the many social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. As an organization, lets commit to take full advantage of these platforms in order to share suggestions, new ideas, information and resources. In addition, we have a new website that allows us to quickly update information to share with our members. Unit and department leaders, remember to show your appreciation for our members and to listen to their suggestions! Publicly acknowledge their contributions and thank them! Ask members to do at least one thing during the year (work on a committee, visit the sick, help with the phone tree, attend a special event). Even if they are unable to do so, everyone appreciates being asked and included. If your unit or department has a website, share photos of your hardworking members. Submit articles to the Auxiliary Newsletter and the Purple Heart Magazine. We all joined the MOPHA for the same reason: to support our Patriot. Lets regularly communicate with each other. Lets involve everyone, and consider ideas from within the vast resources of our organization! We all want to serve our veterans in any way we can! H OW MANY TIMES have you been hesitant to offer a suggestion or to propose a new idea because of fear of rejection? Our leaders and members come from a variety of backgrounds and capabilities. It is important that we listen to each other to truly bene t from the wealth of knowledge and experience within the MOPHA. Acknowledging suggestions and ideas from members will go a long way toward motivating members. Thats a Great Idea! Tips for Motivating our Members Auxiliary PSYCHARMOR INSTITUTE IS A NONPROFIT that provides free education and support for all Americans to engage effectively with the military community. There are a number of free courses on their website. These include courses for volunteers and nonpro ts who support veterans, and courses for military veteran caregivers and families. There are other courses speci cally for employers and educators. If you are not familiar with PsychArmor, please take advantage of the free courses. Their website is: RESOURCE OF THE MONTH: PsychArmor Institute


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE39 O N APRIL 25, 1866, a group of women in Columbus, Miss., decorated the Confederate graves of soldiers lost in the Battle of Shiloh. Seeing the bare graves of Union soldiers, they decorated those also. On May 5, 1866, citizens of Waterloo, N.Y., rst celebrated a decoration day. They made it an annual event as businesses closed and residents decorated soldiers graves with owers and ags. Over the years, many cities have claimed to be the rst celebrating Decoration Day. Also, in 1866, GAR General John Logan proclaimed May 30 as a day to honor those who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion. That year, General James Gar eld gave a speech at Arlington National Cemetery and 5,000 people helped decorate over 20,000 Union and Confederate graves. For many of us who grew up celebrating Decoration Day on May 30, no matter what day of the week it fell on, it was a day of honor and re ection and a part of the ritual was going to the cemetery. Families would gather and say a prayer over deceased relatives, decorate their graves and plant owers. If it was a veteran, an American ag would be added to the grave. But changes happen and in 1971, Congress declared Decoration Day would be called Memorial Day and occur on the last Monday of May. It was called a more convenient day. No matter what we call itDecoration Day, Memorial Dayit seems to have lost its original intent in favor of a long weekend for camping, traveling, cookouts and picnics. Many cities no longer have parades (but I am proud my city still does), many cemeteries go undecorated and way too many have forgotten what it really means. The minority of us who have served our country or are family of those who have served will never forget. Veterans organizations are at the forefront of not wanting this day forgotten and have asked our federal representatives to move Memorial Day back to May 30, but the bills have been forgotten in committee since 1999. Fortunately, Congress did enact a resolution, the National Moment of Remembrance Act, in December 2000 for a voluntary moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, at which time Taps is to be played. Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states, Its a way we can all help put Memorial back in Memorial Day. Unfortunately, many people wont even give the day a second thought. So many people have forgotten the reason for Memorial Day: its to honor those killed in military con icts, defending this great country. Wont you help put Memorial back in Memorial Day please? And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 Auxiliary National Chaplain Lets Put Memorial Back in Memorial Day by Dar Schuff 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


May/June 201840PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service Region V Presidents Note by Gwendolyn GilliardRegion V MOPHA is passionate and dedicated to working side by side with our Patriots. Their vigor and diligence to serve are impressive year in and year out. The list of the activities in Region V is mind-boggling, such as putting on patriotic programs in schools, visiting ailing veterans, serving meals and providing transportation to Patriots in need of assistance. An Oklahoma unit has in the works a ramp being built for a homebound veteran. The Department of Colorado instituted a signature commemorative coin that reects the appreciation of service to all branches of service. The coin is distributed to the new National Purple Heart Schools as well as a restaurant that offers itself as a Purple Heart Restaurant. Texas has a bank that considers itself as a Purple Heart Bank. An Arkansas unit hosts a Veterans Day benet concert. A Louisiana Auxiliary Unit attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park (which used to be the Old Arsenal Museum of Baton Rouge). Another Louisiana unit cohosted events at the Superdome and Mahalia Jackson Center in Nawlins. These are just to name a few of accomplishmentsthe list is long. Many participated in parades or other patriotic programs throughout their hometowns, honoring veterans and their families. But please know that they dont wait for a holiday or special occasion to let their light shine. Every day is a day of service and honor to a veteran. I call them extraordinary people doing extraordinary things (sometimes) even with just a smile. While you continue to make a difference, remember each and every one of you is important to our organization, our team, and you are appreciated. It is written that to whom much is given much is required, and Region V MOPHA has exceeded expectations! It has been a blessing and pleasure serving with you. I thank you and our national officers for your service and precious memories. I compliment you for being so proactive in your commitment and success this past year. I encourage you to stay connected, stay communicative, stay committed, stay beautiful and outshine yourselves as the MOPHA ambassadorspurposely, gracefully and in love! A SIMPLE THANK YOU does not seem to be quite enough to express to Region V Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary for their dedication, their commitment to veterans and their families when it comes to serving one another. Region V states are unique in locations often affected by severe weather. I am very appreciative of how united and supportive the MOPHA Foundation, headquarters, Patriots and auxiliaries throughout the nation were and always have been during times of crisis. I am told that those who were affected have remained resilient and moving forward the best they can.Region V Report: Strong, Passionate and Dedicated Auxiliary


May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE41 REGION V EVENTS COLORADO: Jan Huffman, Lynn Goldstone, Judy McLaughlin and Barbara Hale-Ray PATRIOTS HONORING Ladies for VA Volunteer and #1 National History Book UNIT 177 State Park Dedication 2017 NATIONAL CONVENTION, Region V Department/ Unit Presidents/Delegate Doris Williams, Dept. of Texas; Cheryl Rock, Dept. of LA; Barbara Hale-Ray, Dept. of CO; Gwendolyn Gilliard, Region V President; Sonya Lawbaugh, Delegate AK. They were presented a certi cate and wooden replica of the state they represent. Doris is holding OKs as well. MOPHA In Memoriam Reported Feb. 1 March 31, 2018 * As reported to the MOPHA National Chaplain, per Bylaws Article VIII, Section 6 requirements Name DEPT Unit Deceased Name DEPT Unit DeceasedFlorence FLEETWOOD, Omaha NE 260 27 December 2017 Florence joined LAMOPH on 1 February 1948; Member #495 Doris HOFFMAN, Eatonon, GA 425 7 February 2018 Mary JOHNSON, Gaylord MI 1985 11 February 2018 Patricia KOCOS, Fond du Lac WI 162 22 February 2018 Eleanora PETERSON, Milwaukee WI 162 28 October 2017 Earline ROSE, Coos Bay OR 305 3 February 2018 Helen SHELTON, Omaha NE 260 14 March 2018 Patricia SMITH, Salesville OH 625 19 January 2018 Constance WILLI, Green Island NY 17 23 October 2015 Be still and know that I am God.Psalm 46:10 COLORADO PH School coin (L), Colorado Veteran Coin of Appreciation (R)


May/June 201842PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Candidacy Announcements DIANE PETRINICANDIDATE FOR AUXILIARY PRESIDENT I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary and ask for your support. I am passionate about promoting the mission of our organization to care and support our patriots. The name change to MOPHA will allow our organization to grow! All family members of veterans are now eligible to join. We have an awesome opportunity to meet the needs of our members by becoming more family-oriented. My goals include reaching out to our post-9/11 veteran families as well as starting a program for our junior members. MOPHA serves and helps our veterans, while working side by side with our members to increase communication and transparency. It is important to me that we share information and resources! At MOPHA, I have served as the National SVP and JVP, Region VI President, Department of California President, and President of Unit 49 San Diego. In addition, I have the honor of being a 2017-2018 Elizabeth Dole Fellow. Dole Caregiver Fellows are selected by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to serve as advisors, spokespeople and knowledgeable sounding board for leaders and organizations forming caregiver programs. We represent and advocate on behalf of our peers with our nations highest leaders in public, private and nonprot sectors. Dole Caregiver Fellows are proud to advocate for the 5.5 million men and women who care for our wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. On a professional level, I retired in 2013 after 23 years as president of a certied woman-owned business that handled assets and foreclosures for banks, government institutions and individuals on a nationwide basis. During my career, I attained the professional certications of Certied Property Manager (CPM) and Certied Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). I am also a past president of the San Diego Chapter of Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Personally, I have been married to Patriot Joseph Petrini for over 46 years. I have two children, Brian and Laura, and one grandchild, Torin. My hobbies include travel, reading and spending time with family. Would you kindly consider me for this position during our next election? CHERYL PEREZCANDIDATE FOR AUXILIARY SR. VICE PRESIDENT H AVING SERVED AS the Auxiliarys Junior Vice President this year, I am announcing my candidacy in the upcoming National election for MOPHA Senior Vice President. It has been an insightful year of learning more about the ins and outs of the daily workings of the Auxiliary. I look forward to continuing as part of the national leadership team during this exciting time of change, new ideas and opportunities our name change brings. If elected as your Senior Vice President, who also serves as the Membership Chair, I will be committed to working with the National President, Junior Vice President and national ofcers in identifying ways to support and communicate with our members, units, departments and regions to help strengthen and increase membership in the Auxiliary. I have been a member of the Auxiliary since 2004 and have held unit ofces since joining, served as the National VAVS Representative for three years, Region VI President, and on the Bylaws Revision Committee. I have been dedicated to bringing community awareness of the Auxiliary and our mission. I am the surviving spouse of Sgt. Luciano Perez, who was a member of San Diego Chapter 49, and my two children have grown up being active members with Chapter and Unit 49. It has been an honor serving veterans and their families through the Auxiliary, and I appreciate your support to continue serving as part of the Auxiliary leadership team as your National Senior Vice President.


Candidacy Announcements AMANDA FLENERCANDIDATE FOR AUXILIARY JR. VICE PRESIDENT A FTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, I am announcing my candidacy for National Junior Vice President of the MOPHA. I have been honored to serve as Region IV President for the last three years and have served in the Department of Georgia and Unit 1000. From organizing Unit 1000 to my time as Region President, I have had the privilege of getting to know many of our members Besides my leadership within our Auxiliary, I served the last two years as the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow for Georgia, advocating for increased support of caregivers locally and on Capitol Hill. Additionally, I work for a national nonpro t providing support to military veteran caregivers and co-host a talk radio program. This experience along with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and prior ownership and management of two businesses, has given me tools to serve successfully as your Junior Vice President. If elected, my top objective would be to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere of communication and instruction to our region presidents, department presidents and unit members. We need a solid plan for regular and consistent communication. We must put tools in the hands of region presidents so they can adequately help equip departments and units to stay informed, up to date, and succeed as they disseminate valuable information to our members. We must look for opportunities to grow and expand awareness of our organization in our communities, departments and beyond so we remain a viable and thriving Auxiliary. Additionally, I would work with our leadership to set goals and long-term plans in place to continue such communication and learning to facilitate a positive atmosphere where our members can easily access needed tools and support. May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE43 CONDOLENCE MESSAGE FOR MEMORIAL DAY As we say in silent prayer A condolence message that shall be heard everywhere For as we are in meditation We honor our love ones who rest in peace They gave their lives for our preservation So our freedom wouldnt cease For the battle they fought Was much more than a lot For the bloody battle they won And many of us did lose a son And also some very dear one But deep in our heart is pain We all do know it shall always remain So on this Memorial Day comes sorrow May the Lord make it a brighter tomorrow And we all ask God to always bless them They were strong and brave to the end The sacrifice they gave Made America sound and safeBy Seymour Berger


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May/June 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE47 Taps TX-50723-TX-5Mack W LacyARVN TX-50723-TX-5Curtis Lee MasonMCKR TX-50723-TX-5Thomas W MooreARW2 TX-50723-TX-5Henry Thomas Potter, JrNVW2 TX-50740-TX-5Vincente RayosARVN TX-50782-TX-5Larry J WilrichMCVN TX-50867-TX-5Robert HilesMCVN TX-50867-TX-5Gibbs L WarleyMCW2 TX-51513-TX-5Jerry L AndersonARVN TX-51513-TX-5Louis BocksteinARW2 TX-51513-TX-5Dean E DetarAFVN TX-51513-TX-5Jimmy D EvansARVN TX-51513-TX-5Preston M Geren, JrARW2 TX-51513-TX-5Dale H KoskiMCVN TX-51513-TX-5Andre H LedanoisNVVN TX-51513-TX-5Robert L MillsMCW2 TX-51513-TX-5Wayne PackardARW2 TX-51513-TX-5Carl R ParsonsARKR TX-51544-TX-5Macario J Mejia, JrARVN TX-51836-TX-5Tommie P Alatorre, JrARVN TX-51836-TX-5Jackie L BevelARVN TX-51836-TX-5Buford B BrownARKR TX-51836-TX-5Calvin ChapmanAFVN TX-51836-TX-5Gabriel GaitanNVVN TX-51836-TX-5Roy Weldon GannARKR TX-51836-TX-5John J MarekARW2 TX-51836-TX-5Alberto MoranARW2 TX-51836-TX-5John C O'Neill, JrARVN TX-51836-TX-5Kevin J PagnaniARVN TX-51836-TX-5Fred S RussellARW2 TX-51836-TX-5Luis ValdezMCVN TX-51836-TX-5Lasaro A VianesARW2 TX-51836-TX-5John H Von Der Bruegge, JrARVN TX-51836-TX-5Emery YeagerARVN TX-51867-TX-5George A DamianoARW2 TX-51876-TX-5Terry C KnightMCVN TX-51919-TX-5George W CottenARVN TX-51919-TX-5John H HomrighausenARW2 TX-51919-TX-5Ruben MedellinMCVN TX-51919-TX-5William I OchoaMCVN TX-51919-TX-5Nicholas J RobinsonARVN TX-51919-TX-5Jesse G RodriguezARVN TX-51935-TX-5Robert W GruebelNVW2 TX-51935-TX-5Donney R TrussellARVN TX-51935-TX-5Billy M WalkerAFW2 TX-53077-TX-5Sidney C KeyMCW2 TX-53077-TX-5James E PendletonMCW2 TX-5DML-TX-5Leon StevensonARVN DK-35355-DK-3Don JellemaARKR DK-35355-DK-3Melvin D LakeARVN UT-60756-UT-6Randy A SevyARVN UT-60802-UT-6Enro OkadaARW2 UT-60995-UT-6Roy Allen DavisARKR UT-60995-UT-6Vern J WeatherstonARW2 UT-60995-UT-6Larry WhiteARVN UT-6DML-UT-6Mike E MartinezARW2 VA-10136-VA-1Donald L HawkinsNVVN VA-10136-VA-1James L MilliganARKR VA-10136-VA-1James O StancilMCW2 VA-10353-VA-1Walter P HodgeARVN VA-10353-VA-1Demetri ParisARW2 VA-10353-VA-1John F RuehlmannARVN VA-10353-VA-1Morris SchulmanARW2 VA-10510-VA-1John W CarneyARVN VA-10510-VA-1Clyde F PeakARKR VA-10510-VA-1Charles R PrestonARW2 VA-10510-VA-1James E Yates, JrARW2 VA-11607-VA-1Bruce M HenryARVN VA-11607-VA-1Charles S MooreARW2 VA-11607-VA-1Kenneth A ShawARVN VA-11732-VA-1Thomas W ClementNVVN VA-11732-VA-1Paul M ColeMCVN VA-11754-VA-1Willard S GilleyARW2 VA-11775-VA-1James D WelchMCVN VA-11925-VA-1Charles D Hawkins, JrNVVN VA-11965-VA-1Nicky P CholeMCVN VA-11965-VA-1Frank D DerbyNVW2 VA-11965-VA-1Lacy E Martin, JrARVN VA-11965-VA-1James W MooreARVN VA-1DML-VA-1James C EllmoreMCW2 VA-1DML-VA-1Merle R McGinnissARW2 WA-30407-WA-3Clyde G BrownARVN WA-30407-WA-3Roger D JohnsonNVVN WA-30407-WA-3Arthur M MikelsenARW2 WA-30407-WA-3Christopher P Navarre, SrARW2 WA-30407-WA-3Robert L PetersARKR WA-30407-WA-3William F Smith, IIIARVN WA-30407-WA-3Leo K ThorsnessARVN WA-30470-WA-3Norman A CampbellNVVN WA-30470-WA-3Robert Virgil CoferARW2 WA-30470-WA-3Lloyd F Humphrey, SrARKR WA-30470-WA-3Kenneth D RimmerARVN WA-30470-WA-3Joseph E SanfordARVN WA-31889-WA-3Orrin O AgrimsonARW2 WA-31889-WA-3Jack Lee JinesARVN WA-31889-WA-3John A SwindleMCKR WA-31993-WA-3Norman M MoharARW2 WA-31993-WA-3Bill E SingletonARVN WA-3DML-WA-3Leroy DavisNVW2 WA-3DML-WA-3Denis R O'BrienMCVN WV-20415-WV-2Ira C BosticARW2 WV-20415-WV-2Thomas E MylesAFW2 WV-20579-WV-2Patrick J GilloolyARW2 WV-20579-WV-2David E HinesARW2 WV-20579-WV-2Carl O SmithARKR WV-20583-WV-2Grant G Burnside, JrMCVN WV-20583-WV-2Edward A KessingerARW2 WV-20697-WV-2Edward Dwayne CutlipARVN WV-20697-WV-2Eugene C GroahARW2 WV-20697-WV-2Olen R QueenARVN WV-20697-WV-2Leon S RastleARW2 WV-20697-WV-2Jim WyantARVN WV-20709-WV-2Kenneth E ElderARW2 WV-20724-WV-2Donald F SchwartzARW2 WV-20732-WV-2David R ThomasARVN WV-20733-WV-2Damon E AsburyARKR WV-21863-WV-2Herbert H HelmARKR WI-20162-WI-2Norm LuedkeMCKR WI-20164-WI-2Kenneth W BrehmerARKR WI-20165-WI-2Francis G GirardARW2 WI-20165-WI-2Bernard G GrommesMCW2 WI-20165-WI-2Robert M KellerARVN WI-20165-WI-2Robert E MeroARKR WI-20165-WI-2Gene T WolffARKR WI-20228-WI-2Ron GillespieARVN WI-20228-WI-2Peter A LampARVN WI-20228-WI-2William F SukkertARVN WI-20228-WI-2Howard F TraederAFW2 WI-20228-WI-2Jerome E WiznerowiczAFW2 WI-20770-WI-2Robert MaustARW2 WI-20770-WI-2Raymond D MillardMCVN WI-20770-WI-2John E PaggiARW2 WI-2DML-WI-2Velvie E FinnAFW2 WI-2DML-WI-2John PrzewrockiARKR WI-2DML-WI-2George M ShannonARKR WY-30800-WY-3Lawrence D CrawfordMCVN WY-30800-WY-3James G EvansARVN WY-30800-WY-3Ronald D HunterARVN Name Service War Dept Chapter Name Service War Dept Chapter