National Service Program for the Military Order of the Purple Heart will no longer be closing

 The St. Paul office will continue to advocate for our veterans and will resume with receiving new POA’s and claims from our MN veterans, effective immediately.  



David Srock

Office Director / National Service Officer / National NSO Mentor & Trainer

Military Order of the Purple Heart

1 Federal Drive  Rm.G910

St. Paul, MN 55111

Phone: (612) 970-5667

Fax: (612) 970-5979


 There will be a press release later this week…..

We have received the budget letter from the PH Foundation indicating we have funding for the NSP for the 2018/2019 budget year. With the agreement and commitment of the PH Foundation to fulfill their contractual obligation and concurrence of the National Commander, I am rescinding the NSP Closure Plan. Effective immediately NSOs are advised to start accepting POAs and aiding Veterans and their families with processing VA claims and appeals. I will advise the VA we are and will remain a viable VSO.

This has been a trying period for all of us and my concern was the perceived lose of value of our program and the importance of the service we provide to Veterans. I apologize for the stress this situation created and look forward to rebuilding your trust and confidence as we continue to be the premiere VSO for all Veterans, their spouses and families.

Angelo Wider


National Service Director

Free associate membership

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Military order of the Purple Heart Department of Minnesota has approved $2,000 for free associate membership for the next 40 associate members

We are doing this in an effort to increase the amount of people taking part with chapter activities in an effort to make chapters more active. We have seen from chapters that have a high number of associate members that more members are attending  their chapter meetings that the chapters are more active, and we would like to see every chapter raising money, getting out in the community and doing good things for veterans.

We understand that there will be a gap in the age between Vietnam veterans and Iraq, Afghanistan veterans and we think our best chance for chapters to survive the next 10-20 years would be filling that gap with associate members. Associate members can be children of Purple Heart veteran’s or spouse’s or brothers and sisters.

  Application must be sent when complete to the department office at-

Military order of the Purple Heart Department of Minnesota

20-12th st west 

Saint Paul, MN 55155

Thanks Ryan Sabinish Department Senior Vice Commander

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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

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Vietnam War veteran prepares for Freedom Honor Flight

Vietnam War veteran prepares for Freedom Honor Flight

Posted: May 04, 2018 6:44 PM CDTUpdated: May 04, 2018 10:25 PM CDT

Michael RichardsonMichael Richardson

BLAINE, MN (WXOW) – –The Freedom Honor Flight is just one week away.

Ninety one veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War will fly to Washington D.C. on Saturday, May 12 to see the memorials built in their honor.

Michael Richardson keeps albums filled with pictures, news clippings, even medical logs as reminders of his three decades of military service.

“My draft number was 21 my senior year in high school,” Richardson said. “So, I went in the Navy with a buddy of mine, and the second week of boot camp, I got my draft notice. So, it was inevitable.”

Chosen to be a hospital corpsman, after a brief training period, Richardson found himself in Vietnam serving with the Marines.

“When I went to Vietnam, what I knew about Vietnam was what I seen in movies or TV,” he said.

However, it quickly became his reality.

“They dropped me off with a platoon, and said, ‘We’ll see you when your tour’s up,'” Richardson said.

He was part of a small squad. Their mission was to defend small farm villages. The included harvesting crops, digging wells, and rebuilding schools.

“My training wasn’t that great, but I took care of the people medically,” he said. “A lot of skin lesions. I delivered six babies over there.”

While defending the villages, Richardson was injured in the line of duty.

“We were taking RPGs, rocket propelled grenades, and there was two or three of them come in,” he said. “I just knew the next one was going to be in my foxhole. So, I got up and ran toward the building behind me. Well, a rocket hit the house. We got the ricochet.”

Luckily, Richardson was able to treat himself and his fellow Marines, surviving the incident without being evacuated and earning a Purple Heart medal.

He finished out his tour in 1971, returning to Wisconsin briefly before deciding to re-enlist. It was a decision he says he believes saved his life.

“You see, the guys that come back have deep depression and drinking, hiding in a bottle,” Richardson said. “I would have been there if I hadn’t gone back in. It took my mind off of it. Kept me busy, had a mission, had a purpose.”

Richardson is now a retired, decorated veteran. His medals represent years of traveling around the world to serve our country. However, he stays humble.

“It’s two dozen years,” he said.

He responds to people who thank him for his service with one simple phrase: “You were worth it.”

Richardson is just one person in a family legacy of patriots. His uncle served in the Korean War, his dad served in World War II, his grandfather served in World War I, and his great-grandfather served in the Civil War.

News 19 will go with Richardson on the Freedom Honor Flight, following his experience not only traveling himself but with his father and his uncle.