14 November 2008

Purple Heart Foundation Makes $75,000 Grant to National Army Museum Capital Campaign

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (MOPHSF) — the Nation’s only veterans service organization dedicated to the service of combat-wounded veterans — announced today that it has made a $75,000 grant to the National Army Museum Capital Campaign to assist the Army Historical Foundation with its development efforts to construct a museum to honor America’s oldest military branch.

“Our mission is to help all veterans and their families, particularly our combat-wounded citizen Soldiers,” said R. Louis Spinelli, first vice president of the MOPHSF, who attended the presentation ceremony held at the Army Historical Foundation’s offices in Arlington, Virginia. “Part of that mission is enhancing the public’s understanding of – and support for – the men and women who are serving as well as the role of their families. The National Army Museum will offer a beautiful and stirring venue for making that goal a reality and we’re pleased to be supporting its development efforts.”

“We think it’s important for people to remember the strong and courageous history of citizen Soldiers serving our military,” said Gregory Bresser, MOPHSF acting executive director. “This is particularly important now, with our country at war. The men and women who are in harm’s way today are all heroes because they wanted to serve, because they volunteered to serve, and because they serve with pride. This museum will be a testament to their efforts.”

“The Purple Heart Foundation is the first veterans service organization to make a major contribution to the Museum project,” said MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.), campaign executive director, in accepting the gift. “Veterans are playing a vital role in supporting the museum, and we appreciate their commitment to making it a reality.”

About the National Army Museum and Foundation

The National Army Museum will be a magnificent state-of-the-art facility built to honor America's Soldiers, preserve the history of America's oldest military branch, and educate all American's about the Army's role in our Nation's development.

Fort Belvoir, Virginia, one of the country’s most prominent defense installations, will be home to the new museum, which is scheduled to open its doors to the public in 2013.

The Army Historical Foundation was established in 1983 as a member-based, publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preserving the history and heritage of the American Soldier. The Foundation is not a governmental agency. It depends on funds from memberships, donations, and grants for support.

The Foundation is actively engaged in supporting the National Museum of the United States Army by carrying out a major $200 million Capital Campaign. In 2000, the Secretary of the Army designated the Foundation as its primary partner in the building of the National Museum.

For more information, visit www.armyhistory.org.

About the Purple Heart Service Foundation

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation provides pioneering programs to meet today’s challenges faced by combat-wounded veterans and their families. Among its other activities, the organization provides online job training through its Veterans Business Training Center to disabled and combat-wounded veterans. The VBTC, which uses web-based learning technology to recruit and train qualified veterans for careers in the teleservices industry, maximizes the students’ prior military training and skills for application to the information industry. The VBTC also offers veterans employment opportunities through its Purple Heart Call Center operations which provide teleservices to third parties and to the Foundation.

For more information, visit www.purpleheartfoundation.org.

The Foundation also operates Purple Heart Radio, an Internet radio site dedicated to issues of interest to Purple Heart recipients and the veterans’ community at large. Purple Heart Radio is continuously streaming on the Internet at http://www.purpleheartradio.com.

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