Nov 2, 2006
Today in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Third District Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) received the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) for his commitment and service to veterans. The award was presented by Mike Burris of the MOPH and Bill Carr, Commander of MOPH Chapter 657 and Chaplain of North Carolina. “Congressman Jones is doing an outstanding job for all veterans and has never failed any veteran I know,” said Carr. “Every time the Purple Heart has called on Congressman Jones, he has always been there for us.” The Distinguished Service Award recognized Jones for his “exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service to … community, fellow citizens and veterans.” “I am honored and touched by this award,” Congressman Jones said. “America’s veterans are also America’s heroes, and they deserve the best service we can offer. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent so many men and women who have served or who are currently serving our nation in uniform, and I feel privileged to represent a district with such a rich military foundation.” Congressman Jones received the service award along with Stuart Kornegay, Youth Football Association Director and Booster Club and Advisory Board President; David Bunch, P.T.A. President; Dennis Hill, Managing Editor of the Goldsboro News-Argus; and William Holloman of the Mount Olive Tribune. 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. It is specifically a combat decoration. 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 organization consists of approximately 485 chapters and represents more than 40,000 members nationwide. For additional information or to schedule an interview with Congressman Walter B. Jones please contact Kathleen Joyce at (202) 225-3415.