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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC, May 6, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes the Nurses of the Armed Forces and the Department of Veterans Affairs

On the occasion of National Nurses Week beginning on May 6, known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, the Military Order of the Purple Heart wants to acknowledge and pay tribute to this dedicated and selfless group of men and women to whom many of those who have been wounded in combat owe their very lives. 

On the battlefield, the combination of corpsmen, medics, and nurses attend to the wounded with little regard to their own safety, ensuring that each of them receives the fastest and most professional care possible.  As veterans, we see the important contributions made every day by VA nurses.   Within the VA, more than 77,000 nurses treat veterans each day with compassion and skill in a time of rapid changes in technology, knowledge, and new health care techniques.  VA nurses honor our nation’s Veterans and their families by their very service in the many clinics and medical centers of the VA and are key players in the forward-looking transformation efforts helping to shape VHA health care every day.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (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 provide assistance to Hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

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