THE MISSION

To honor the sacrifice military veterans make for our country by helping them make a smooth transition from the battlefield to the home front.

THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL

The Purple Heart has a noble heritage. It is the oldest award still given to combat-wounded veterans of the U.S. military. Established by George Washington in 1782 and originally called the Merit Badge, the Purple Heart has been awarded nearly two million times to recognize the sacrifice and commitment of combat-wounded veterans.

THE ORDER

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a Congressionally-chartered veterans’ organization whose members have been awarded the Purple Heart medal. The Order provides opportunities for engagement, camaraderie and support among Purple Heart recipients, but its mission is far larger than that, encompassing programs that aid all veterans.

THE FOUNDATION

Chartered in 1957, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is the fundraising engine of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Through grants and outreach programs we lend support to other organizations whose programs align with Purple Heart’s mission, as well as make smaller direct contributions to veterans facing exceptionally difficult financial challenges. 

WHAT WE DO

In combat, warriors count on their comrades to have their backs.  Yet when they return home, when they face new and daunting challenges – emotional, medical, financial and more – who is there for them? Who has their back then? The answer is we do, providing counsel, a wide range of support, and unwavering advocacy. And a good measure of love.

TO LEARN MORE

To learn more about the Purple Heart Foundation and how you can get involved supporting our nation’s heroes, click here.

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