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. 

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

Officer access to the National Website

Commanders & Adjutants

By virtue of the office that you hold, you have officer access to the National Website.  Just request a log on and password.  You will be able to access your rosters and mailing labels as well as all publications and Forms.

The National web site address is www.purpleheart.org

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.

State of Minnesota Veterans Day Event

November 11, 2018 | Veterans Day Events

State of Minnesota Veterans Day 2018 Poster

The Official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, November 11 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs invites Veterans, families, elected officials and community members to celebrate and honor all Veterans who have served this country. This year’s program will have a special focus on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. This year’s program will conclude with the nation-wide Tolling of the Bell at 11 a.m. In remembrance of those who served and sacrificed, Americans across the nation will ring bells at exactly the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 

The program will also feature a keynote address by Nancy O’Brien Wagner, author of “Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien.” Her book focuses on the engaging and revealing letters of her great aunt who, with thousands of others, volunteered for service in World War I Europe.

On display at the event will be the Minnesota Military Museum’s 30 foot WWI America mural depicting 100 notable individuals from the era. Recently completed by local Veteran David Geister, it was inspired by an even larger, century-old painting at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City.  Artifacts from WWI will also be on site to view and Freedom Flight, Inc. will have a Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) hot air balloon displayed at the event (weather permitting). A free community breakfast will be served from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. prior to the start of the program at 10 a.m.Permalink: http://mn.gov/mdva/news/events/index.jsp?id=1066-351574