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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Paradise Valley, AZ - July 23, 2012

Military Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Paradise Valley, Arizona

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the Ladies Auxiliary of the MOPH are pleased to announce that their National Convention will be held this year at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona during the week of 7-11 August 2012.

This annual event brings together the Commanders and delegates of the Order’s Regions, Departments, Chapters and Units from all States, Puerto Rico and the US Trust Territory of Guam to elect the National Leadership of the Order for the upcoming year.  Delegates will participate in training sessions, review the business of the past year, approve new governing amendments and organizational bylaw changes, and set an agenda for service to veterans in the coming year.

The public is invited to join the Purple Heart recipients for a day of golf, fun, and friendship at the 4th Annual MOPH Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 9 at the Camelback JW Marriott Padre Golf Course.  The cost is only $100, and all proceeds will benefit the Polytrauma Center of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, Arizona.  To participate, contact Cynthia Kotfila, Special Events Manager, Scottsdale Plaza Resort, by email:

The joint opening ceremony for the Convention will take place at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 7, which is also National Purple Heart Day.   The Convention delegates will be joined by a large number of local, State, and National political leaders, including Department of Veteran Affairs Chief of Staff, John Gingrich, Colonel Joey Strickland, Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, and  Bobby Halliday, Arizona Director of Public Safety, who will also officiate at a special ceremony to honor Arizona’s First Responders.  Also attending will be Colonel Jay Vargas (USMC, Ret.), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for his actions at Dai Do, Viet Nam, in May, 1968.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) of the U.S.A. Inc.," was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all 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, 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.  MOPH volunteers through the VAVS program, provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
MOPH National Convention Chairman, Bob Puskar, (480) 363-0140, rjpuskar@cox.net
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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