Mayor Pat Moeller was pleased to learn Hamilton was among Ohio’s earliest Purple Heart cities.
“This community does respect its veterans,” Moeller said. “Whether it be the special days where we recognize them, like Veterans Day or July 4. We try to think of our veterans every day.”
The group’s trained service officers help all veterans for free. The organization raises money to pay their salaries and provide the supplies they need to help any veteran that walks through the door and needs help with any of a variety of issues, including hospitalization, compensation, education, spousal benefits and housing, he said.
“It makes it much easier for the vets,” said Kohl, who noted he works a lot with Gold Star parents.
“We’re kind-of a well-kept secret for some reason, he said. “We’re chartered by Congress.”
To receive the group’s help, someone must be an honorably discharged veteran, whether wounded or not. More information about the Military Order of the Purple Heart can be found online at www.purpleheart.org or at any VA hospital.