Purple Heart Run returns to Washington, D.C. at end of its Cross Country Tour to Award Specially Adapted Ford F-150 to Double Amputee Veteran Nicholas Thom.

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, combat
wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life.
They have made great sacrifices to ensure our freedoms, but often go
unrecognized. The road to recovery and reintegration into their
communities can be a long and difficult struggle for our nation’s
wounded warriors and their families.

On Saturday, May 28, at 4:00 PM, The
Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), and Wounded Warrior Family
Support (WWFS) will jointly host a ceremony to welcome the Purple
Heart Run
to Washington, DC at the end of a month-long, 6,700 mile,
coast-to-coast tour to raise awareness of the costs of war and promote
the tour’s motto, “Mobility is Freedom.” The
welcome ceremony to will be held at the iconic Iwo Jima Memorial,
Arlington Blvd. and Meade St., Arlington, VA.
The Public and the
Media are invited to join us to view the ceremony and sign the truck

At the ceremony, the MOPH National Commander Bob Puskar will present the
keys to the truck to LCPL Nicholas Thom, a combat wounded veteran and
double amputee from the war in Afghanistan. Patriot Thom was selected to
receive the truck after a nationwide call for nominees who had received
the Purple Heart medal. In attendance will be a number of local
officials, and a large number of Purple Heart recipients from across the

The focus of the 2016 “Purple Heart Run” was “Mobility is Freedom.”
Sponsored jointly by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded
Warriors Family Support, the Purple Heart Run features a
mobility-equipped, 2015 Ford F-150 Super Cab truck, adapted to suit
combat-wounded veterans who are paralyzed or have lost legs or arms. Our
belief is that, given the right vehicle for mobility, a combat-wounded
veteran will have the freedom to live a productive and quality life with
his or her family.

The truck was driven during the first half of the trip by Cpl Tyler
Huffman (USMC, Ret.), a combat wounded and paralyzed veteran of the war
in Afghanistan, and on the second half by Captain Joe Tidwell (USA,
Ret.), a combat wounded and disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. The Purple
Heart Run
has made its way from coast-to-coast and back, rallying
communities to thank our country’s military veterans and support this
great mission. The Purple Heart Run began in Mount Vernon, VA, on May 2,
traversed the nation to California and now is returning to end in
Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day weekend.

The mission of Wounded
Warrior Family Support (WWFS)
is to provide support to the
families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat
operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways: some
financially, some psychologically, and the overwhelming stress of the
recovery process can threaten to tear a family apart. Programs include:
A Family Retreat program to provide vacation retreats, free of charge; a
Caregiver Respite Program to provide respite and supplemental services
nationwide to the caregivers and families of wounded war veterans; and
the “Mobility is Freedom” program which provides grants to qualified
combat-wounded veterans for the purchase of a Ford vehicle, specially
adapted to suit veterans who are paralyzed or have lost legs or arms. To
learn more or to make a donation, go online to www.wwfs.org.

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
Purple Heart medal. Chartered by 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 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, JROTC Leadership Awards,
Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and
numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service
to Veterans and their families. To learn more or to make a donation, go
online to www.purpleheart.org.


Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc. (MOPH)
E. Bircher III
Public Relations Director