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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

We would like to proudly announce the election of Brainerd-native Bill Wroolie to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Purple Heart Foundation.

Bill enlisted in the US Army Reserves as a combat engineer in 1964. He completed basic

training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training as a heavy equipment operator also at Ft. Leonard Wood.

In March 1967, he enlisted in the regular Army and was deployed to Viet Nam. Bill served in

three units while in country, the 102nd Engineer Company in Plieku, the 170th Assault Helicopter Company, also in Pleiku, and B Troop, 2117th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, Phu Bai, Viet Nam.

After serving 25 months in the Republic of Viet Nam, Bill was wounded at 6:00 am on May 25, 1969 while flying in a Loach helicopter on a first light mission. He was hit by one of two anti aircraft rounds in Tam Ky, and was later evacuated to Japan and then to the United States. For his service in Viet Nam, Bill was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with combat V, Good Conduct Medal, and Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

Bill has served as: the National Commander of The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Minnesota State Commander of the Purple Heart and the Minnesota State Commander of Disabled American Veterans, as well as concurrently chairing the Commanders the Minnesota Commander's Task Force. In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the V4V, an organization which helps Minnesota veterans and their families improve their quality of life, and is a past President of the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA). Bill currently serves as a board member of the MMUA and commissioner of Brainerd Public Utilities.

About the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (MOPHSF)

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation provides emotional, physical, educational and financial support for wounded and disabled veterans, to help improve their lives.  Programs include suicide awareness, support for veterans with brain injuries, counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and assistance for women’s health issues – all common challenges for veterans.  The Purple Heart Service Foundation provides scholarships, family assistance, claims assistance and employment training.  Family members also get support, learning how to help disabled veterans to cope with their physical, emotional and behavioral challenges.  For more information, visit www.PurpleHeartFoundation.org.

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