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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Paradise Valley, Arizona --  August 15, 2013

Patriot Robert J. Puskar was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served in Viet Nam in 1967-68 a Captain, commanding  MATCU-62, First Marine Air Wing, attached to the Third Marine Division at Dong Ha and Khe Sanh.  He was wounded on March 25, 1968 by a rocket attack at Dong Ha.

Following his military service, Patriot Puskar joined the IBM Corporation, where he held a number of sales, marketing, and general management positions over the course of a successful career.  His leadership positions included General Manager, North America Sales and Marketing, IBM Printing Systems Company, and Vice President, New Markets, IBM Technology Group, an $8 Billion business unit.  While at IBM, he participated in extensive IBM general management, finance, marketing, sales and
product education, including in-company programs conducted by the Harvard Business School.  After retiring from IBM, Patriot Puskar became CEO of two startup software companies: Rulebase, in Scottsdale, AZ, and Betasphere, in Palo Alto, CA, and is currently the founder, owner and CEO of R&D Ventures, Inc, focused on asset management, equities, options, and commodities trading activities.

Patriot Puskar joined the Military Order of the Purple Heart on December 4, 2000, and served as both a Chapter and Department Commander in Arizona prior to becoming Region VI Commander in 2011. While Department Commander, he developed the business case for conducting the 2012 MOPH National Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, and served as Chairman of the Convention.  He was also appointed to serve on the National MOPH Scholarship Committee for 2010-2013.

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.  Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, First Responder Recognition, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, Jim Klug, 541-778-3480
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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