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MAGAZINE Purple Heart March/April 2019Invisible Wounds of War


Purple Heart MagazineISSN: 0279-0653 March/April 2019 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 2019 by Military Order of the Purple Heart, Inc. All rights reserved. POSTMASTER : Send address changes to Purple Heart Magazine, March/April 20192PURPLE 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 Jr. Vice Commanders Brie ng 7 National Chaplains Brie ng 8 Region IV Commanders Brie ng and Events 10 National Service Directors Brie ng 11 Mail Call 12 Solving the Suicide Crisis 13 Candidates Announcement for Of ce Information 14 2019 Convention Information 18 Invisible Wounds 20 Brain Injury Awareness Month 22 The Blue Line 24 Heroes to Heroes Foundation 26 Caregiving for Veterans with Invisible Wounds 29 News & Gatherings 38 MOPHA National Presidents Note 40 MOPHA National Jr. Vice Presidents Note 41 MOPHA Region IV Events 42 MOPHA In Memoriam 45 MOPHA National Chaplains Note 46 Taps Purple Heart 22 29 8 March/April 2019 Vol. LXXXIIII, Number 2TABLE OF CONTENTS March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE3 18 Cover Photo Source: exploring-human-toll-traumatic-brain-injuries#stream/0 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 11


March/April 20194PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE We have a long way to go in getting the right message out to America. But we have the best story to tell, with one of the strongest brands in America to use as a launching pad, the Purple Heart medal. Our story is the most impactful of all of the military/veteran programs, in my opinion, when we are compared to other organizations. Now its time we raise the Purple Heart to the high level we deserve. We have engaged with a public relations rm, mostly pro-bono, to work on our delivery of the MOPH message. They are also working social media so that we can get our story out to the younger generations and bring those Purple Heart recipients into the Order. We are engaging with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other options. The Post-Vietnam Recruitment Committee is looking into additional ways of engagement with the post-Vietnam vets. It is difcult to attract the younger Purple Heart recipients, in that they are so busy raising their children, with all the obligations that entails, paying the mortgage, building careers and keeping the mar riage/family stable. The younger vets dont have the time to be thinking about their Purple Hearts. But we will keep reaching out to them because they eventually will join us in our mission, when they are ready. We will be standing by for them, creating the emotional pull, making our story relevant, sensitive to their point of view. Through the brotherhood of the MOPH we will eventually build the membership numbers. We will be running a major recruitment ad soon in the Military Times We are speaking with a major website, www.togetherweserved, which has offered its help by reaching out to their thousands of Purple Heart recipients. The American Military Society (www.amsmilitary. org) is willing to help as well, as is the USO. For the rst time, we are working on combined efforts with other military organizations to enrich our mission. They are eager to help out countrys combat-wounded veterans. And its clear that major corporations like USAA, Fed Ex and Juul Labs are gaining interest in the MOPH, as are high-net-worth individuals. Its our time. Over the next 90 days we will see real progress. Ill have good news to report. We are getting attention now, more than ever, as we seek funding and the stability we deserve. We will keep our heads down, learn from our past, but not look back. We will keep moving forward, like the true warriors we all are. O UR FUTURE LIES WITH NEW MEMBERS. Im currently in San Antonio meeting with the fellow veterans that enjoy the Afnity Programs developed by USAA. Its a great networking opportunity getting to meet other organizations, sharing our common principles and strategies while suggesting powerful complementary partnerships that enhance each partys objectives. The discussions led by the USAA Afnity team were handled in an excellent manner, very professional and informative. We discussed branding, how to tell our story, how to convey our primary benets, how to engage and deliver the Purple Heart brand, how to build on our credibility, how to remain relevant, to focus on our uniqueness and how to remain durable over the long haul.Building the Membership Roster is Vital by Douglas Greenlaw National Commanders Brieng


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART OF THE U.S.A NATIONAL OFFICERS 2018-2019 NATIONAL COMMANDERDOUGLAS GREENLAW CELL: (864) 884-6760 dgreenlaw@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL SENIOR VICE COMMANDERFELIX GARCIA III CELL: (386) 793-8065 srvicecmdrmoph@gmail.comNATIONAL JUNIOR VICE COMMANDERRICK CHERONE CELL: (262) 786-9663 hit67dt@yahoo.comCOMMANDER REGION ICHARLES J EGGLESTON CELL: (301) 332-7053 charleseggleston@purpleheart.orgCOMMANDER REGION IIJOHN D. DISMER CELL: (417) 848-1888 jdismerjd@aol.comCOMMANDER REGION IIIBARRY GASDEK CELL: (307) 399-0545 barry.gasdek@gmail.comCOMMANDER REGION IVLENNY LAZZARA CELL: (252) 626-7046 lenny0713@yahoo.comCOMMANDER REGION VCHARLES W. ADKINS JR. CELL: (479) 263-6772 CDRMOPHRGNV@aol.comCOMMANDER REGION VIJAMES L ANDERSON CELL: (661) 805-7599 jimanderson.moph@yahoo.comNATIONAL FINANCE OFFICERVACANTNATIONAL JUDGE ADVOCATEWILLIAM BILL SUHRE CELL: (970) 381-0335 Judgeadvocate@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL INSPECTORRICHARD HUNT CELL: (407) 579-6190 obakesan@att.netNATIONAL SERGEANT-AT-ARMSGARY A.WITT CELL: (434) 258-1808 gary.witt@verizon.netNATIONAL FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRDENNIS WALLOT CELL: (734) 545-0934 WORK: (734)-595-6040 wallotd@aol.comNATIONAL ADJUTANTERNESTO P. HERNANDEZ III 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK: (703) 642-5360 X: 119 FAX: (703) 642-1841 adjutant@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTORARTHUR COLEMAN III 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 PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTORPHONE: (703) 642-5360 communications@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL ADVOCACY OFFICERKRISTIN BECK valor4us@gmail.comNATIONAL SURGEONRICHARD B. SMALL CELL: (702) 513-0215 HOME: (702) 233-4410 Richardandshirley@netzero.netNATIONAL CHAPLAINJAMES MILLER PH: (803) 755-0304 Jmi2609470@aol.comNATIONAL POW/MIA COORDINATORROBERT G. CERTAIN CELL: (770) 639-3313 eagle@unchainedeagle.comNATIONAL VAVS DIRECTORDEL BULLDOG TURNER HOME: (256) 837-3474 FAX: (256) 837-3474 (CALL FIRST SO HE CAN HOOK IT UP) dplusk@aol.comNATIONAL SUICIDE AWARENESS PROGRAM OFFICERCATHRINE SHAW CELL: (843) 814-3760 cdonald1@hotmail.comDIRECTOR MOPH MEDAL RECOVERY PROGRAMZACHARIAH L FIKE CELL: (315) 523-3609 purpleheartsreunited@gmail.comNATIONAL AMERICANISM OFFICERWILLIAM J. ROUSH CELL: (269) 804-9126 HOME: (269) 945-2605 william-roush@att.netNATIONAL ROTC OFFICERROGER NEWALL CELL: (505) 610-1533 roger_newall@msn.comPURPLE HEART LEGACY & TRAIL COORDINATORMATT BRIDGES CELL: (229) 569-0915 mbridges.usmc@gmail.comNATIONAL HISTORIANDALE WILSON HOME: (808) 756-0935 docdale6@gmail.comNATIONAL WELFARE / HOMELESS VETERANS OFFICERJAMES G. HOLLAND III CELL: (850) 545-9576 Jholl44122@aol.comNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRNICK MCINTOSH HOME: (812) 944-3562 CELL: (502) 494-0256 nnnrmc@icloud.comNATIONAL VIOLA CHAIRMANROBERT BOB CONNOR CELL: (612) 369-6491 WORK: (651) 227-4456 FAX: (651) 290-0624 bconnor@mtn.orgNATIONAL ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMSKEN SWORDS CELL: (404) 374-8971 kenusmc1@yahoo.comNATIONAL BYLAWS COMMITTEE CHAIRJAMES L ANDERSON CELL: (661) 805-7599 jimanderson.moph@yahoo.comNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIRPENDINGPOST VIETNAM RECRUITMENT COMMITTEEWILLIAM NAZARIO (CHAIR) (914) 584-9301 JOHN FLENER CELL: (229) 425-8770 CHRISTOPHER VEDVICK CELL: (904) 372-3720 CHARLES EGGLESTON CELL: (301) 332-7053 CHAR GATLIN CELL: (703) 785-8697 DAVID ANDREWS purpleheartdoc@comcast.netMAILING 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 WEBSITE: www.purpleheart.orgNEWS, PHOTOS & ARTICLES:EDITOR PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE RAELYNN MCAFEE TO: MagazineEditor@purpleheart.orgMAGAZINE COMMENTS:TO: MEMBER NOTIFICATIONS (Address changes, obituaries, subscriptions)TO:


March/April 20196PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Truthful: Always give an answer to the question, but never start your response with these words: I think, maybe or why. In the service we were instructed to respond with a positive and truthful response. Always look at the good in every situation, even when things look dismal. In combat a dishonest response could mean the difference between life and death. We were instructed to consider all ideas as good, but to always give an honest and respectful response. It is difcult to say no but it often hurts more when you are truthful, so you may respond yes to avoid an unpleasant situation. It is OK to say no, even when it feels uncomfortable, and remember you are not required to give a reason for your response. Reliable: Is being that person people can count on to follow through on their commitment. In the service, during basic training we relied on each other to survive the strenuous training. If you needed help, you could always count on someone from your company to give you the support to complete your task. In combat calling in air strikes and artillery rounds to protect your position was critical to survival, and you were relying on someone else to place the rounds where they were directed. A yes man is a person who avoids an uncomfortable situation, and cannot be relied upon to follow through to complete their assignment, which is extremely important in combat. Your word is your integrity, and when your word is not believed, you are no longer reliable. Unselsh: Requires the sacrice of giving of ones self, and caring for others rst. This is the most important and hardest part of earning the trust and respect of your team members. In the military the person who does an unselfish act in combat may be labeled a hero, but that is not the reason the act was performed. Just ask anyone who wears a medal with a V and they will say, I was just doing my job. Being available when you are needed is the right thing to do. It is what we were trained to do. Some of us survived because one of our friends or a person we never met made the ultimate sacrice, so we could have a future. Safety: Is being in combat and have condence that someone has your back. Veterans talk about the vigilant conditions needed to survive and maintain a safe environment. We had other means to maintain a safe environment, such as: learned experiences, a point man, dog handlers and their dogs intuition. All of these were tools we used to keep safe. You relied on each other completely. Bonds and friendships were developed because of the closeness required to survive. Team: They always say there is no I in Team. To survive in combat you must be a team player, and always work together for the survival of the group. It was drilled into us in all our training that to survive in combat you must work, think and act as one, never leave A NY COMBAT VETERAN WILL TELL YOU that in order to survive in combat you must TRUST your team members. What is the denition of the word: T ruthful, R eliable, U nselfish, S afety, & T eam? From the rst day we entered the military, trust was drilled into us at all phases of our training. When you break down the word TRUST, it is an easy word to say, but it must be earned, and is an important part of the military environment.What Trust Means to a Combat Veteran by Rick Cherone National Jr. Vice Commanders Brieng


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE7 as of February 1, 2019 John A Lunkwicz 1513-TX-5 31 Neil Van Ess (PNC) 0366-NJ-1 26 Ryan M Sabinish 7110-MN-2 15 Joseph S Schaler 0159-IL-2 8 James D Bracken 1919-TX-5 5 Kenneth L Teunissen 5355-DK-3 5 Brian W Willette 0875-MA-1 4 NSO Joseph LaRocca PA 4 NSO Dave Srock MN 4 NSO Nickolas Easterling MI 2 NSO Paul Kaiser MI 2 NSO Theresa A Neibacher NY 1 NSO Gilbert H Ochoa TX 1 NSO Troy Westphal MN 1 NSO Martha S Yrbarra TX 1 Member Chapter No Recruited National Service Of cer State No Recruited anyone behind, know what your objective was, and always complete your task. We continued to carry this philosophy with us, even after we left the military, and returned to civilian life, and joined the MOPH. We need to work together as a team for the best of the Order, and look for the good in each other, as we sail through some rough waters. Its easy to nd the bad in anything or anyone, but it takes a team player to focus on the good when things look bad. For us to come through this year on a positive note, we must never leave anyone behind and continue to look at the positive issues, and not dwell on the negative ones. Trust is an important part in everyones life, and when you can no longer be trusted, you also lose respect. To a veteran trust is everything; once you lose it, it is hard to get it back. God Bless America and the MOPH. W E NEED TO COME TOGETHER to do everything possible to save the Order. I pray that we work together, putting our differences aside to support and encourage the leadership of the MOPH. I hope that we will stop any disagreements and strive to restore the Order to its greatness. I hate to think that we have let our Order fail on our watch. Lets continue the legacy of honor and respect that has been ours in the past and that we and those before us have shed our blood in order to earn. Now as we celebrate this coming Easter season, let us all remember His sacri ces to give us new life. I encourage each of you to enjoy this springtime with your family and friends. May God bless you and the Military Order of the Purple Heart as we work to support and help all veterans. Should you need any help with spiritual needs, please contact me at any time. National Chaplains Brie ng by James Miller Easter Greetings from the National Chaplain


March/April 20198PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Homes were leveled and lives changed forever, but all was not lost. With the help of our fellow Patriots, the region overcame adversity and began to rebuild. We did not give anyone a handout but rather a hand up as we stood shoulder to shoulder and helped each other grow stronger. My own city of New Bern, N.C., was hit hard and I was able to survey the damage and reached out to National Headquarters in order to distribute some of the Emergency Relief Fund. Then Panama City Beach, Fla., was devastated and my team and I went down and met with members of Chapter 794 and the Department of Florida in order to assist them with funding so they could make necessary repairs or pay down their exorbitant hurricane insurance deductibles. I want to personally thank all of the departments, chapters and individuals who donated money for the cause. You all directly helped these impacted communities. As we continue to push forward, we continue working to make Region IV 100 percent Purple. We are adding counties and cities to our long list of Purple Heart entities. It is our duty to honor the sacrice and valor shown by the men and women of our nation who have spilled their blood or given their very lives in the name of freedom. We in Region IV take that duty very seriously. We recently held our annual Region IV Conference in Valdosta, Ga., and shared ideas and our shared strategic vision. Even as the Order and Service Foundation struggle to work hand in hand, Region IV is stronger than ever. We continue to endeavor to strengthen our bonds of fellowship while at the same time ensuring our scal viability, all in order to continue our primary mission of helping all veterans and their families for years to come. I T IS INHERENT IN ALL OF US to help our brothers and sisters to our left and right. As we fought on the battleeld we never hesitated to help each other ght and win. We continue to do that today. When North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida were hit by catastrophic hurricanes last year we came together quickly in order to assist those who needed our help.Region IV: Stronger Than Ever by Lenny Lazzara Region IV Commanders Brieng REGION IV EVENTS CHAPTER 794 COMMANDER Dianne Rich, along with Region IV Commander Lenny Lazzara. Commander Lazzara visited Chapter 794 to survey the hurricane damage and provided funds for emergency relief to affected Patriots. NATIONAL CHAPLAIN Jim Miller received the prestigious Order of the Palmetto award for his seless service to the State of South Carolina.


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE9 REGION IV EVENTS REGION IV EVENTS SUE PENEY, a Gold Star Mother, spoke at the Region IV Conference about the need to honor all Gold Star families and not just mothers. CHAPTER 524 teamed up with the Purple Heart veterans of Florida in order to distribute three electric wheelchairs to veterans in the area. Rear: Patriot Bill Smith, Air Force Veteran Michael Winslow, National Inspector Richard Hunt. Front: Patriot Marion Bankhead. CHAPTER 576 presenting food baskets to 200 veterans and their families. They donated over 600 turkeys to service members and families stationed at Dobbins Air Force Base. REGION IV Commander Lazzara surveying the damage in Panama City Beach, Fla. Citizens had lost everything and were living in makeshift tents made up of blue tarps all over the city. A LOCAL PANAMA CITY BEACH re station that was decimated in the hurricane. REGION IV Commander opens the annual Region IV Conference by sharing his strategic vision for the region. PATRIOT MIDDLETON give National Purple Heart Trail Coordinator Matt Bridges a crayon during the Region IV Conference. A perfect snack for any hungry Marine. You can find more Region IV Events in the News & Gathering section starting on p. 29 CHAPTER 400 in Orlando, Fla., helped make DBK Construction and Diamond Resorts both Purple Heart entities.


March/April 201910PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE The studys premise is to justify privatizing care for veterans; based on distance from VA medical centers or clinics. I learned VA healthcare medical centers, based on past census data, were inuenced by World War II and Korean War Era veterans. The VA system, during that time, met the needs of returning WWII and Korean era veterans and provided care for a large portion of their population. In contrast, when the Vietnam-era veterans returnedwith less than welcoming greetingsthe previous era failed to accommodate for the rising number of disabled veterans that would need assistance transitioning back into society. During the 1970s, Congress debated and reduced benets for veterans over the decades, and the same Congressional members lobbied the VA for placement of hospitals and VA Regional Ofces for economic reasons. The 2008 economic recession is a contributing issue today in consideration with the migrating veteran population because nowadays, most veterans reside near major cities. In response to these demographic changes, VSOs are scrambling to solve workload problems. The new veterans are ling claims online and before exiting active service. Like Vietnam veterans, many of todays veterans have survived the carnage of war by the advancement of technology and medicine. These veterans all suffer some physical and psychological harm. With more Vietnam veterans seeking benets at the same rate and time new veterans from more recent conicts also pursue benets, the VA and VSOs are running to keep up. We are now at the crossroads of innovation and change. Military Order of the Purple Heart National Service Program is in the process of developing and executing a new procedure of determining where we will place our National Service Ofces. We studied the U.S. Census Bureau and Dept. of Veteran Affairs research on veteran migration. Studies show that todays climate is like what occurred in the 1950s. Many young veterans, single and married, relocated from rural and mid-size cities to large metropolitan areas. The most common reason for the move is employment. The second is better state benets, e.g., tax breaks, educational benets, and the availability of affordable housing. It is no mystery that Texas has the most signicant increase in veterans, surpassing Florida. Based on the research mentioned above, we should increase our presence in states where a large concentration of veterans reside. For years, the decision to expand or shrink the MOPH National Service Program was arbitrary, with no logical V ISION IS ESSENTIAL FOR AN ORGANIZATION and our beloved Order is no exception. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with another Veteran Service Organization (VSO) administrator about the state of Veteran Service Organizations. We discussed our challenges servicing more veterans with less staff and having limited nancial resources. I advised my colleague about a study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the RAND Corporation. The study addresses the locations and projected migration of the veteran population. I read most of the study and gained a large amount of knowledge about the location of todays veterans and projected migration patterns.Bringing the Order Into the 21st Century by Arthur Coleman III National Service Directors Brieng


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE11 data to support it. The process that we use is to calculate the number of veterans in a community and determine the percentage of the population of which the vet represents. For example, in Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there are over 400,000 veterans; the nearest NSO is in Waco, Tex. (which is about an hour and a half away). Although the VA regional of ce is in Waco, we lack a presence in the largest metro area in Texas. Our average NSO caseload measure upwards of about 2,600 Power of Attorney (POA). One-fourth of all veterans, in the state, live in Metro DFW. It could be argued the distance is not material, but how can you rebrand if you fail to connect with the people we serve? Possibly 400,000! Thus, we missed an opportunity to advocate for more veterans. Our vision is to bring the Order into the 22nd century. Whether its technology or research to make our organization more effective and ef cient, we shall expand our reach. Proud of His GrandsonMY EIGHT-YEAR-OLD grandson, Alex Commisso, submitted this drawing as his entry in a school project. I could not have been prouder when Alex drew this and thought of me. He received rst place, a blue ribbon, for the entire third grade. Submitted by a proud grandfather.Lawrence Pagnoni 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.


March/April 201912PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE I WOULD LIKE TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION to the suicide crisis that is affecting our veterans and active duty service members. I plead with each of you to view: suicide-statistics and daily-news/2019/01/30/active-duty-militarysuicides-near-record-highs-2018.html I want to encourage all Patriots to become part of the solution to this critical situation. We all have been personally touched by this crisis. Suicide devastates families and friends and the profound effects last for generations. The MOPH advocates to our nation, VSOs, communities and individuals to bring awareness to this situation. The average number of veterans/service members who take their life daily from suicide is 22. This is unacceptable. We are each a vital partner and must get involved to stop this epidemic. It all boils down to the number 1. One suicide is too many!!! Every veteran and every service members life matters. You can be the one to help save a veteran/ service members life. It is every Patriots responsibility to look out for our fellow brothers and sisters. Your actions are crucial to ending this suicide plague. Recognize the warning signs of suicide. Dont be afraid to get involved by reaching out. Check on your buddies. Do you know a veteran/service member or are you personally having thoughts of hurting or killing yourself? Do you know a veteran/service member who is depressed, withdrawn, hopeless or talking about suicide? Listen, and take their answers seriously. Seek help!!! Go to a chaplain, mental health or rst responder, call the crisis line or take them to an ER. If you are or someone you know is, struggling with stress, depression or suicidal ideation, please call the Military/VA crisis line at 800-273-8255 Press 1. It is a 24/7 line with a live person on the other end. You are not alone in this struggle; there is help. by Cathrine Shaw, National Suicide Awareness Program Of cer Solving the Suicide Crisis


Candidates Announcement For Of ce THE PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE WILL PUBLISH ANNOUNCEMENTS for Of ce following these guidelines: Those running for National Commander will be allowed a maximum of 350 words. Candidates for Senior & Junior Vice-Commander will be allowed a maximum of 300 words. Candidates for Regional Commander will be allowed a maximum of 250 words. Candidates for any other National Of ce will be allowed a maximum of 150 words. If the submissions exceed the word restrictions, the candidates will be given one week to revise their announcement. After that calendar week, the announcement will be sent to the Copy Editor for editing. All submissions for publication must be received by regular print submission deadlines: April 1st for May/June Issue. Please email submissions to Editor at 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. March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE13


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March/April 201918PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE A few weeks ago I found out that a friend of mine, a senior leader in our Army, had taken his own life. Sadly, this was not anything new; it seems that every few months I learn similar news from my circle of friends. Less than one percent of a nation of roughly 350 million people has served in uniform. That is an amazing statistic. To me, that makes that less than one percent an elite and special class of American citizens. Those veterans are the less than one percent that are willing to put their lives on the line, and the prosperity of their families, and endure the less than predictable life style of the military for the other 99 percent of the nation. They shoulder the loadoften silently and without complaintof the nations security for others and do so willingly and without an expectation of adulation or entitlement from those they serve. The veteran is a special breed of citizen that expects nothing in return but the acknowledgment and respect from a citizenry that, at times, seems ignorant of their sacrice and apathetic to their contributions. According to the last Veterans Administration study, there are about 22 veteran suicides a day, including active-duty soldiers. This averages out to about one every 65 minutes. While that statistic is staggering enough, it is hard to visualize. That is the equivalent of losing every activeduty soldier on Fort Polk in less than a year. With no action by the enemy, criminal acts, trafc accidents, disease or natural causes, the Army loses an entire brigade combat team, the cream of the corps with Operations Group, a top-notch MP battalion, an engineer battalion with specialized skills that we desperately need and a host of special medical professionals from BJACH, along with a number of other specialized MOSs that take years to train. Think about that for a minute. In less than a year, every active-duty soldier on Fort Polk is dead. What is the point of these statistics? To make you think about the enormity of the problem. Invisible wounds are present in our ranks and they are as important to address as visible wounds. After this most recent tragedy, I informed my employees. Many had known this soldier and considered him a solid leader and family man with a bright future, set to retire and enjoy the fruits of his labor. While none of us are behavioral health specialists, we are retired senior leaders in the Army, know soldiers and know the struggles veterans face. This sit-down wasnt scripted or planned, but it was probably the best suicide prevention discussion I ever had. There was no script, no slides FORT POLK, La. Let me precede this piece by saying that I am not a behavioral health specialist, a medical professional, nor do I claim to be. But with more than 30 years in the Army from private to senior NCO, to lieutenant colonel, I think this gives me a unique perspective on soldiers and their behavior. Dont Forget the Plight of Soldiers Suffering Invisible Woundsby Retired Lt. Col. Mark Leslie DPTMS chief, Plans and Operations AIRMAN 1ST CLASS COREY HOOK


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE19 and no agendait was off-the-cuff, honest talk from the heart and from men who were sick with sorrow and desperation to nd a way to suspend this wave of suicides of Americas nest. We had known warriors that had taken their own lives and were affected by it, traumatized by the haunting feeling of What did I miss, what could I have done? There was a common theme that emerged: continued engagement by leadership, by leaders closest to the problem that knew them and what they had been through. This continued engagement did not just apply to active-duty leaders; it is a persistent obligationfor lifewith those we have served in trying times. When you change command, have a change of responsibility, ETS, retire or hang up the uniform, it doesnt mean that you stop leading. Once you have led men, they will always see you that way; youre stuck with it. As their commander or leader, it is an honor and a compliment. I have driven to Texas in the middle of the night on a work week, sent money, bought plane tickets, hosted soldiers in my home for days, called friends to do a QRF and yes, even called the police to make sure one of my men was safe, long after my time as their commander was over. To lead in combat and bring them back, only to lose them years later, is devastating not only to the victims immediate family, but their Army family as well. Leaders and friends have to live with that loss, and it is no less traumatic as a combat loss. Regardless of method, a loss is still a loss, and to me, a loss due to suicide is more traumatic than a combat loss. They were alone and we werent there when they needed us most. What our group deduced is that there is no magic bullet. Soldiers in todays war live through attacks that they would have never previously lived through, due to advances in protection. But that does not mean they have no wounds. There are invisible wounds that may take years to resonate, form or evolve. For all our toughness, the one thing you cant make tougher or more resilient is the brain. If the brain is scrambled like a shaken egg in an IED blast, it may be years before a symptom or behavior is present. This war had changed my thoughts on suicide. Before, I thought only weaklings and those unprepared for the reality of combatand life chose suicide. But this war has changed that. Some of the bravest and toughest men I know, men I have personally seen exhibit Herculean acts in combat, who have saved my life at the expense of their own esh and blood, have struggled with this. They are not weak; they are wounded, and I feel just as obligated today to care for and lead them as I did then. Army leaders have to be tough, but you can also exercise empathy, compassion and caring. Obligation as a leader never ends; thats the way they see usit is the burden we bear. I think we owe it to them. They did the extraordinary for us, we are in their debt for life, to lead them and, if necessary, save them. When I heard of the recent passing of my friend, I had the urge to call one of my former soldiers who struggled with what we had experienced. This soldier had been my personal security when I was an advisor. This job was nothing ordinary and we experienced our share of horror. He had been medically retired as a result of his injuries, against his wishes. When I called, he was sitting in a parking lot in the early morning with a loaded weapon in his car. He said he had no intention of using it. I changed my plans that day and drove several hours to meet him and have a cup of coffee and reassure him that he was still a man, still a warrior and still had a lot to contribute. I ask every leader in our Army present and pastto reach out to the warriors they think may be suffering from invisible wounds. Do it today, tomorrow, next week and beyond. It is a life-long commitment. Reassure them and remind them of some of their nest hours and contributions. Let them know they still have a place, and of their self-worth. Let them know they are important, that they matter and still have more to give. Let them know that what they didand continue to domatters. Someone cares, we care, and the Army family cares. I think you will be glad you did. Consider it a gift to humanity. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide call the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 784-2433


March/April 201920PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE The CDC denes a TBI as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. The effects of a TBI are physical, cognitive and emotional. Some of the lingering effects of a TBI are: memory problems, concentration, reasoning, verbal communication, depression, anxiety, impulsiveness and other behavioral issues. In all, TBI and its associated medical conditions are dened as polytrauma. Why is TBI awareness important? I am a combatwounded veteran who was impacted by a brain injury. On June 29, 2009, my life was forever changed while on patrol in Ghazaliya, Iraq, when my vehicle was struck by an explosive-formed projectile. At the time I was serving in the U.S. Army with the 1st Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment. I sustained a moderate TBI, among other injuries. There are three main classications of TBI: 1) mild or concussion, 2) moderate, and 3) severe brain injury (shown in table 1). Learning more about TBI helped my wife and me overcome many of the challenges that come with the injury. My wife, Roxana Delgado, stepped in as my caregiver when I rst started this new journey. We both learned how to better cope and adjust to the newly-acquired disabilities. In many cases, TBI can have lingering effects, leaving the person with permanent disabilities. It wasnt any different for me. I sustained a moderate TBI and have disabilities that will be part of me for the rest of my life, including: loss of right-side peripheral vision in both eyes (bilateral hemianopsia), auditory processing disorder, neuro-sensory hearing loss, speech uency disability and chronic pain. I had to participate in therapy (e.g., physical therapy, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, among others) to learn the strategies that later helped me overcome my disabilities and regain my independence. Achieving a fullled life after a TBI is possible. It is imperative that the person with a TBI receives adequate and timely treatment with a multi-disciplinary team approach (to include the family caregiver) that focuses on the patients goals. After retiring from the military, I completed a masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and became a Certied Rehabilitation Counselor. This was possible thanks to the support of my wife, and the disability A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS ENDEAVOR TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE by SFC (Ret.) Victor L. Medina MRC, CRC, PH Recipient S USTAINING A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) was a game changer for me, as it was the end of one career and the discovery of a new path. March is TBI Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million people sustain a TBI every year. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) reported that approximately 383,000 military service members have sustained a TBI since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. TBI headachesConfusion AmnesiaDEPRESSIONexcessive cryingFatiguePAINbalanceIRRITABILITYconcentrationMEMORYNAUSEA seizuressensitivity to noisedazedUNSTEADYTASTE coordinationPAIN unsteadydizziness TASTE personality changessleep disturbanciessmellVOMITINGsmelldepression BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE21 accommodations I received when returning to school. These accommodations are provided thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Veterans with any disability should know that they are protected by the ADA. Employers and educational institutions should provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that the playing eld is leveled for all individuals with disabilities. Requesting accommodations is not a sign of weakness, but instead it creates equal opportunity in the workplace and academic institutions. As leaders, requesting accommodations when needed, sets an example for others to follow. Our rsthand experience with a TBI and meeting the many families impacted by these injuries motivated my wife and me to become active advocates for better identication, treatment and post-injury care. The TBI Warrior Foundation was born from the principles of service to others, loyalty to our community of fellow veterans and caregivers, love and compassion. The TBI Warrior Foundations mission is to improve the quality of life of veterans, civilians and children living with brain injury and their caregivers, through community integration, education and advancement programs. When appropriate, it is important for combat-wounded veterans to redene their personal meaning of success and set goals. Family caregivers can be extremely instrumental in facilitating and enhancing the health and wellbeing of veterans. Adapting and moving past the effects of disabilities, in my experience, is a family affair. During the month of March, we encourage everyone to become informed and learn how to best support the individuals and family caregivers impacted by the effects of brain injury. Traumatic brain injury awareness starts with all of us as a community. Table 1: Cassication of Traumatic Brain Injury CriteriaMildModerateSevere Structural imagingNormalNormal or abnormalNormal or abnormal Loss of Consciousness (LOC)0-30 min 30< min and < 24 hours 24< hours Alteration of consciousness/ mental state (AOC) Up to 24 hours 24< hours24< hours Posttraumatic amnesia (PTA)0-1 day1< and <7 days7 days Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) (best available score in rst 24 hours) 13-159-12<9SOURCE: RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BRAIN INJURY: Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Head for the Future Campaign Branline For more information about TBI Warrior Foundation, go to


March/April 201922PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE OT G. earned his spot, just like me, by busting his hump as a former enlisted Airmen. Back in 2010, I knew OT G. from seeing him around at OTS. He was a yer, or formerly part of the enlisted crew as an aircraft worker beebut soon hed have his dream job of ying. ______ I SAW A PICTURE of OT G. years later, on a popular social media site. He was posing as the then-freshlycommissioned Second Lieutenant G. I wondered why he would post such an old photo. So, I scrolled down to read the cursory information available below the image. It turned out to be a memorial post on the social media site. Links to news reports detailed how the now Capt. G. had crashed his aircraft in Afghanistan, killing everyone on boarda total of at least eight soulsas we ll as personnel in the aircraft control tower that his jet struck. I thought about our encounters years earliercovering half a decade in secondsand particularly the times hed told me what he wanted to do with his life: to y. At the time that I discovered the social media post, I was months away from being inbound to the militarys mortuary for a six-month deployment, or rotation. Part of me wished I could have been there for him, but then I wondered what would I really have done? Stand behind the embalmers, or encourage the young Airmen who wrapped his badly damaged remains? Surely, I would have suffered some psychological scarring that would have stayed with me for the rest of my days had I been there to see someone I once knewnow fallen. The sane part of me knew that I was in the best place I could be: not there, yet. By the time I was present and accounted for during morning musters at the militarys mortuary, Capt. G. had long been returned to his family. I think the average turnaround time from the Digni ed Transfer on the ight line with the family present, to presenting human remains to the family, dressed and pressed in their uniforms, or wrapped, at a funeral home in the decedents hometown, is something like under two weeks, tops But there are too many factors that come into play, such as a lengthy process at AFMES, where they study the remains, holding up the process of us caring for the appearance and seeing to the return of the former service members remains. AFMES, or the Armed Forces Medical Examiners System, is where most military autopsies are conducted. ______ I WOULD EVENTUALLY learn the sad truth of what happened to my old classmate, of precisely how and why he crashed, but that would come much later during my deployment. It would come in the form of an of cial Air Force accident report distributed widely through military and media The Blue Line STANDING FOR AND REMEMBERING A FALLEN AIRMANby Andre BowserIN AIR FORCE OFFICER TRAINING SCHOOL youre called an OT, for Of cer Trainee. Although he was OT G. back then to me, he would one day, like me, move up to become Capt. G. He had been a technical sergeant in the active-duty Air Force before his ascension into the of cer ranks. We former enlisteds looked at the collegeeducated elites at OTS and wondered how the hell they got there.


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE23 channels. The report would not be attering of my old classmate or particularly of an Air Force pilot shortcut that ended up killing people, all outlined in the report. The Air Force technically wasnt at fault. Try as you might to nd a good reason for something bad that happens, the truth is most times theres no good reason for any. The unsafe practice was a shortcut during pre- ight checks and preparations, and the report would state that the shortcut cost my former OTS classmate his life. It really doesnt matter at this point what the report speci cally detailed, because the outcome is immutable. Ill never talk to OT G., or Capt. G., again. The only thing that matters is that if we fall, and we still can get up we do! A memory from our time at OTS came to mind: ______ THE BLUE LINE GLOWED before meon the grassy, dewy ground. The sulfuric smell of eggs wafting in the predawn breeze was the only distraction. I was in a large crowd of other of cer trainees; focused intently on that blue line before me, which separated so many of us from our dreams of becoming U.S. military of cers. The hour was maybe 5 a.m. OT G. was somewhere out on that same eld, but I didnt know him at the time. It was in our rst week at Of cer Training School on Maxwell Air Force Basein good ole Alabamaand I was not yet used to the ne blue line that Id have to cross and then walk for the rest of my military career, amidst the smell of rotten eggs on a morning in Montgomery. Before us on a massive lawn that would be the same place where we would graduate more than four months later, a blue cord lit up like a skinny neon snake. You men and women wish to become of cers in the United States military, the strongest military in the world, but rst you must step over the blue line. Our commandant recited the words as if hed said them before, but with verve each time hed repeat them to new Of cer Training School classes. I wondered whether the Army initiated its of cer trainees by having them step over a green line, or if the Marines had a red line, or the Navy a gray line. As we all took the big step in near unisonfollowing the instructions of the senior military trainer standing far ahead of us and up on a stageI tripped and stumbled a little. The thin blue line was all that was between me and my dream of becoming an of cer, or my OTS classmates dream of ying. I never had to work the case of a fallen service member whom I personally knew during my time at the militarys mortuary, although I came close with OT G. But during my deployment, I thought a lot about that blue line, and my old OTS classmate. And I reminded myself that even if I would have fallen at on my face on that long-ago day in front of all of those other of cer trainees, simply because I could, I would have gotten right back up. This story is dedicated to all fallen, whom I now stand for. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andre Bowser is a U.S. Air Force Reserve Captain stationed at Westover Air Reserve Base, 439th Mission Support Squadron. The Blue Line: Remembering A Fallen Airmen is an excerpt of his unpublished memoirFALLEN AMONG U.S. Contact him by e-mailing or


24 Harrisons Story Harrison had just returned from driving his children to school and a visit to the VA. He had been given medication, but he was frustrated and ready to give up. He took most of his prescribed drugs with a long drink of whiskey and held a weapon to his head. He challenged God: If you want me to live, give me a sign. The phone rang, startling Harrison. It was Nick and Corey, two veterans and Heroes to Heroes coaches. They told him that he had been selected to take part in a healing journey to Israel. He looked at the gun in his hand, shocked it was there. He put it down and went to nd his passport. Harrison has now coached eight Heroes to Heroes teams. He is an advocate for his fellow veterans and is a valuable member of the Heroes to Heroes organization. 20 Veterans Die by Suicide Every Day in the United States Traditional programs are not working. A consistent factor in combating suicide is faith. Those connected to their faith are four times less likely to die by suicide than those who have no connection. The Heroes to Heroes program was inspired by this fact. The Heroes to Heroes Journey: A Year of SelfRenewal The Heroes to Heroes program begins with a 10-day journey to Israel. Teams of 12 to 14 veterans are led by two coaches (alumni of the program) and are joined by three Israeli counterparts. Why Israel? Israel offers our veterans a place where they can unashamedly experience their faith. By having the opportunity to visit sites such as Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the Galilee, our veterans can physically experience their faith as part of a group that is nonjudgmental and has open hearts. Having the opportunity to be baptized in the River Jordan helps them start over, beginning a new life.There is no other place in the world where our veterans can experience this! During their journey, our veterans experience the following: Reconnection to their faith Forgiveness Peer-to-peer camaraderie Peacefulness and emotional relief The ability to nally come home The Return Home Heroes to Heroes teams are geographically based. Upon their return home, teammates stay connected for a minimum of one year. Activities include a weekend reunion featuring a speaker to reinforce lessons learned in Israel. They also take part in college campus visits to introduce the next generation to the challenges our veterans face and how the journey to Israel impacted their lives. Enduring contact with team members and their Israeli brothers is encouraged during the year and beyond. To date, over 200 veterans have taken the Heroes to Heroes journey. How can you help? 1. Donate 2. Hold a parlor meeting (a Heroes to Heroes alumnus will speak) 3. Run a fundraising event 4. Join a local committee to support a team 5. Represent Heroes to Heroes at your church or synagogue 6. Take part in a Heroes to Heroes event (golf outings, gala, team send-offs) 7. Make Heroes to Heroes your birthday or bar/bat mitzvah project 8. Save a life: Recommend a veteran to take part in our program TO HEROES PROVIDES EROES TO HEROES FOUNDATION provides spiritual healing and peer support for American combat veterans who have attempted suicide or are on a path to self-destruction due to moral injury or Term Moral Injury.


25 JOIN USAA AND BEGIN YOUR LEGACY.USAA means United Services Automobile Association and its affiliates. Military Order of the Purple Heart receives financial sup port from USAA for this sponsorship. Use of the term member or membership refers to membership in USAA Membership Services and does not convey any legal or ownership r ights in USAA. Restrictions apply and are subject to change. To join USAA, separated military personnel must have received a discharge type of Honorable. Eligi ble former dependents of USAA members may join USAA. 2018 USAA. 253391-1218CALL 855-221-MOPH (6674) OR VISIT USAA.COM/MOPHWith USAA, youve earned access to a membership that can be passed down from generation to generation. So no matter what reasons you served for, the best reasons are yet to come. I SERVED FOR his future


Caregiving Tips PTSD What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder. The diagnosis of PTSD is made when a veteran has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following have occurred: The veteran experienced or witnessed an event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury. The veteran experienced a threat to the physical well-being of him/herself or others, and the veterans response involved intense fear, helplessness or horror. Treatment may include: Individual therapy and/or group therapy, medication. Physical and Mental Changes to Expect: While the general symptoms for PTSD are similar, the types and severity of symptoms will differ for each Veteran. Physical changes may include: dif culty staying or falling asleep; irritability or outbursts of anger; physical reactionssuch as profuse sweating, increased heart rate and rapid breathingwhen exposed to internal or external cues or reminders of the traumatic event; intense distress when exposed to internal or external reminders of the event such as certain sounds or smells; avoiding any activities, places or people that remind the veteran of the trauma. Mental changes may include: recurring and intrusive thoughts about the event; recurring and distressing dreams of the event; acting or feeling as if it the traumatic event were recurringalso known as having ashbacks; being unable to recall an important aspect of the trauma; dif culty concentrating; and efforts to avoid thoughts, feeling or conversations associated with the trauma. Emotional changes may include: intense distress when exposed to internal or external reminders of the event such as certain sounds or smells; a noticeable lack of interest or participation in important activities; feelings of detachment or estrangement from others; limited ability or inability to show affection or love; feelings of a bleak future, such as limited career or family opportunities, and shortened life span; overly alert or on guardalso known as hyper-vigilanceand/or exaggerated response when startled. What Does This Mean for Me? One of the areas in which you may notice a difference is in your social life. The veteran you care for may become uncomfortable in large crowds or unfamiliar places, and so you may nd yourself feeling more socially isolated, losing support networks or feeling the need to compensate for the veteran you care for in social situations that are uncomfortable for him or her, while providing support and encouragement at the same time. You may also have to learn coping skills to manage the stigma that is sometimes associated with mental health disorders. You may also notice a difference in your personal relationship with the veteran you care for. It is important to understand that it may be harder to talk to the veteran due to changes in his or her behavior and/or communication style. In addition, if the veteran is experiencing dif culty managing his or her anger, you may feel like you live in an atmosphere of constant chaos. If the veteran you are caring for is your spouse or partner, you may experience additional changes in your relationship. This might include feeling worried that your veteran is no longer emotionally or physically attracted to you due to emotional unavailability, or a decreased interest in physical intimacy and sexual activity. In addition, due to sleep disturbance (for example, insomnia, waking-up frequently, nightmares), many couples choose to sleep in separate beds (and rooms), which may cause further feelings of emotional separation. At times, you may experience your own feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, discouragement and loss when the veteran you care for experiences symptoms of PTSD. These reactions are normal, but can be challenging to deal with. Caregiving Tips Learn as much as you can about PTSD by reading, going to lectures, talking with others in similar situations, and talking with the veterans treatment team. A good place to start your learning is VAs National Center for PTSD. Caregiving for Veterans with Invisible Wounds March/April 201926PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE


Consider encouraging the veteran you care for to seek mental health treatment. VA has proven treatments for PTSD that help veterans manage their symptoms in all types of environments. Just remember that not everyone is ready to admit they need help, so if there is no threat of harming themselves or others, respect a veterans decision about seeking treatment. If the veteran you care for decides to seek treatment, encourage and fully support that decision. Its important for both of you. Request to be part of the veterans treatment. If the Veteran you care for agrees, talk with the mental health providers regularly. Ask questions and take notes. Recognize the veterans social and/or emotional withdrawal is due to his or her own issues and not your relationship. A veteran with PTSD will have good days and bad days. Foster relationships with family, friends, and others to stay connected and get support. Learn coping skills to manage stigma sometimes associated with mental health disorders. Pay attention to warning signs of a potential relapse, including an increase in symptoms or other changes in behavior. Keep the psychiatrist and/or therapist, local crisis team, Veterans Crisis Line, and other emergency phone numbers handy. If any veteran talks about suicide, take it seriously and seek help immediately. The Veterans Crisis Line is 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1 for veterans). Dont forget to pay attention to your own needs. Visit your doctor regularly, and get plenty of rest so you can stay strong. Your health is essential to your ability to keep providing for the veteran you care for. RESOURCES: Im Caring for a Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) What Do I Need to Know? pdf (PDF) Caring for Veterans with TBI Family caregivers play an important role in recovery. You can offer support, encouragement and guidance to your injured family member, and help ensure the treatment plan established by the medical professionals caring for the Veteran is followed. What is TBI? Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when something hits the head hard or makes it move quickly. Injuries may be due to blasts in combat, or as a result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, falling or ying objects, or assaults. There are some common physical and mental changes that can occur with TBI depending on the type and severity of the injury. Some symptoms may be present immediately, while others may appear later. Physical changes may include: problems with vision, weakness and coordination, as well as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, pain, and sleep disturbances. Thinking changes may include: memory and learning problems, decreased concentration, problems with judgment, and slower thinking. Emotional issues may include: irritability, problems managing anger or frustration, depression, anxiety, adjustment dif culties, and problems with social functioning. NEED HELP?Caregiver Support Coordinator Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the veteran you love. Enter your zip code on this site ( to view contact information for your area. Caregiver Support Line With VAs Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274 assistance is just a quick phone call away. If youre just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great rst step to take to learn more about the support thats available to you. March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE27 Continued on Pg. 28


Purple Heart RegulationCAPS Cap prices include the cap patch and the lettering Military Order of the Purple Heart and U.S.A. On the left side, and Chapter number on the front right, if requested.Mens and Ladies StyleAll white with purple piping & letters: $24.75 eachMens and Ladies StylePurple with white top, gold piping & white letters: $24.75 eachMens and Ladies StyleAll purple with white piping & letters: $24.75 $20.00 (Lettering not available)Includes direct embroidery front right side: $6.00 Associate Member Annotation: $9.50 ( in addition to cap price ). Additional letters: $0.60 each Remove/replace letters: $1.50 per letter Plastic zippered cap bag: $4.00 each Winter baseball caps: $15.00 each Dress Tie: $15.00 each* Purple tie 100% polyester with white-bordered MOPH patch (specify standard tie or clip-on) *ONE SIZE FITS ALL Allow approximately four (4) For shipping & handling, add $8.00 per order With your order, include the following when ordering: (Please print clearly) Your Name Your Address Your Chap. # Cap Size Your Tel No(s) VISA/MC No. & Expiration Date Compute the Total Amt. of your Order and email, phone or mail check or Money Order to:KEYSTONE PLEASE NOTE: ALL RUSH ORDERS WILL INCUR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE/FEE March/April 2019Caregiving Tips 1. It is often dif cult for an individual with TBI to multitask, so give one instruction at a time. Try using lists, memory notebooks, and calendars to organize daily tasks. 2. Be sensitive to the issue of fatigue. If your family member seems tired or overwhelmed, suggest they take a break. 3. Establish a routine in which your family member pre-plans activities for the day. Scheduling the most important activities for the morning is a good idea, because energy levels tend to decline over the course of the day. 4. Attend visits to the medical provider with your family member and provide detailed information about the veterans progress and challenges. Ask questions and take notes. 5. Be supportive and patient, and dont forget to also take care of yourself. Remember, you are doing the best you can and you are making a difference in your loved ones life. RESOURCES For support and information about the assistance available from VA, call VAs Caregiver Support Line toll-free at 1-855-260-3274. To learn more about TBI, diagnosis and treatment, visit VAs Polytrauma website, or VAs Public Health website. For training on how to care effectively for yourself as a Caregiver, try VAs Caregiver Self-Care Courses. Fact Sheet: Im Caring for a Veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), What Do I Need to Know? (308.24 KB, PDF) Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What is TBI?* (online course by PsychArmor) Invisible Wounds of War at Home: TBI What Families Can do* (online course by PsychArmor) SOURCE: Index.asp


NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE PATRIOTS LES BEATY AND DANNY LARA accepting a $2,000 donation from Invenergy Wake Wind Energy Center, Crosbyton, Tex., for the construction of the Regional Monument of Courage.MOPH Chapters 524 and 795 Assist Coast Guard Families in Jacksonville, Florida, During the Government Shutdown D URING THE 35-DAY government shutdown in January, Servicemembers in the U.S. Coast Guard were required to perform their normal duties, including deployments, that left many family members without the money necessary to lead their normal lives. Among those affected were the Coast Guard families in the greater Jacksonville, Fla., region, including those living and working at the Mayport Coast Guard Station. Faced with mounting bills, mortgages that were due and not knowing when the shutdown would end, some families were forced to turn to food banks and pantries for help. In the greater Jacksonville area, local organizations stepped up to assist their local Coast Guard families. In Mayport, the Mayport United Service Organization (USO) and the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM), offered assistance to the nearly 600 active Coast Guard members and their families with help for mortgages and rent, food and other needed items. The executive director of the USO, Mike OBrien, put the call out to the community to encourage donations of food, baby items and pet supplies. Hearing the call, the Patriots of Lady Lake Chapter 795 and Jacksonville Chapter 524 contacted Joyce Scallion, director of the Mayport USO, to see how they could help. They were told that the best contribution they could make was gift cards that the families could use to purchase gasoline in order to get around. On Jan. 28, the Mayport USO hosted a No Dough Dinner for the families of all active duty military members in the area, a no-cost dinner they provide twice each month. For this particular dinner, they were joined by Chapter 795 Commander Reggie Nealy and Sr. Vice Commander John Bircher, and by Chapter 524 Commander Jim Wellmon, and Patriots Lee Brown, Bill Smith, Chris Vedvick and Eddie Harrison to present 40 pre-paid gift cards valued at $1,000 for distribution to Coast Guard families in need. Members of the Mayport Coast Guard expressed their appreciation for the donation and especially their gratitude to the Patriots of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for caring about the welfare of their fellow military members. Patriots and Coast Guard members in attendance at the No Dough Dinner on Jan. 28. Food being prepared High school students helping out USO HallMarch/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE29


March/April 201930PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE Nurses Honored by MOPH Chapter 811MOPH CHAPTER 811 in Northwest Florida worked for three years to make a monument thanking the unsung heroes of wartime, the nurses who care for us in the worst of times. The monuments unveiling ceremony had an attendance of well over 500 people, including members from the Dept. of Florida, national, Florida State government representatives, senators, congressman, and mayors of 10 cities. The person who advocates for you at the weakest point in your life is the nurse that sees you through the darkest times of your life, said William Everett, Adjutant from MOPH Chapter 811. Each of us as Purple Heart recipients remembers a nurse or nurses who aided our wounds. Many of these nurses were never seen again, no thank you for their care was ever given, and that is why Chapter 811 began the hard work to leave a monument for nurses, Everett explained. The granite obelisk will pay tribute to four nurses, both military and civilian, living and deceased, who have shown an extraordinarily caring heart in their work.Nurses from Northwest Florida State College unveiling the monument during September ceremony. NORTHERN YORK HIGH SCHOOL in Pennsylvania recently honored Purple Heart recipients of Capitol Chapter 11. L to R: Rick Shultz, Charlie Dunn, John Botchie, Pete Verbos, Dick Shellenberger and Tom Campbell CHAPTER 36, OCEAN COUNTY, N.J., held a presentation on February 8 for the manager of the Whiting, N.J., WAWA for his continued support of fundraising. L to R: Commander Tim Baranyay, WAWA manager Ed Duf eld, and Finance Of cer Tom Schultz. What's New on the Purple Heart Trail?CHECK OUT all the activities and new Purple Heart entities occurring on a regular basis on MOPH Social Media: Facebook @MOPHUSA Instagram @MOPH_HQ Twitter @MOPH_HQ


March/April 201931 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE ALL TROOPS, A,B,C,D, & HQ, 3/5 CAVALRY, 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION (VIETNAM, 1965-1973), Contact: Al Cavasin, (517)524-6228 or 117TH AHC VIETNAM REUNION June 11, 2019 Augusta, GA Our reunion is held in conjunction with the VHCMA Annual Reunion. Augusta Marriott Hotel on Convention Center 2 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA Contact: Al Bennett (850)834-3376 or 249th ENGINEER BATTALION ASSOCIATION REUNION September 12, 2019 Kansas City, MO All veterans that have served in the 249th Engineer Battalion from 1944 to present active duty members serving in the 249th and their families are welcome to attend. Contact: Robin Wandell, (660)815-1166 or (ESSAYONS) VETERANS OF THE ARMY FIRST ENGINEER BATTALION ANNUAL REUNION September 2225, 2019 Deadwood, SD Contact: ARMY OCS REUNION April 28May 1, 2019 all branch classes 1941 Present Online registration is available at: Contact: Nancy Ionoff, Reunion Coordinator, at or (813)917-4309 26TH MARINES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REUNION August 2325th, 2019 New Orleans, LA 26ers of all times, Iwo to current (Regiment, MEU, and supporting units) are welcome. See for details. Contact: Sonny, (512)825-4730 or email US ARMY VIETNAM DUSTERS, QUADS, SEARCHLIGHTS, VULCANS, HAWK 37TH ANNUAL REUNION May 14thth, 2019 Mobile, AL Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel Operation Gulf CoastContact: Bruce Geiger (914)576-1050, website: www.ndqsa.comw MOPH CHAPTER 1782 Commander Richard Drago and General George Washington (John Koopman) stand in front of the Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge, N.Y., for the annual three-day George Washingtons birthday celebration. The Hasbrouck House served as Washingtons HQ in Newburgh during part of the American Revolution. A cake is cut and served all three days by the general, there are cannon re and musket volleys, and the Continental Army soldiers drill in formation. The historic site, composed of the six-acre grounds, the house and the museum, is open to the public for tours and is free on these days. Over the three-day celebration, the site in Newburgh, N.Y., averages 600-700 visitors a day. AL POCHEK AT LOCH RAVEN VAMC Susan Kern, VA Maryland representative, received a check from Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Maryland to help purchase new televisions for the facility. Presenting the check on behalf of the department is Lee Chambers (Chapter 122) and Murray Simon (Chapter 577).


March/April 201932PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE SPOTLIGHT C HAPTER 708 members met 10-year-old Kyleigh Boone, a student at Greene County Tech School in Paragould, Ark., and her family in 2016. Chapter 708 had set up an information booth at the Greene County Fair in September 2016; Kyleighs father, Brandon Boone, was coaching a softball team for 10-year-olds and under and they had sat up a booth across from the MOPH. The team was called the Phantoms and their color was purple. That drew Kyleigh to our booth and we learned that Brandon was a Purple Heart recipient also. We saw her every day for a week and she visited our booth daily. Kyleigh had baked a pecan pie, using her grandmothers recipe, and entered it at the county fair, and she won a blue ribbon for it. After the fair ended her father contacted Chapter 708 and said Kyleigh wanted to bake some pecan pies and sell them for Thanksgiving then donate the proceeds to Chapter 708 for them to help Purple Heart recipients and other veterans. This was entirely Kyleighs idea, her father said, and Chapter 708 gave her all of their support. Brandon posted this on Facebook and expected perhaps 15 or 20 orders. After a few hours they had to take the post down because they had received over 100 orders. This was so successful that the Boones had to purchase a second oven to bake the pies and keep up with the orders. They extended the project through the Christmas holiday and sold over 200 pies. The donation Kyleigh presented to Chapter 708 was for $2,000 dollars. This took all of them by surprise and the thing that impressed members the most about Kyleigh was the fact that she did this to help others, not thinking about herself. Kyleigh has done this fundraiser for three years in a row and plans to do it again this coming Thanksgiving. Kyleigh presented the chapter with another $2,000 in 2017 and a check for $2,500 for her 2018 Pie Sale Fundraiser. To show the appreciation to Kyleigh for her hard work and her donating the proceeds to the chapter to help local veterans, Chapter 708 presented her with a plaque and a certi cate of appreciation the rst year she did this. In 2017 Chapter708 presented Kyleigh with a Purple Heart necklace. with a heart-shaped purple setting, and a certi cate of appreciation. For the year 2018, Chapter 708 presented Kyleigh with a set of Purple Heart-shaped earrings to go with her necklace and a certi cate of appreciation. Kyleigh baked her pecan pies, wrapped them in plastic wrap with the name of a local Purple Heart recipient attached to every pie locally in Northeast Arkansas. Kyleigh is a very special young lady and has been recognized for her caring and sel ess act. She has been on local news television programs and in the local newspapers. Kyleigh just turned 13 this year and she has a heart of gold. Brandon Boone became a member of Chapter 708 in 2017 and they look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Kyleigh and her family. Pictured with Kyleigh making her donation are from L to R: Patriot Brandon Boone, Commander Everett Evans, Kyleigh and Finance Of cer Loyd Davis.


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE33 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE Fundraising IdeasPurple Heart Chapter 730 hosts rst annual Poker Night fundraiser Tax Donations AARON A. WEAVER Chapter 776, from Lecanto, Fla., has teamed up with H&R Block and Block Advisors to bring donations into their chapter. For every new client who les their taxes with H&R Block or Block Advisors, $20 will be donated to our chapter. The total donation amount is unlimited. A nonprot referral ID is used when ling taxes with either of these businesses. CHAPTER 1000 serving a Christmas dinner to the families of deployed service members of Moody Air Force Base. More Region IV EventsREGION IV COMMANDER Lazzara with Congressman Austin Scott. Representative Scott spoke at the Region IV Conference about his support for the Order and veterans within the community. THE DEPARTMENT of Georgia attending the Governors Veterans Breakfast. MOPH CHAPTER 820 members at Perry, Okla., Green Valley nursing home presenting blankets to the veteran residents. FUNDRAISING BY CHAPTER 730 at a local Vons store was a huge success this past February.


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 DD-214 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 DD-214 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. DD-214 DD-215 (supported by DD-214) 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: Have you been convicted of a Felony? Yes NoDocumentation 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 DD-214 DD-215 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 10/4/18)


Price List HEADQUARTERS SUPPLY LIST Effective January, 2016 Prices Include Shipping & Handling All Orders Must Be Pre-Paid VA Residents Add 5% Sales Tax NOTE: Check Return Fee of $45 per Returned Check Orders can be placed online through your Netforum Membership Portal Questions: Chapter & Department Flags & Banners Please Note: Custom Orders are screen print Item #S3000 Department Flag White & US Color Set 4 1/3 x 5 1/2 Complete set with accessories to include: $450.00 stands, ag poles, gilt eagle & gold spear, fringed chords, dust covers & ag carrying belts Item #S3001 Department Flag White 4 1/3 x 5 1/2 (Nylon) Complete set with accessories to include: $320.00 stand, ag pole, gold spear, fringed chord, dust cover & ag carrying belt Item #S3002 Chapter Flag Purple & US Color Set 4 1/3 x 5 1/2 Complete set with accessories to include: $450.00 stands, ag poles, gilt eagle & gold spear, fringed chords, dust covers & ag carrying belts Item #S3003 Chapter Flag Purple & 4 1/3 x 5 1/2 (Nylon) Complete set with accessories to include: $320.00 stand, ag pole, gold spear, fringed chord, dust cover & ag carrying belt Item #S3004 US Flag Fringed 4 1/3 x 5 1/2 Complete set with accessories to include: $210.00 stand, ag pole, gilt eagle, fringed cord, dust cover & ag carrying belt Item #S3010 Banner Purple & Gold Includes all accessories $275.00 Outdoor Flags Please Note: Custom Orders are screen print Item #S3005 Custom Outdoor Flag 4 x 6 Purple Flag with white screen printed lettering $300.00 custom order item Item #S3006 Custom Outdoor Flag 4 x 6 White Flag with white screen printed lettering $300.00 custom order item Item #S3007 Outdoor Flag 3 x 5 Purple Flag with white screen printed lettering $70.00


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


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART AUXILIARY SUPPLY LIST 2018-2019101 MOPHA LOGO PIN 1 or 2 pins $6.00 each, 3 or more pins $5.00 each per order 102 LIFE MEMBER PIN $12.00 103 UNIT PRESIDENT PIN $10.00 104 PAST UNIT PRESIDENT PIN $12.00 105 DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT PIN $10.00 106 PAST DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT PIN $12.00 201 PATCH MOPHA LOGO, embroidered 3 x 2 1/2 inch $ 6.00 204 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 Email: MAIL ORDER ONLY MOPHA caps are ordered through Keystone Uniform Cap Corporation 2251 Fraley Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137 Phone: 215-821-3434 Fax: 215-821-3438 Online orders can be processed at:


March/April 201938PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE National Presidents Note by Diane PetriniThis year, MOPHA member Rachel Perez is chairing a committee to develop programs targeting our junior members. Junior members are under the age of 14. Our new name permits inclusion of extended family members, so we hope to reach out to these junior members to promote more family-friendly activities. This spring, the committee will initiate a plan to ask junior members to participate in a photo project with their Purple Heart recipient and to describe what the member means to them. The photo project will be on display at our national convention. Please encourage your junior members to participate! Recognizing that the key to a strong organization is ongoing communication, the MOPHA leadership team initiated monthly video calls for all of our members. The monthly calls allow all members to participate! The latest news, updates and plans are discussed, as well as an opportunity for members to ask questions. It is wonderful to see everyone on the call and to share information with our members! Topics for future calls will include information on the department conventions and the national convention, as well as news about the MOPHA. The videoconferences are free and can be accessed via computer, iPad or by calling in. A monthly reminder is sent with the login information for the calls. Please join us for our monthly calls on the third Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. The calls last no longer than one hour. (If you are not receiving the notices about the monthly calls, please contact your unit or me.) Are you receiving the National General Orders from the MOPHA? Do we have your current email address and phone number? Did you know you are able to update your own information by logging in to the MOPHA website: If you need help, please contact our Membership Officer, Tara Waugh at W E ARE EXCITED TO REPORT that many of our units have already participated in the MOPH Helping our Veterans (HOV) program! In the few past months, HOV funds sponsored holiday parties and provided gift cards to homeless veterans in Georgia; sponsored an afternoon tea for women veterans in California; provided gift baskets for women veterans in Ohio; helped homeless veterans in Mississippi with food baskets; facilitated making lap robes for veterans in Minnesota; and various other projects throughout the country. In this Year of the Unit, we want to provide our members with opportunities and resources to help veterans on a local level. This program funds projects at the unit level for the benet of our veterans. Please contact me if your unit or department would like to participate in the HOV program! The Year Of The Unit Updates Auxiliary


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE39 RESOURCE OF THE MONTH: VA MOBILE HEALTHThe Veterans Administration (VA) has an APP Store! VA Mobile Health aims to improve the health of Veterans by providing technologies that expand clinical care beyond the traditional ofce visit. The VA apps are developed for both Veterans and VA care teams, offering safe and secure mobile access to patient data, and providing more opportunities for Veterans to be active participants in their health care. VA Mobile Health underscores VAs commitment to transforming the way care is delivered and to improve communications and health care coordination between Veterans and their care teams. VA recognizes that mobile health is emerging as an essential element of health care, and is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date technologies to enhance patient experiences. Some of the APPS available include the PTSD COACH, The MINDFULLNESS COACH, RX REFILL, VA ONLINE SCHEDULING, ASK A PHARMACIST, and many more. To access available apps, visit (Note: A VA Logon may be required for some apps) A U X I L I A R Y NATIONAL OFFICERS 2018-2019 PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI (Joseph) 17607 Montero Rd. San Diego, CA 92128 Phone: 619-379-2513 SR VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ P.O. BOX 120085 Chula Vista, CA 91912 Phone: 619-997-5501 JR VICE PRESIDENT AMANDA FLENER (John) 220 El Harris Rd. Fitzgerald, GA 31750 Phone: 229-325-8106 CHAPLAIN BARBARA WALLER (George) 270 65th St. San Diego, CA 92114 Phone: 619-952-7015 SECRETARY JUDY FIDDLER (Mike) 1231 13th St. SE Massillon, OH 44646 Phone: 330-880-3364 TREASURER TRACY DERR (Doug) 21500 Nowlin St. Dearborn, MI 48124 Phone: 734-837-7412 MEMBERSHIP OFFICER TARA WAUGH 190 E. Olmstead Dr., C-12 Titusville, FL 32780 Phone: 321-307-0989 MOPHAMEMBERSHIP@gmail. com REGION I PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ REGION II PRESIDENT KAREN LARABEL 2854 Woodward Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 Phone: c616-717-1056 h-616-531-2812 REGION III PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ REGION IV PRESIDENT MOLLY WARE 3314 Hills Rd., Augusta, GA 30906 Phone: 706-294-2823 REGION V PRESIDENT DORIS WILLIAMS 136 Billy the Kid Dr. Nolanville, TX 76559 Phone: 254-681-6122 REGION VI PRESIDENT VICKY MANJARREZ (Ronald) PO Box 337, Pioneer, CA 95666 Phone: h 209-295-1611 c 408-691-0458 MARSHAL DIXIE PICKART 5604 NW 88th St., Johnston, IA 50131 Phone: 515-251-3998 PARLIAMENTARIAN JAN KNAPP (Ron) P.O. Box 150, Six Lakes, MI 48886 Phone: 231-881-0735 AMERICANISM/ PATRIOTIC INSTRUCTOR KAY JO BAUCOM 3024 Helms Pond Rd., Monroe, NC 28110 Phone: 704-242-1391 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 CHERYL PEREZ FINANCE I YEAR CHAIR JAN KNAPP (Ron) Phone: 231-881-0735 FINANCE 2 YEAR ML HYNES (Kevin) Phone: 252-240-9672 FINANCE 3 YEAR TERRI SHATTUCK (Bill) P.O. Box 84, Mio, MI 48647 Phone: 989-390-4956 FINANCE 4 YEAR GLORIA SANCHEZ (Washington) 2229 Gates Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32312 Phone: 850-212-3260 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 INSOOK GAY (John) Phone: 831-261-4146 MUSICIAN ARDIS KEIZER Phone: 616-656-5956 PUBLIC RELATIONS DAR SCHUFF (Lee) 742 Millbrook Dr. Neenah, WI 54956 Phone: 920-725-2780 VAVS REPRESENTATIVE LINDA VAREJCKA (Jim) 450 Conestoga Ave. Hickman, NE 68372 Phone: 402-580-2549 VAVS DEPUTY OUIDA ANN TURNER Phone: 256-298-0755 VIOLA CHAIR LISA JANISSE P.O. Box 490 Indian River, MI 49749 Phone: 231-290-1826 WEBMASTERS ML HYNES (Kevin) Phone: 252-240-9672 ANGELIQUE HERRAN (Jeff) Phone: 720-494-1106


March/April 201940PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service National Jr. Vice Presidents Note by Amanda FlenerReaching out to your current members is also a great place to start. Ask if they have others in their family eligible to join that could attend with them. Now that unit and department officers can pull their rosters online, it is easy to create mailing labels to send something out to members. This year National President Petrini asked me to serve on a committee to investigate and report on post9/11 membership outreach, speci cally on ways our units can include and reach the most recent generation of potential members. Overall suggestions include having family-friendly events like hosting a summer picnic, BBQs or even a potluck at meetings. Some are reaching out to local college veteran student groups. However, we have to make our units and departments desirable to be a part of. We have to be inviting, welcoming and inclusive of newcomers. While working on a couple of surveys dealing with participation in veteran organizations between 2016 and the present, its no surprise that aging members and lack of participation are the top challenges to membership. Other challenges include the time or location not being convenient. Did you know that the top reason why people participate is because they want to help others? A few note that strife and not getting along with members play a role in lack of participation. We must be mindful of the atmosphere of our gatherings. To attract new or younger members, we have to give them space and provide a sense of purpose. New members likely dont want to just come and sit through a meeting. They want to take part and be active. Most people desire to give back, to be part of projects and outreach to veterans in their local communities. Maybe your unit can start a project with funding from the HOV (Helping Our Veterans grant) or reach out to Senior Heroes and honor them in some way (email the national president for details on these programs) We have many remarkable units and amazing members. If you see areas where you can improve, make changes now to keep our organization alive and thriving. H AVE YOU TALKED TO SOMEONE LATELY who is eligible for membership but hasnt joined our Auxiliary? Are you friends on Facebook with those who are spouses, kids, parents or siblings of Purple Heart recipients? What is keeping you from asking them to join you at your next unit or department event? Pick up the phone or drop them a quick note to say, I just wanted to reach out and invite you. Membership Outreach Auxiliary CHANGES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Please send ADDRESS changes, DEATH of a Member & SUBSCRIPTIONS to: MOPH: MOPH National Headquarters 5413-B Backlick Road, Spring eld, VA 22151 Voice (703) 642-5360 Fax (703) 642-1841 MOPHA (Address & death changes) : Tara Waugh 190 E. Olmstead Dr. C-12, Titusville, FL 32780


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE41 REGION IV EVENTS REGION IV EVENTS R EGION IV STARTED 2019 off by hosting its Annual Conference on January 26 in Valdosta, Ga. The leadership began by working hard to establish the years priories and objectives. Accomplishments that derived from the conference included: identifying the processes the region would incorporate into regular business, meeting the 2018 MOPH Auxiliary National Convention theme Year of the Unit that was set by the MOPH Auxiliarys National President, introducing the School of Instruction agenda, and presenting events from the Regions Departments and Units. NOTE: Among the distinguished guests at the conference were Susie Peney, a Gold Star Mother, and a Veterans Administration Service Ofcer. Molly Ware, Region IV President SHOWN are pictures from the 2019 Region IV Conference Highlights of Department/ Unit Reports Dept. of Florida: Department Convention will be held April 12 and 13. Donated to Fisher House in Tampa. Participated in Wreaths Across America. Unit 566 Pensacola, Florida: Donated picnic benches. Unit 465 Atlanta, Georgia: Met with veterans who are having benefit problems. Working with veterans to get reclassied to honorable discharge. Unit 425 Augusta, Georgia: Received Helping Our Veterans funds in December 2018 of $250 and used at the VA Medical Center. Unit 596 Georgia: A Unit 596 member donated $7,000 to purchase a Tiny Home in a community the city of Savannah is building. Ten of the homes are dedicated for use by homeless veterans. NC Unit Activities: Made small lap robes to patients at VA hospitals. Raised funds for flights for veterans to Washington, D.C.


March/April 201942PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE MOPHA In Memoriam Reported as of February 1, 2019 Name DEPT Unit Deceased Name DEPT Unit DeceasedFloyce Adams MS NML 3/25/16 Susan Alford OK 589 8/28/17 Eula Allison TN NML 2/23/15 Josephine Alunno CA DML 3/15/06 Margie Amarillas CA DML 5/17/14 Sally Anderson ME NML 9/27/18 Lorraine Bain TX 1952 5/23/14 Christine Balint CT NML 6/29/14 Gloria Ballantyne CA DML 6/12/11 Frances Banghardt NJ NML 4/1/00 Christine Bardill TN NML 3/5/16 Sarah Barison AZ NML 11/5/02 Odessa Barton AL NML 10/17/12 Lorraine Beninato LA 1955 4/26/17 Mary Bennett TN NML 12/17/14 Agnes Bishop IN NML 3/6/12 Bess Blissard NC 638 9/30/10 Christine Bock MO NML 11/9/11 Mary Brabant MO NML 5/24/17 Myrtle Brandon VA NML 6/12/16 Doris Braun CA DML 3/24/11 Mabel Brunner AZ NML 11/30/13 Gladys Bryan TX 1836 2/17/12 Ruth Bryant IA NML 1/8/09 Lillian Busby MN 268 4/11/14 Jane Cadeau MI DML 8/30/15 Vergie Caple MO NML 8/24/14 Waunita Caraway WA NML 4/9/06 Julia Carter VT NML 5/30/16 Juliette Cecchi CA 15 12/15/83 Anna Chaney OK 589 12/11/15 Stella Chavez NM NML 10/16/04 Mary Chergo CO 375 5/14/11 Mary Cholish FL NML 12/31/08 Irene Chubbee OK 589 8/31/17 Jean Clark FL NML 2/13/13 Ruby Clevenger IN NML 5/19/02 Connie Clouser TN NML 3/11/13 Diane Coates MI 127 12/21/2018 Alice Cole OR 72 7/4/10 Marjorie Coleman MO NML 6/15/11 Leta Collins TN NML 1/31/14 Lucille Cook NJ NML 4/28/18 Norma Corrado OH 31 12/23/18 Melita Cox CA DML 9/17/10 Elizabeth Crawford TX DML 2/2/16 Consuelo Curly KS NML 7/1/16 Lorraine Curtin NY DML 2/15/03 Katherine DAngelo PA NML 1/13/13 Velma Dablemont MO NML 10/15/16 Doris Davo TX 1849 4/24/05 Mary De La Torre AZ NML 5/20/10 Maria DeBusk VA NML 3/4/16 Placida DeWitt CA DML 6/9/11 Phyllis Dihel WA NML 6/1/13 Norma Durkee CA DML 9/4/12 Ellora Easley AZ NML 11/26/16 Angelica Edwards CA DML 11/30/10 Lydia Epple FL 741 11/11/11 Sophie Ferens NY DML 10/23/10 Pauline Ficus MO NML 3/18/13 Lois Fields TN NML 1/29/04 Nan Fletcher TX 1952 2/20/16 Anna G Flynn DE 1787 August 2018 Joan Franz ME NML 10/25/16 Doloras Fryhling MT NML 10/23/18 Rose Galkin CA DML 4/14/00 Ana Garca TX 1849 10/18/12 Alma Gendron NH NML 10/29/16 Jacqueline Gilman SC NML 11/11/16 Bettie Glester MO NML 2/23/05 Bonita Gongre LA DML 4/7/13 Mary Grant AL NML 4/27/18 Elaine Grear NJ NML 11/20/14 Elsie Green FL NML 9/25/10 Angie Griesbeck TN NML 10/28/11 Mary Grijalva NM NML 6/14/17 Rose Grout-Nordholm OR NML 12/23/09 Lucille Guanella MN 8 7/5/11 Emma Hall MO NML 10/16/16 Jerry Hammer NE NML 9/17/16 Rita Hannan NY 21 (DML) 11/10/2018


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE43 Marie Hansen TX 393 1/13/14 Georgia Harmeyer MO NML 10/27/17 Barbara Headrick TN NML 4/1/03 Ione Hebeisen TX 393 3/6/07 Irene Hems PA NML 3/20/16 Dorothy Higbee CA DML 3/6/10 Inis Hill OR NML 1/24/16 Arlene Hinton NY NML 5/31/08 Tommie Hipsher TN NML 7/12/18 Lorene Holloway KS NML 9/23/09 Mary Holt AR NML 6/9/13 Margaret Huffman TN NML 6/25/16 Sylvia Huggans WY NML 1/15/13 Rose Marie Isner OH 718 (DML) 06/25/2018 Eleanor Jasper NY DML 2/3/16 Christine Johnson AZ NML 2/27/13 Lillian Johnson FL 535 12/5/98 Caroline Jones MN 268 12/30/13 Fern Justice CA DML 3/6/05 Gwendolyn Kasper FL NML 8/15/15 Lillie Kee TX 1952 4/28/15 Violet Kilgore TX 1849 3/18/18 Mary King TN NML 8/18/18 Leila Kneisel CA DML 5/16/18 Mary Knitter FL NML 4/9/17 Joan Kogutz MI 127 5/3/13 Elaine Krause MI DML 4/18/16 Helen Kunz DML December 2018 Mildred Kuptz WI 162 Dorothy Laurance OR NML 4/17/12 Earlene Ledford MS 690 5/14/17 Regina Lewis TN NML 7/22/04 Dean Lindsay AL NML 2/14/16 Anna Logoda NJ NML August 2014 Daisy Lombardi CA NML 6/12/17 Pauline Long TX DML 6/28/16 Nancy Lopez TX 1952 12/16/12 Nina Luckow IL 323 3/7/13 Alma Lundberg MT NML 6/17/17 Mary Mackenzie NJ NML 2005 Marion Mahoney FL NML 9/30/16 Imelda Mann AL NML 8/9/08 Irene Martin TX 393 11/15/16 Mildred Matkovich MI 91 4/25/14 Jean McCardle MS 803 12/16/02 Thelma McClelland LA 1996 4/21/14 Thelma McDaniel WV NML 4/19/13 Luise McKenna MI 1985 6/16/18 Tommie McKinney TN NML 3/15/12 Saundra McLain TN NML 8/3/14 Jewel McRae MI 1985 1/6/18 Hazel Mealka AZ NML 12/16/10 Helen Menard FL NML 9/7/08 Mary Merz AZ NML 5/8/17 June Meyer NC NML 4/28/05 Betty Miles MI 91 7/14/18 LaVerne Miller IL NML 5/1/15 Betty Mineau MI 1985 9/10/14 Dorothy Monfette VT NML 3/7/17 Alice Moore WA NML 10/31/10 Myrtle Morelle MT NML 3/19/07 Joan Mullins MO NML 1/4/16 Shirley Myers MD NML 12/1/10 Tessie Nay KS NML 6/26/11 Kathyrn Neal AL NML 6/18/08 JoAnne Nelson TN NML 10/14/09 Patricia Newton KY 146 8/26/17 Helen Norris OK NML 9/25/16 Rachel OConnor AL NML 9/4/15 Claire L Ogata CA DML 04/15/2018 Gertrude Ogden TX 393 5/14/16 Susan Ogle OK 589 11/12/18 Dora Otero TX 393 9/9/18 Amanda Owens AR NML 1/27/17 Shirley Owney NC 638 8/26/11 Marilyn Painter MO NML 10/4/11 Ida Paknik WV NML 9/8/15 Leona Parko AR NML 5/9/12 Harman Parman TX 1849 11/23/09 Helen Partridge AL NML 2/13/18 Josephine Patino TX 393 3/18/15 Juanita Patterson AR NML 1/5/10 Martha Pearce AR NML 4/25/13 Goldie Peregoy WY NML 9/11/03 MOPHA In Memoriam Name DEPT Unit Deceased Name DEPT Unit Deceased


March/April 201944PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Dorothy Peters TX 1849 10/21/13 Sarah Peterson NY 3 10/8/11 Poley Petty TN NML 7/5/16 Norma Pfaller MA NML 4/22/15 Annie Phillips TN NML 8/28/14 Ann Piccioca NY DML 8/15/18 Catena Piti SD NML 11/3/16 Helen Popwell AL NML 9/21/12 Bettye Poteete OK 589 11/3/15 Esther Powell WA 72 7/9/15 Audra Powers AR NML 11/16/12 Eugenia Rackis MD NML 5/8/07 Glynn Radulski MI NML 4/2/16 Sandra Raley KY 146 6/8/16 Iris Raymer VA NML 10/4/09 Edna Reid OR NML 3/5/02 Patricia Reigel PA 390 7/29/18 Virginia Reinagel TN NML 9/9/12 Mattie Robinson TN NML 8/2/10 Lois Rodriguez MD NML 1/17/17 Margie Roller AR NML 6/24/14 Emma Romo NM NML 12/20/17 Betty Rose MI 110 3/26/13 Doris Ross MI 1985 2/12/14 Theda Rounds FL NML 2/11/15 Pauline Sabatelli CA DML 9/14/06 Catherine Sacco CA 49 6/12/2016 Ethel Sampson TX 1952 8/12/13 Virginia Sanders WA NML 3/21/08 Blanche Sanders TN NML 12/25/14 Sarah Saunders CA DML 3/16/11 Grayce Saville MD NML 11/4/15 Dorothy Schuitema MI 91 3/31/17 Eugenia A. Schulte NE 260 12/21/2018 Rosalie Schultz CA NML 6/25/12 Mary Self AL NML 7/26/07 Mary Sharp TN NML 11/15/16 Edith Shepard AR NML 9/25/12 Myrtle Sherburn WA NML 12/31/12 Aileen Shoptaugh OR NML 3/24/15 Eleanor Singh TX 393 4/3/12 Mary Smith FL NML 6/16/07 Joanna Smith FL NML 8/2/12 Lucille Snider TX 393 11/8/14 Irene Somers IL 144 1/15/18 Betty Spencer AR NML 4/6/13 Patsy Spivey GA 425 8/4/11 Nellie Sponaugle MD NML 2/8/17 Margaret Staley IN NML 9/7/17 Lillian Steele TX 1836 6/3/07 Dora Steinert KS NML 3/2/15 Elsie Stem TN NML 11/21/13 Suzanne Stensby TN NML 10/1/15 katherine Stephenson AR NML 7/24/07 Benita Sterne AL NML 8/8/15 Wanda Sultzer MO NML 4/14/06 Marilyn Swan TX 1919 12/20/17 Helen Swatzyna TN NML 3/18/17 Lucy Taylor AL NML 4/19/13 Elva Tibbit TX 1849 1/20/17 Evelyn Tyser NE 200 1/20/15 Rosenda Vargas TX 393 12/8/15 Janith Vinton MI 37 12/22/14 Stephanie Wachowicz IL 575 12/30/10 Joan Waite OR NML 4/15/12 Emmagene Wakeeld TN NML 5/30/15 Margaret Walsh NJ NML 3/23/10 Faustina Walton TX 1849 4/9/11 Camella Warner WV 697 10/31/17 Olivia Weaver MD NML 1/17/14 Barbara Webb NH NML 8/8/16 Mary Wendland NE NML 7/16/16 Dora Wenskay MO NML 8/28/09 Alma Whitaker TX 1952 3/22/17 Pauline Wickham-Mizik OH 743 9/16/17 Martha Wilken AR NML 1/13/12 Ellen Wilson CA DML 8/3/18 Doris Wittebort FL NML 4/29/14 Rosella Wooden IN NML 1/18/03 Nancy Wymer FL NML 3/31/15 Carole Yates OR NML 11/18/17 As reported to the MOPHA National Chaplain, per Bylaws Article VIII, Section 6 requirements MOPHA In Memoriam Name DEPT Unit Deceased Name DEPT Unit Deceased


March/April 2019 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE45 T HE FIRST DAY OF SPRING this year is March 20. Spring is a time is of renewal, new growth and rebirth of many things in our earthly realm. Animals come out of hibernation, owers start to bloom and trees grow leaves, many turning beautiful shades of green and bearing fruit. The sun shines longer and we shed our winter coats to bask in the bright sunshine. It is truly a time for pure joy and warmth. This is the time of year that we are reminded of the cruci xion and the resurrection, a reminder that Gods only son was cruci- ed, died on the cross and arose from the grave so that man could have eternal life in heaven. Jesus death and resurrection gives us each a chance at new life, and is a time for rebirth in our lives. This is a time when many of our young men and women, graduating from high school and college, will make the decision to join our military. This is a point of new growth for each of them. They will go from being protected by their parents and family to learning how to be protectors of this great nation. This is their time of rebirth. All the above at one time were tiny seeds or bulbs that were planted during the fall. They have all germinated and are all starting to bloom during the spring. Let each of us give thanks for all the people and things that are blooming in our lives, put them all in a beautiful spring bouquet wrapped with a ribbon of love. Let each of us pray to our Lord and savior with deep supplication for all our loved ones, our sick and shut-ins, our bereaved, rst responders, all in authority. Due to the diligence and hard work of Senior Vice Cheryl Perez and the membership development program efforts to update our rosters, our MOPHA memoriam will have 248 deceased members; please pray for them also. They have transitioned from our earthly realm but not forgotten. They should also be a part of our spring bouquet. Last but certainly not least let us all pray that God will continue to bless the United States Of America. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 Auxiliary National Chaplain A Time Of Rebirth by Barbara Waller 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?


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