Military Order Of The Purple Heart

The organization now known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration.
Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and, at the community level,from the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. Violas are assembled by disabled and needy veterans, many of whom receive little or no compensation from other sources. Thus, your contribution to our programs serve are two-fold. First, they help the veterans who participate in these endeavors and, secondly, they enable the organization to do many things on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.

Wives, mothers, daughters and adopted daughters of Purple Heart recipients are eligible to belong to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which also does important work nationally and locally in veterans’ hospitals.

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Patriot Guard Riders: Gary Zazitski

The Family of Sp/4 Gary Zazitski DOB 7/7/50, has graciously invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag line as they lay their loved one to rest. Gary served in the United States Army from 9/11/67 to 9/10/70 in the 503rd MP Battalion in the 82nd Airborne. Upon completion of service he received an Honorable Discharge. Gary also did a tour in Viet Nam. Awards and Medals include six Army Commendation Medals, Army Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Jump Wings Medal. He is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and his former wife. Sp/4 Gary Zazitski passed away at Bay Pines Hospital on 7/6/17.

This hero served our Great Nation and us. This is our turn to stand for this hero, as he laid to rest and given Military Honors. Please bring your 3×5 American flags and stand in silent respect for this hero.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 25 Jul 2017

Primary Staging Time: 1:45 P.M.
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Ride Captain:
Bill Franklin
Gulfrader@comcast.net
941-350-2547

Special Instructions:
Stage: 1345
Brief: 1400
Service: 1415
Flag Line as Determined by R/C

Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Henry Hyde
Position: Assistant State Captain

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Gold Star Wives Of America

The Gold Star Wives Of America are widows/widowers whose spouses died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or as result of service-connected disabilities.
The widows/widowers of service personnel of all armed conflicts involving the United States of America.
The mothers and fathers of children whose parents gave their life in the service of the country.
The widows/widowers of service personnel of all ranks, races, and creeds.

“Only a service spouse understands the sorrow and problems of another service spouse.”

Each legislative session of Congress brings up new legislation directly pertaining to military survivors. Members of Gold Star Wives appear before various House and Senate Committees on issues concerning compensation, educational benefits, medical care and other programs pertaining to the welfare of military survivors.

We believe surviving spouses and dependent children need an organization dedicated solely to their needs, concerns, and welfare.

We believe that United we are stronger, and that together we stand and divided we fall and are forgotten.

Local chapters of the Gold Star Wives Of America carry our programs of service to their members and communities and are the “back bone” of Gold Star Wives. The work and policies of the organization have their beginnings at the Chapter level. Members-at-large living in communities where no active chapter exists are kept informed through Region and National Newsletters.

The United States is divided into eight regions headed by Region Officers elected by the region members. Resolutions, slates of National Officers, and recommendations adopted in annual spring conferences are submitted to the National Convention.

The National organization, composed of elected Officers and Board of Directors representing all Regions, carry out the business of the organization. Annual National Conventions are held in different locations usually in July, during which members make final decisions concerning national policies of Gold Star Wives.
carry our programs of service to their members and communities and are the “back bone” of Gold Star Wives. The work and policies of the organization have their beginnings at the Chapter level. Members-at-large living in communities where no active chapter exists are kept informed through Region and National Newsletters.

The United States is divided into eight regions headed by Region Officers elected by the region members. Resolutions, slates of National Officers, and recommendations adopted in annual spring conferences are submitted to the National Convention.

The National organization, composed of elected Officers and Board of Directors representing all Regions, carry out the business of the organization. Annual National Conventions are held in different locations usually in July, during which members make final decisions concerning national policies of the Gold Star Wives Of America.

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Tragedy Assistance Program TAPS

THE MISSION OF TAPS

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

TAPS has assisted more than 70,000 surviving families, casualty officers and caregivers.

They provide a variety of programs to survivors nation and worldwide. Our National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been held annually in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend since 1994. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world. Staff can get you connected to counseling in your community and help navigate benefits and resources.

If you are grieving the loss of a fallen service member, or if you know someone who can use our support, the TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline is always available toll-free with loving support and resources at 800-959-TAPS (8277).
OUR WORK

PEER SUPPORT FOR BEREAVED SURVIVORS

Peer support gives those who have had a unique experience or who are facing a personal challenge the framework to connect with another with that shared experience or challenge, either individually or in a group setting. By the simple act of knowing they are not alone in their experience and realizing that others have overcome the challenges they are facing, peers find validation, normalization, and ultimately a sense of hopefulness.

TAPS was founded on the principles of best practices in peer-based emotional support for bereaved survivors. Today, they provide care to over 70,000 grieving military family members using these best practices. Renowned researcher Dr. Paul Bartone has documented the impact of this work in a landmark new systematic review of evidence and best practices in peer-based support. This report highlights eight ground rules for successful programs that can be benchmarked by all those working in peer-based programs.

CLICK HERE to visit TAPS website and learn more.

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800-959-8277

(Military families seeking information regarding support for military members currently serving are urged to contact the USO)

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