Meet Your Surprise Organization: Military Order of the Purple Hearts
Name: Michael E. Mahoney Chapter 691, Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA, Inc. (MOPH)
Story: Launched October 1996, chartered by National Headquarters on December 21, 1996 with 54 members as Sun Cities Chapter 691. The chapter changed its name in 2009 to honor our first commanding officer, Michael E. Mahoney after his passing. Today we have 251 members and associate members living across the West Valley and beyond.
Jown/district: Phoenix/West Valley area
Business hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The chapter meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month, except July through August, at the Sands Chevrolet Surprise Purple Heart. Beneficiaries and visitors are always welcome. (http://691.mophaz.org/#meetings).
Highlights from personal experience: The members are all combat wounded veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. We have members from every service except Space Force.
Highlights of the professional career: It is one of eight active chapters in Arizona and one of MOPH’s 388 chapters worldwide. MOPH has over 49,000 members and associate members (family members of Purple Heart recipients, including Gold Star families. The United States Military Order of the Purple Heart, Inc. is the only veterans service organization approved by Congress exclusively for veterans and service members injured in conflict with an armed enemy of the United States).
Assignment: The Military Order of the Purple Heart fosters an environment of camaraderie among veterans injured in combat in order to promote patriotism, to serve the military, our veterans and our communities.
What the Chapter loves most about doing business here: West Valley Communities is very supportive of all Veteran and Veteran family oriented matters, including legislative initiatives, programs for children and youth, and assists all Veterans and family members of Veterans .
What the chapter promotes: Support for all veterans and families of veterans.
A key event in April: The Chapter’s Virtual Golf Tournament was held simultaneously at five different West Valley courses in April. The first event of its kind in the Valley. Funds raised are used to help prevent veteran suicide, raise suicide awareness, and help veterans and veteran families in need here in Arizona.
Contact information: For more information on Chapter 691 (http://691.mophaz.org/) or the Military Order of the Purple Heart (https://purpleheart.org/) or contact Larry Leighton at 623-776-5443 or email him at [email protected]