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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Austin, Texas - August 17, 2012

Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary Elects Elaine Rey as National President

On August 11, 2012, Elaine Rey of Austin, Texas was elected as National President of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary (LAMOPH), an adjunct to the 44,000 member MOPH Veteran Service Organization.

On August 11, 2012 Elaine Rey of Austin, Texas was elected as the National President at the 79th LAMOPH Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Mrs. Rey is married to a combat wounded veteran, husband Federico (Fred) Rey, who served with honor during the Vietnam War as a combat engineer with the 9th Infantry, 15th Combat Engineers and the Mobile Riverine Force.  The Reys have one adult child, Michael, and two grandchildren Elyssa and MJ.  Elyssa is also a member of LAMOPH.

Elaine attended the University of New Mexico.  She worked for JC Penney and help developed the bi-lingual program for catalog ordering.  She hired trained trainers and workers for this new bi-lingual program for the United States and other Spanish speaking countries.  She left Penney’s to help Federico start Austex Transmission and Drive Train Company.  They sold the shops and retired in 2002.  After retirement they became very active in MOPH and LAMOPH.

Elaine and Fred along with their Chapter and Unit sponsored the 4th Infantry, 3rd of the 16th Battalion Artillery that was being sent to Iraqi.  The LAMOPH Unit collected 20 moving boxes of children’s clothing and shoes and Chapter 1919 shipped the boxes, so that the Commander, Col. Michael Hilliard could distribute the clothing to local Iraqi children.  When the soldiers were returning home, Elaine and Fred went to help ready 250 rooms for the soldiers’ return.  In each room were one dozen cookies for each soldier.  For her dedication and assistance, for her dedication, Elaine was awarded the “Molly Pitcher Medal,” bestowed by the U.S. Field Artillery Association (USFAA) and the Air Defense Artillery Association (ADAA) to recognize women who have voluntarily contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the U.S. Field Artillery or Air Defense Artillery Communities. The award is named after Molly Pitcher who distinguished herself during the American revolutionary war. 

Elaine has held leadership position throughout the LAMOPH including National Junior Vice President and National Senior Vice President.  National President Rey’s goals this year are raising membership and helping veterans and their families. 

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 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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