It is the oldest military award given to military members. Maybe you have seen license plates that read Purple Heart recipient or have a friend or family member who has been awarded a Purple Heart.
The fact is, any military member who has been awarded a Purple Heart has a story to tell, and we should listen!
The criteria to be awarded a Purple Heart is something many of us would want no part of. It is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any military member who has been wounded or killed in the line of duty.
The biggest difference between the Purple Heart and many other military awards is that it is not awarded based on a recommendation but just on the criteria that has been met.
Before I explain about the Military Order of the Purple Heart, here are
Some facts about the Purple Heart
- The Purple Heart was one of the first awards in military history that could be given to lower-ranking, enlisted soldiers or non-commissioned officers for their outstanding service.
- Purple Heart Day was established in 2014 to honor and recognize those who have been awarded the decoration.
- An estimated 1.9 million Purple Hearts have been awarded since the order was established.
- During the Revolutionary War, Continental Army soldiers William Brown and Elijah Churchill were the first soldiers to receive the Badge of Military Merit, the predecessor to the Purple Heart.
- No individual can receive more than one Purple Heart. Subsequent injuries are recognized by oak-leaf clusters.
- In 1942, Army Lt. Annie G. Fox became the first woman to receive a Purple Heart for her heroic actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
- It’s against U.S. law to buy or sell Purple Hearts.
- President John F. Kennedy is the only U.S. president with a Purple Heart.
What You Need To Know About The Military Order of the Purple Heart
#1: Congressionally Chartered
This organization is Congessionally chartered made up of Purple Heart recipients that support and assist all military veterans and their families. It was formed in 1932.
The funding for this organization comes from service work, thrift stores and donations, as well as distribution of Purple Heart Viola Flowers.
#3: Service Offices
The Military Order of the Purple Heart has approximately 75 service offices in the mainland as well as Guam and Puerto Rico.
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#4: The Mission
The Military Order of the Purple Heart mission statement reads:
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.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart has a variety of programs to help veterans. Included are:
- suicide prevention
- support for veterans with brain injuries
- counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress
- assistance for women’s health issues
- family assistance
- claims assistance
- employment training
- and much more.
#6: Legal Assistance
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Program also provides expert legal opinions and representation for veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
The Military Order of the Purple Heart is an excellent organization that helps.
We would love to hear your stories and if you have been involved with this organization.
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About The Author
Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.