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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC, May 10, 2012

Military Order of the Purple Heart National Commander Award to COL Mary Jo Hull and the Cardiology Unit, Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud and honored to salute COL Mary Jo Hull and the Cardiology Unit, Brooke Army Medical Center for Excellence in Compassionate Care of the Soldier.  Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) is the component command over the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and other U.S. Army medical treatment facilities in the San Antonio, Texas area. SAMMC is the largest medical center in the Department of Defense.

Receiving the award on behalf of her Cardiology Team is COL Mary Jo K. Hull (formerly Rohrer), MD, FACC, FACP Chief, Cardiology Services, Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. The team earned this recognition in response to the care they provided to Military Order of the Purple Heart National Chaplain Emeritus, COL Fr. Leonard Stegman in September 2011. At that time, Fr. Stegman collapsed after serving Mass at the Ft. Sam Houston (Gift) Chapel. At 94 years of age with 2 Silver Stars, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service as a Military Chaplain, Fr. Stegman is the oldest active Catholic Priest in the San Antonio area. From his arrival at emergency at BAMC and throughout his admission until successful discharge, the Cardiology Team showed such compassion and respect to Fr. Stegman during his care that their actions warranted recognition and gratitude by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. COL Hull’s leadership is evident in the sensitivity shown by every Cardiologist on her team – they genuinely care for the needs of the patient and have the highest respect for those who serve – then and now. Such excellence in providing the highest medical care as well as respect and compassion for the military member and their family brings great credit to COL Hull and the team and make BAMC/SAMMC a hallmark for care.

In honor of this occasion, National Commander William Hutton, assisted by LAMOPH Past National Chaplain A.J. Herran, presented COL Hull and the BAMC Cardiology Unit a Military Order of the Purple Heart Crystal Award and National Commander Recognition Plaques on 8 May 2012 at the Cardiology Clinic.

The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc” (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, the MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all of its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America’s military history. Most Importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Through the VAVS Program, MOPH volunteers selflessly provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA medical facilities and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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