On August 7th, we celebrate Purple Heart Day. Today America recognizes the brave men and women wounded or killed while serving. We celebrate this day today because it's the anniversary of the medal's creation. George Washington created the military award during the Revolutionary War. Back then, he called it the Badge of Military Merit. Soldiers earned it by demonstrating exceptional bravery on the battlefield.
Then, in 1932, the medal became the Purple Heart. That's because the medal was renamed to honor Washington's coat of arms, which featured a purple field with white stars. In 2000, Congress established August 7th as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
What is a Purple Heart Medal?
The Purple Heart medal is one of the oldest military awards. In fact, it predates even the Medal of Honor. To this day, it remains one of the most prestigious and coveted medals. It is a reflection of physical courage and mental strength. Receiving this military decoration can be a sad occasion but also a tremendous honor. Wounded or killed in action service members are eligible to receive the Purple Heart.
Organizations That Support Veterans
Many organizations support veterans who have received this medal. These organizations provide financial assistance, counseling, and other services to help these veterans readjust to civilian life.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart provides assistance to all veterans who have received the award, regardless of when or where they served.
Financial assistance, counseling, and other services to veterans of all eras is offered via the National Veterans Foundation.
Move United provides adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans, including those with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Hope For the Warriors offers comprehensive support services to post-9/11 service members, veterans, and their families.
These organizations offer various services that can help these veterans readjust to civilian life and cope with their injuries. If you know someone who has earned a Purple Heart medal, take a moment on August 7th to thank them for their service,