GUIDELINE TO ESTABLISH A PURPLE HEART CITY or COUNTY

Please contact Department Americanism Officer Charles Jones – 763-607-0245 or e-mail @ cjmoph1@gmail.com for help

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GUIDELINE TO ESTABLISH A PURPLE HEART CITY or COUNTY

Here are some tips and suggestions on establishing a Purple Heart City or County.
This is just a guide to assist in your efforts, and does not proclaim to be the “End-All”
in the procedure.
I use a County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in the below outline, however, you can
use the same information for a City Council or Board of Commissioners, etc.
First, find out who on your BOS is the Veteran’s contact person. If there is no
Supervisor assigned to this, contact the Board Chairperson or County person known
to you, and ask for a face-to-face meeting.
Have with you a copy of the example Proclamation (click for two examples), and
suggest they can use it as a guide in making their own. Be prepared to explain what
your intent is ie, honoring all those who have sacrificed for their country .. those
killed or wounded in combat ….
Make sure you advise him/her that it’s cost neutral; that it will not cost the County
any money … any incurred cost will be absorbed by your chapter – such as plaques,
highway signs, etc. This is an important point, as knowing that there is no cost
involved will resolve any fiscal issue that might inhibit action.
You will probably be referred to the County Clerk to work up the Proclamation. Be
sure she/he sends you a draft copy for your review and approval – before it’s finalized.
It’s important you agree with the verbiage.
Once the Proclamation is firmed up, ask that the BOS presentation be placed on the
agenda at least two weeks in advance. This gives you time to contact other Veterans
organizations to attend the meeting, and for you to contact the newspaper / radio to
publicize the event. Invite as many veterans you can – Ladies, other vets, all your
members, etc.

If your BOS meetings are televised, ask the cameraman for copies on DVD – they
may charge you, but some may honor our non-profit status and waive any charge. If
they won’t waive the cost, pay the money – it’s well worth it to have a DVD of the
presentation. If no filming is available, assign someone to video it.
Be prepared to give a short acceptance speech (if given the opportunity). They are
honoring Purple Heart veterans, and they should receive recognition for doing so.
If you can, bring enough of your Department coins / pins, etc. to present to all the
Supervisors – don’t forget the County / City Attorney, Clerk of the Board, Chief
Administrative Officer, City Manager etc. Everyone who sits facing the audience
should get one.
After the awards, Chapters gater outside and take lot of still pictures – some are
submitted to, and were published in, the Purple Heart Magazine, others can feature in
the Purple Hat Press.
Please keep your Department and Regional Commander appraised of your progress.
As the National Coordinator of the program, I will need legislative confirmation (a
copy of the resolution or proclamation) alongwith an address, specifically a zipcode.
Once confirmed, I will post it on the National web-site.
It is suggested you send the Proclamation / Resolution to your Department
Commander, who will send it to your Regional Commander, who will send it to me
(scanned copy in email). It is very important your chain-of-command be kept in the
‘loop’.
The above can also be used as an outline for a Purple Heart State, by contacting a
State Legislator who would be willing to introduce a Bill or Resolution.
Call or email me anytime if I can be of further assistance. Yours in Patriotism,
Matt Bridges
National Purple Heart Trail Coordinator
Phone: (229) 569-0915
Email: mbridges.usmc@gmail.com

Veterans Get COLA Increase

It’s official!  Starting December 2018, veterans who receive VA disability compensation and/or pension will see the largest Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase in six years.  Because of the large increase, some veterans will see almost a $100 increase in their monthly checks.

On October 11, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an increase of 2.8 percent for their beneficiaries, which in turn, in most cases, applies to VA compensation increases.

Under current law, annual cost-of-living increases are automatic for Social Security benefits, meaning the executive branch of Government can enact them without intervention from Congress. Certain other federal benefits, such as military retiree payments, are also automatically boosted by that decision.

But the SSA announcement also functions as the baseline for a host of other federal benefits calculations.  Some, such as VA compensation and pension require approval and reauthorization.

American Muscle for American Heroes (Custom Dodge Challenger Giveaway) For a Purple Heart Recipients

‘American Muscle for American Heroes’ Honors Purple Heart Recipients

By NICOLE ELLAN JAMES OCTOBER 02, 2018

To honor veterans who have been wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Nexen Tire is giving away a custom 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack built by Kenny Pfitzer of Zero to 60 Designs as part of its “American Muscle for American Heros” program.

The Nexen Purple Heart Challenger is set to make its debut at the 2018 SEMA Show held in Las Vegas later this month. Build highlights include Eibach front and rear sway bars, a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust system, ORACLE Lighting custom headlights, SolarGard window tint, and a VIS Racing carbon fiber hood, front bumper, deck lid and splitters complimented by a PPG custom paint job. To complete the look, the Challenger sits on a set of SAVINI wheels wrapped in Nexen Roadian HP Street Sport All-Season Radial Tires.

Parts for the custom Challenger | Photography courtesy of Nexen Tire

“We are honored to have the opportunity to give back to a deserving veteran as part of our American Muscle for American Heroes program,” said Kyle Roberts, senior director of marketing at Nexen Tire.

“Purple Heart recipients have displayed unbelievable courage in the line of duty, and we are humbled by their bravery and contributions as veterans. This program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these heroes for securing our safety.”

The custom creation is built upon a 2018 Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack

Nominees will be collected over the next 11 weeks. According to Nexen, the nomination process allows submissions to be made on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #NEXENHero to nominate a Purple Heart recipient or family member. The nomination process requires a story, a picture, and the hashtag. Nexen Tire will also have a nomination form on its website for those who choose not to make a submission via social media.

“As a Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient, I am extremely proud to be working with Nexen Tire and their American Muscle for American Heroes program,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry.

“I am confident the Purple Heart Foundation will find a very deserving veteran to receive this amazing custom Nexen Tire Purple Heart Dodge Challenger.”

For more information and official giveaway rules, see Nexen Tire.