Heroes to Heroes program a life-changing journey to Israel

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.

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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.

Why Israel?

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
• Forgiveness
• 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. 

    1. American Military Combat Veteran.
    2. Able to travel overseas.
    3. No previous travel to Israel.
    4. Hold Passport.
    5. Commitment to team for one year post trip.
    6. Agree to give Heroes to Heroes a $500.00 refundable deposit ( refunded on return to US )

CLICK HERE to Fill Out and Submit Application Online for Citizens of the United States/US Military Veterans

How can you help?

1. Donate
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


Please contact Department Commander Ryan Sabinish at ryansabinish@hotmail.com or call department  651-227-4456 for help.


Until December 2019 Department will provide 2 free welcome to our purple heart community road signs for any city or county in Minnesota, extra signs will cost $40 each. 


We just ask you work with your county veteran service officer to have them send out invites to the ceremony to every purple heart veteran in the community and, also include our free membership form.

After please send us a copy of the proclamation.

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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.


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
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

Minnesota Military order of the Purple Heart Veteran activities program

Current tickets- 

  1. Chanhassen Dinner Theater Donation donation for 2 which is a dinner and show for any main stage production on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night. Call 952-934-1525 for further information.
  2. 4 passes to Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington. 
  3. Free 2 adult and 2 children tickets to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth.
  4. 2 tickets from the Old Log Theater   5185 Meadville St., Excelsior, MN 55331 www.oldlog.com
  5. 4 free tickets to the SkyZone, for info about what skyzone is go to www.skyzone.com 
  6.   Donation from Crayola Experience at the Mall of America for 2 general admission tickets to the Crayola Experience. 
  7.  main stage theater in Hopkins Minnesota- (4) tickets no holidays and some other restrictions may apply.
  8. New Ulm Minnesota Country Club- (4) green fee tickets. ( 3 LEFT ) 

Veterans activities program will focus on activities for purple heart veterans that are members of the Minnesota military order of the Purple Heart and our gold star family members. Including free tickets to a variety of activities throughout Minnesota.


1.must be a member of the Minnesota (MOPH) a purple heart veteran or ether a gold star family member The term “Gold Star” describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service.

2. ticket request must be e-mailed to gboche62@comcast.net  please including your name, home address and membership ID number.

3.can only request tickets once every 30 days.

4.First come first serve.

Thanks commander Sabinish

The Military Order of the Purple Heart – Department of Minnesota May 2019 Convention

Dates – May 17th, Friday and May 18th Saturday. Address- 2700 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN, Members call the Holiday Inn at 651-454-3434 and ask for the MOPH Group and make there reservation.

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.

To book a room online:

1.  Please visit https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.vipstay.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C9150db0ef7f44458b28408d6a0f20b76%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636873358762879055&amp;sdata=%2F%2F2nK3A1wAUqXsQ2klTjQzdd%2B4%2BCHuE%2FB%2Ba%2BkJyL8yk%3D&amp;reserved=0<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vipstay.com&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C9150db0ef7f44458b28408d6a0f20b76%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636873358762879055&amp;sdata=9bSHAyonnkpIzEKuoxobleXbgciDqeVswIOjmtGfOcM%3D&amp;reserved=0>.
2.  Choose the right dates 5/17/19-5/19/19, and then type “DBG” in ” Group Code” section.
3.  Click “Check Availability”.

You should be able to see the rate for your group, and you will get 2 hot breakfast buffet coupons per night per room as long as you book rooms with your group by 4/26/19.



Isanti County – Purple Heart Community ceremony April 17th

On April 17th, 2019 at the Isanti County Board Meeting a proclamation will be signed by Board Chair Mike Warring that Isanti County recognizes the sacrifices made by Purple Heart recipients.

We formally invite all Purple Heart recipients and their families to attend the board meeting in order to show support for the proclamation.

Please pass the invitation along to anyone that you feel would like to attend the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 763-689-3591.

Thank you,



Dan Meyer


Veterans Services Department

555 18th Avenue SW | Cambridge, MN  55008

Phone: (763) 689-3591 | Fax: (763) 689-8307

Email: dan.meyer@co.isanti.mn.us