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Win the Eagle!

American eagle

Patriots, please participate in the raffle to win this American Eagle. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and can be purchased through PayPal on the web site.

All proceeds will go to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The drawing will be held on December 6, 2014.

Buy your tickets now with your debit/credit card using the PayPal button below. If you would rather send a check, please direct it to:

Robert Galpin, Finance Officer
Dept of Texas
Military Order of the Purple Heart
6217 W. Masters Dr., Apt 1521
Ft. Worth, TX 76137

 

Eagle Raffle Tickets

 

Purple Heart County:
Parker County

The Parker Commissioners Court designated Parker County as a “Purple Heart County” during a proclamation ceremony on Monday, July 28th, 2014.  Parker County became the third county in the state of Texas to be designated as a Purple Heart County. DFW Mid-Cities Chapter 1513 has to its credit:  City of Grapevine, Tarrant County, and now Parker County. [see newscast video]

Parker County Commissioners proclaim Purple Heart County

 

MOPHTX Convention Hopes Become Reality

Quote from Commander's message of July 2014:

"We have two other exciting programs we initiated at this year’s convention. First, we plan on bidding on the MOPH National convention in 2017. This will take a lot of work and I will be reaching out to the membership to help."

Quote from e-mail forwarding Commmander's news flash:

... the Department of Texas, City of Dallas, has been awarded the 2017 MOPH National Convention

Thank you, DOT members, for all of your hard work in bringing this to fruition. Congratulations!

 

Texas Tech — Purple Heart University

 


On April 9, 2014, Texas Tech University dedicated itself as a "Purple Heart University." Present at the dedication were (photo left to right) John Muddock, Commander Chapter 0900; TTU student, Daniel Ayala; Tony Roman, Dept. of Texas Commander; TTU student T.J. Giles; MOPH member, Rich Murphy; TTU student, Eric Washington: and MOPH member, Roy Villareal.

Texas Tech University announced today that it has been designated as a Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Texas Tech received this honor after participation in the National Day of Remembrance Roll Call, organizing the largest single gathering of Purple Heart recipients during a football game in 2013, and by providing service to wounded warriors through Military and Veterans Programs, Student Disability Services and the Veterans Administration.

"Texas Tech is honored to receive this designation from the Military Order of the Purple Heart," Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. "The gathering on our campus last fall of hundreds of Purple Heart recipients was a privilege for the university and gave us a brief moment to thank them for their sacrifices for our freedoms. At Texas Tech, we work diligently to ensure our veterans, current military personnel, and their families are afforded the opportunity to extend their education."

James R. Berg, state commander for the Department of California, Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc., and national coordinator for Purple Heart Entities, recognized Texas Tech in a letter for being the first Purple Heart University in Texas and as a national leader in recognizing and commemorating our nation's veterans.

Texas Tech's continuing actions in promoting veteran's issues and assisting wounded warriors and their families illuminate the appreciation and reverence towards those who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms this country holds so dearly, Berg wrote.

"Being named a Purple Heart University is truly an honor for Texas Tech," said Chancellor Kent Hance. "As one of only three universities in the nation with this designation, Texas Tech has a long history of appreciation and support for active duty military, veterans and their families, and is grateful to serve these brave heroes who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country."

Along with the university's designation, the following individuals received awards for their work for veterans at Texas Tech:

  • Juan Muñoz, senior vice president and vice provost, Texas Tech University
  • Ryan Van Dusen, director, Military and Veterans Programs, Texas Tech University
  • Steve Maxner, director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
  • Elvis Moya, director of Promotions and Fan Engagement, Texas Tech Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Steve Uryasz, associate athletics director for student services, Texas Tech Intercollegiate Athletics

"Texas Tech becoming the first Purple Heart University in Texas is truly an honor," Munoz said. "We have worked diligently to ensure that those who have served our country have access to a high-quality, military-friendly and affordable education. This recognition is further testament to said work, and Texas Tech's ongoing commitment to achieving new levels of excellence in all it undertakes."

Commander John Murdock of the Military Order of the Purple Heart South Plains of Texas Chapter 0900 awarded Texas Tech as well as the individual awards today at the Stars and Stripes Military, Veteran and Family Lounge in the Student Union Building basement.

 

Alamo Chapter Life Member Receives Medal of Honor

March 18, 2014 - President Obama will award 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to recognize their valor in WWII, the Korea War, and the Vietnam War.  All previously received the Distinguished Service Cross which will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. Two members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart are on the list one living and one deceased. This action is the result of a congressionally mandated review of war records for those conflicts to ensure those deserving the Medal of Honor were not denied because of prejudice.

 Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela will receive the Medal for his courageous actions while serving as company commander, Detachment B-36, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam on September 1, 1969.  Patriot Rodela has been a Life Member of Chapter 1836 Texas since 1993 and will one of the three living awardees.

Sergeant Candelario Garcia will receive posthumously the Medal for  his courageous actions while serving as an acting Team Leader for Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Davison during combat operations in Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam on December 8, 1968.  Patriot Garcia was a Life Member of Chapter 4077 Texas for 29 years and passed away on January 10, 2013.

 

Countdown to Dedication

Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument

February 2014 - A great program is planned to honor Texas Vietnam veterans as the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument is unveiled on March 29th, 2014.  Following the 10 a.m. ceremony, a  "Welcome Home Fair" in and around the Texas Capitol will include the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit, Vietnam War equipment displays and exhibits about veteran services and programs.  Some of the highlights:

  • Monument Dedication Ceremony at 10 a.m.
  • Immediately following the ceremony, an historic panoramic photo will capture the gathering of Texas Vietnam veterans and families at the monument.

  • The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit in the Lower Rotunda.
  • Vietnam era helicopters and vehicles on display.
  • Live music of the era at the monument by the Clinton James Gang.

We hope all Texas Vietnam veterans and their families and friends will join us as we celebrate your service.

PLEASE RSVP!

Please help us plan by letting us know if you plan to attend. Make your reservation. You will not need a ticket for entrance.  General seating will be first come, first served.

Special Hotel Rates Available

We've arranged for Texas Capitol Vietnam Veteran room rates at a number of Austin area hotels.  Please visit our Hotel Information page for information about making reservations.

There's always a lot going on in Austin, so we encourage you to make your reservations early, as a limited number of rooms is available.

Special hotel rates close on March 7th.

Special Notes

All state parking garages will be open on Saturday March 29th for paid parking. [Map link]

Bus drop off on Brazos St between 12th and 13th St.  Bus parking available on Trinity St between 12th and 15th St and on San Jacinto St (limited) between 13th and 14th St. [Map link]

Capitol Accessibility Guide. Please view the link for Capitol grounds accessibility paths. The accessible entrance to the Capitol Building is on the north side.

 

Greetings from the Commander

SAN ANTONIO, TX – February 2014

Tony Roman, Commander, Department of Texas, MOPHGreetings Patriots,

Through this website, I will keep you updated on events around the State. I encourage you and your Chapter to tell the Department of events, articles and goals you have, or are planning.

Last month I met with San Angelo Commander Juan Rubio, Lubbock Commander John Murdock and Abilene Commander Mike Hernandez. These Chapters are holding steady on membership but John over in Lubbock has really put the Department of Texas on the map. John hosted and coordinated the Lone Survivor /Texas Tech Game. He is working on getting Lubbock as Purple Heart City and Texas Tech as Purple Heart University.

This month I met with Corpus Christi Commander Ramiro (Ram) Chavez, Kingsville Commander John Moreno, McAllen Commander Joe Vasquez and Harlingen Commander AJ Garcia. I had a good conversation with these Commanders and informed them of the events that are planned for the remaining year. The events will be posted on this website soon.

I attended the Proclamation ceremony at South Padre Island as it became the latest city to be named Purple Heart City.
There are a number of other Texas cities that have been named Purple Heart City, please send an article on your ceremony and name of city.

Send articles, pictures, etc. to Department Adjutant Bill Crumlett:
bcrumlett@satx.rr.com. Articles and pictures will be edited and approved by Adjutant.
 
Thank you for your dedication to our veterans.

Yours in Patriotism,

Tony Roman
Commander, Department of Texas
Military Order of the Purple Heart