The purpose of being a Purple Heart City is to honor military personnel wounded or killed in combat. The Purple Heart is specifically a combat decoration and it is our nation’s oldest military medal.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates – May 17th, Friday and May 18th Saturday. Address- 2700 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN, phone 651-454-3434
15 rooms first come first served are now blocked off at $99.00 per night, svc charges not included with that.
Individuals wanting to stay those nights will have to call and book their room under the block that are saved for the MOPH. Check out time I believe is 11am or 12 noon from previous Holidays we utilized.
At this point there will be a 1st Responder ceremony on the 18th starting at 8am, lasting until 9:00am. At 9am we will conduct the Memorial Service lasting 1 hour. At 10 am we start the first meeting for the MOPH
Friday meeting will start at 7 p.m.
*REMEMBER ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY FOR CHAPTER COMMANDERS OR IT WILL FINANCIALLY AFFECT YOUR CHAPTER PER 2019 RULE CHANGE PAST BY MEMBERSHIP AT THE 2018 DEPARTMENT CONVENTION.
Heroes to Heroes Foundation provides spiritual healing and peer support for American Combat Veterans who have attempted suicide or are on a path to self-destruction due to moral injury or Term Moral Injury.
The Heroes to Heroes Journey: A Year of Self-Renewal
The Heroes to Heroes program begins with a 10-day journey to Israel. Teams of 12 to 14 Veterans are led by two coaches (alumni of the program) and are joined by three Israeli counterparts.
Israel offers our Veterans a place where they can unashamedly experience their faith. By having the opportunity to visit sites such as Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the Galilee, our Veterans can physically experience their faith as part of a group that is nonjudgmental and has open hearts. Having the opportunity to be baptized in the River Jordan helps them start over, beginning a new life.
There is no other place in the world where our Veterans can experience this!
During their journey, our Veterans experience the following:
• Reconnection to their faith
• Peer-to-peer camaraderie
• Peacefulness and emotional relief
• The ability to finally come home
The Return Home
Heroes to Heroes teams are geographically based. Upon their return home, teammates stay connected for a minimum of one-year. Activities include a weekend reunion featuring a speaker to reinforce lessons learned in Israel. They also take part in college campus visits to introduce the next generation to the challenges our veterans face and how the journey to Israel impacted their lives. Enduring contact with team members and their Israeli ‘brothers’ is encouraged during the year and beyond.
To date, over 200 veterans have taken the Heroes to Heroes journey.
Application for Citizens of the United States/US Military Veterans
Heroes to Heroes teams up 10 veterans for a life-changing journey to Israel. Each team includes 10 Americans, five Israelis, and two team coaches (veterans from both combat and the Heroes to Heroes program).
Our program is designed to help our participants develop social and emotional bonds with one another while exploring their spirituality and pushing themselves physically. Teams meet via Skype to get to know one another prior to the journey and stay together via Skype and social media upon their return to the United States. Heroes to Heroes Foundation is currently accepting applications.
American Military Combat Veteran.
Able to travel overseas.
No previous travel to Israel.
Commitment to team for one year post trip.
Agree to give Heroes to Heroes a $500.00 refundable deposit ( refunded on return to US )
2. Hold a parlor meeting (a Heroes to Heroes alumnus will speak)
3. Run a fundraising event
4. Join a local committee to support a team
5. Represent Heroes to Heroes at your Church or Synagogue
6. Take part in a Heroes to Heroes event (Golf Outings, Gala, Team Send-Offs)
7. Make Heroes to Heroes your birthday or bar/bat mitzvah project
8. Save a life: Recommend a Veteran to take part in our program