Explains Addabbo, “Since the award was established in 1932, there has not been a consistent record kept of the total number of Purple Hearts awarded. There have been an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts awarded since that time, of which there are currently 150,000 already enrolled in the Roll of Honor. Now, with the help from many such highly decorated veterans or their families from Queens and the greater metropolitan area, the Hall of Honor can enhance its registry of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service, all wars for which the Purple Heart was awarded, and from across the nation. The Hall of Honor also is looking for photos, telegrams, letters home, news articles or other materials that help put a face and a context with each recipient’s name. So even friends of any deceased Purple Heart recipients who have no known living family members are also encouraged to check the Roll of Honor for names and to contribute such items.”
In order to verify receipt of the medal, requested documentation includes a variety of materials, including: DD-214 or other discharge forms listing awards; medical forms; a photo of the back of the medal bearing the recipient’s name; or other supporting materials.
“Enrollment is free; download an enrollment form online at: www.thepurpleheart.com (pdf attached). If you need help obtaining necessary military discharge papers for documentation, contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The NPRC can be accessed electronically, or through the mail. Their Web address is: http://www.archives.gov/st-
Adds the Senator, “During this holiday season of giving and remembering others, two more outstanding programs would like to hear from you so that together, we can make a difference in the lives of our veterans or soldiers (and their families) currently serving in theatre, or facing deployment to, Iraq or Afghanistan”:
Cell Phones for Soldiers, 243 Winter Street, Norwell , Massachusetts 02061
Web site: http://www.
Call toll free at 800-426-1031; for all program inquiries, email: cellphonesforsoldiers@
For questions on calling cards, please email: email@example.com.
America’s Adopt a Soldier, P.O. Box 1049, Springfield, Virginia 22151
Web site: http://www.
Mary E. Keeser, Chair & Founder