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Eileen Oltmann Elected



10 August, 2014




Military Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Denver, Colorado with Election of Patriot Patrick Little as National Commander


The 82nd Annual Convention of The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the Ladies Auxiliary of the MOPH successfully concluded in Denver, Colorado with the election of new officers for the upcoming year.  Patriot J. Patrick Little, a combat wounded veteran from Avondale, Pennsylvania was elected as National Commander.  Robert Puskar, a combat wounded veteran from Paradise Valley, Arizona was elected as National Senior Vice Commander, and William Everett, a combat wounded veteran from Baker, Florida was elected as National Junior Vice Commander.  Elected as President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is Jan Knapp of MichiganElected as Senior Vice President is Eileen Oltmann of Louisiana and Terri Shattuck of Michigan was elected as Junior Vice President.  Of note was the election of Jason Johns of Wisconsin as National Judge Advocate, making him the Order's first post 9/11 Purple Heart recipient elected to a National office. 


Among the highlights of this year's Convention was the unanimous appreciation expressed by the members and ladies for the exceptional leadership this past year by the immediate Past National Commander Ron Siebels.  Patriot Michael Stubbs of Harrisburg, North Carolina was singled out for recognition as the National Patriot of the Year for his singular contributions to the Order and to veterans and their families.  Recipient of the Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy education scholarship was Sergeant Austin J. Howard, wounded twice in Afghanistan and now a student at Texas A&M University.  While there, Patriot Howard is also enrolled in the ROTC program and intends to return to active duty in the US Army as an officer.  In conjunction with the national tour of the "Spirit of '45 Express", National Commander Pat Little paid homage to WWII hero BG Felix Sparks with a wreath laying ceremony at his gravesite at Denver's Fort Logan National Cemetery


The keynote address at the opening ceremony was delivered by Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson who provided the Patriots and Ladies with an update on the VA and the VA Health Care division in particular.  In addition, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock welcomed the Patriots and Ladies to Denver and presented the Order with proclamations honoring the Order.


The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, First Responder Recognition, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families. 


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