Military Order of the Purple Heart Announces Suspension of its National Service Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC, April 21, 2018

Military Order of the Purple Heart Announces Suspension of its National Service Program

(Springfield, VA, April 21, 2018) The Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc. (MOPH) regrets to announce that, effective June 30, 2018, it will no longer be able to provide assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to Veterans and their families through the MOPH National Service Program. Effective on that date, all offices of the MOPH Service Program will be closed and all Veterans’ claims now being administered by MOPH National Service Officers will be transferred to accredited Service Officers of other Veteran Service Organizations or to State or County Service officers, as appropriate. No Veterans’ claims will be stopped or harmed in any way by this action.

Closure of the MOPH National Service Program has been made necessary by failure of the Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Organization, to be able to raise sufficient funds to sustain operation of the Service Program and a number of other programs of the Order. Faced with a dramatic reduction of 50% of the prior year’s operating budget, already well below earlier years, the MOPH has been left with no choice other than to dramatically reduce expenditures for its outreach programs.

This announcement in no way affects continuation of the MOPH as a patriotic and fraternal organization, composed solely of our Nation’s combat wounded Veterans. MOPH wants to assure the public that service to Veterans remains our number one priority. Every possible action is being taken to streamline operating costs, while at the same time restructuring our fundraising efforts to reach out to new and existing sponsors and supporters for their assistance in continuing the Order’s support of Veterans and their families.

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 or by an act of international terrorism. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the Purple Heart Foundation, the MOPH and its Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America’s military history. Until now, through its National Service Program, the MOPH has provided 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, JROTC Leadership Awards, Scholarships, Suicide Awareness, 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, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org

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Chapter meetings

 

 

 

Chapter Location Meeting Time
5 South St. Paul VFW Post 295
11 Concord Exchange S
South Saint Paul, MN 55075-2402
10:30 a.m.
4th SaturdayMeetings are  Sept, Oct, Nov, January, Feb, Mar, April.We have a Founders Day dinner  in Feb each year and a Memorial/Install dinner in May each year.No meeting in Dec, June, July, and August.
8 Hopkins, MN VFW
100 Shady Oak Rd
Hopkins, MN  55343
10:30 a.m.
2nd Saturday
except July & August
 56 Duluth, MN Black Woods Grill and Bar
195 US-2, Proctor, MN 55810
1:00 p.m.
Last Monday Except- December & January
194 Brainerd, MN Senior Center
8th and Kingwood
Brainerd, MN
10:00 a.m.
4th Thursday
268 Richfield, MN Richfield VFW Post  #5555
6715 Lakeshore Drive South
Richfield, MN 55423-2333
10:30 a.m.
3rd Saturday
July & August
308 St. Cloud, MN Granite City Food & Brewery
Hwy 15 and CR 75
St. Cloud, MN
10:00 a.m.
4th Saturday
807 New Ulm, MN  Best Western Hotel, 2101 S Broadway, New Ulm, MN 56073 10:00 a.m.
first Saturday of every other month.Meetings are February, April, June, August. October and December.A social hour begins at 9 AM with an optional breakfast, and the meeting begins at 10 AM.
987 Fridley, MN Fridley VFW Post
1040 Osborne Road NE
Fridley, MN
10:00 a.m.
2nd Saturday
September through May
1977 Red Wing, MN Liberty Restaurant
303 W 3rd St
Red Wing, MN 55066
9:00 a.m.
1st Wednesday
745 Perham, MN Veterans Museum
805 Main St
Parham, MN
 first Thursday of the month at 3 pm
March – September
5555 Winona, MN Winona VFW Post #1287
208 East 3rd Street
Winona, MN 55987
7:00 p.m.
1st Wednesday
7110 Rochester, MN Rochester VFW Post #1215
16 – 6th Street SW (street level)
Rochester, MN 55902
6:00 p.m.
3rd Thursday
except June, July & August

Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) Program

The Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) Program is in effect throughout the VA medical center system. VAVS operates the largest volunteer program in the Federal Government, supplementing staff and resources in all areas of patient care and support. Volunteers supplement essential personnel, equipment, facilities and programs for the direct and indirect care, treatment and welfare of veteran patients. Military Order of the Purple Heart VAVS volunteers participate in the VA’s program and provide an invaluable service to other veterans and their families. The official VAVS Handbook is available for download below and on the downloads page to provide guidance to the Department and Chapter members involved in the Service. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the National VAVS Director or call Willie Pargo
Officer in the VA hospital, second floor
MOPH Office
Minneapolis VA medical center
612-965-1621

MN Veteran Outdoor Programs: Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt

MN Veteran Outdoor Programs: Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt

Applications Due August 17

August 17, 2018

Deer HuntThe Minnesota Veteran Outdoor Programs Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt will take place Oct. 9 – 11.

Applications must be received by Aug. 17.

Space is limited, applications will be place in the general lottery. All applicants will be notified by mail after Sept. 1 as to their selection.

The hunt will be held Tuesday Oct. 9 through Thursday Oct. 11.

Questions concerning this hunt should be directed to Dennis Eerie at (320) 380-4569, or by email at mn.service.org@gmail.com.

May Department Convention

  DEPARTMENT OF MN CONVENTION
                        MAY 18TH & MAY 19TH 2018
                   HOLIDAY INN BLOOMINGTON AIRPORT SOUTH
                     1201 WEST 94TH STREET BLOOMINGTON, MN.55431
                            PHONE #  ( 952 ) 884-8211
Cost of lunch. $ 20.00
Cost of dinner $ 30.00
Cost for both.   $ 50.00
        FRIDAY 18TH  5:00 PM   EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETS
        SATURDAY 19TH  8:15 AM   FIRST RESPONDER AWARDS
                                       9:00 AM  JOINT GROUP SERVICES
                                       9:30 AM – NOON  MEETING
                                                  NOON – 1:PM  LUNCH
                                       1 PM- 3:30 PM   AFTERNOON  MEETING
                                       4:00 PM EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
                                       4:45 PM – 6:30 PM  CASUAL TIME
                                       6:45:PM – 7:00 PM  EVENING DINNER SERVED
                                       8:00 PM  AWARDS AND GUEST SPEAKER
THERE WIII BE A BLOCK OF ( 12 ) ROOMS BLOOKED OFF AND INDIVIDULE
  WILL CALL THE HOTEL AND RESERVE THEIR OWN ROOM.
              SATURDAY LUNCH   PASTA BUFFET  TWO ( 2 ) CHOICES
             BANQUET MEALS
                                1.   KABEELO LODGE WALLEYE
                                2.   ABSOLUTELY VODKA  CHICKEN
                EITHER MEAL COMES WITH SALAD, HOMEMADE BREAD, BUTTER,
                WATER AND COFFEE STATION
                                DESSERT—CHERRY COBLER WITH VANELLA ICE CREAM
                    COSTS— $ 5.00   REGISTRATION
           SATURDAY LUNCH & BANQUET MEAL  $ 50.00  FOR EACH INDIVIDULE
                             OTHERWISE $ 30.OO EACH
ALL MEAL RESERVATIONS ( CHOICES ) ARE TO BE CALLED TO
                 WALLY / DIANE LIND @  ( 952 )469-1526
    CHOICE OF MEALS AND RESERVATIONS FOR ROOMS HAVE TO BE CALLED
IN BY  MONDAY 14TH OF MAY 2018    AFTER THAT DATE, ROOMS WILL BE AT
REGULAR PRICES.
Price for rooms at Holiday Inn is $ 99.00 plus tax
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CALL CHUCK @ ( 763 ) 607-0245