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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

The Purple Heart Family

Chartered by Act of Congress For Combat Wounded Veterans

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), begun in 1932 and chartered by Congress in 1958, is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, MOPH provides support to all veterans, has scholarship programs for members and their families, maintains continuous liaison with members of Congress on key issues related to veterans, publishes The Purple Heart Magazine, and hosts a myriad of activities at the local level by its Chapters throughout the country. MOPH is proud of its long heritage that began with General Washington giving three of his soldiers a Badge of Military Merit, a cloth purple heart, during the Revolutionary War and continues today as we recognize, honor and support all veterans from each of America’s wars.

There are four seperate parts of the Purple Heart Organization, each of which operates as an independant entity as described below.

Purple Heart Membership

MOPH Membership is the fraternal arm of the Order and is organized into Regions, Departments, and Chapters that execute programs across the country.

National Service Program

This Program provides direct tailored assistance to MOPH members and all other veterans in matters involving the Veterans Administration (VA). Using a network of National Service Officers (NSO), usually collocated with a VA facility, the Service Program is the primary organization that provides MOPH interface with our nation’s veterans.

Ladies Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary, with its own membership and administration, works closely with their local MOPH Chapters in assisting, comforting, and aiding distressed veterans and their families.

The Purple Heart Service Foundation

The MOPH Service Foundation has the critical mission of raising funds to support the wide ranging programs and activities of the Order, particularly the National Service Program and its liaison activities with Congress. The Foundation, on its own, offers unique training programs to facilitate veterans’ transitioning from active duty to civilian life. Two fund raising operations of the Service Foundation are highly visible to the public – the collection of household items and car donations – sometimes masking its vital role in the overall success of MOPH.

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