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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Springfield, VA - July 11, 2010


The Military Order of the Purple Heart applauds the implementation of new and easier ­claim requirements for veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).  First announced by President Obama this week, Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki is expected to further announce on Monday, July 12, 2010 a streamlined process that will make the PTSD claims process less cumbersome and time-consuming.  In making the announcement, President Obama called this change “a long overdue step” to aid veterans with PTSD, making it easier for them to receive federal benefits.  The new rules will apply not only to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but also to those who served in previous conflicts.  According to MOPH National Commander Jim Sims, “This is a change that is long overdue and finally acknowledges the need to quickly address a serious illness that affects many young men and women returning from combat.”

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 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.  Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For further information contact your local MOPH National Service Officer
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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