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. Please see this link for more information: http://www.purpleheart.org/HistoryOrder.aspx
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 a multitude of programs that aid all veterans and their families.
Chartered in 1957, the Purple Heart Foundation is the fundraising engine that supports the Military Order of the Purple Heart and it's National Service Officer Program, Ladies Auxiliary, Scholarship program, addressing Women's Veterans issues and Other Community Outreach programs. With additional grants and outreach programs, we lend support to organizations whose programs align with the Purple Heart's mission of honoring the sacrifice of Americas Veterans and their families..
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 the Purple Heart Foundation. The Purple Heart provides counseling and a wide range of programs and support services, along with unwavering advocacy on behalf of Americas Veteran Community.