Combat Wounded Veteran to Receive Free Truck Retro-Fit to Accommodate Loss of Both Legs
On Friday, June 22 at 10 am, Senator Bill Larkin invites the greater Hudson Valley veterans community to come out to a special event featuring the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s (MOPH) annual Purple Heart Truck Run.
The event is being held at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor , 374 Temple Hill Road in New Windsor.
Chapter 1782 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart is hosting the ceremony to welcome the 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run to The National Purple Heart Hall Of Honor as it traverses its 7,800 mile odyssey across America. U.S. Army Sergeant (Ret.) Justin Burdette, a double amputee combat veteran who will receive the 2018 truck, will be on hand for the ceremony.
Following a demonstration of the truck and introduction of the drivers, participants will be invited to sign the truck. The media and the public are invited to attend this special ceremony.
The focus of the 2018 “Purple Heart Truck Run” will be “Mobility is Freedom.” Sponsored jointly by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS), the Purple Heart Run features a mobility-equipped, 201u Ford F-150 truck, adapted to accommodate combat-wounded veterans who are paralyzed or have lost legs and/or arms.
Driven exclusively by amputee Veterans, the Purple Heart Run will make its way from coast-to-coast on a 7,800 mile odyssey, rallying communities across America to thank our Nation’s military veterans and support this great mission. The Purple Heart Run will begin in Springfield, VA on June 17, 2018, traverse the nation to California and end in Spokane, Washington on 30 June 2018 at the MOPH National Convention.
The truck will be given to U.S. Army Sergeant (Ret.) Justin Burdette, a Purple Heart recipient, who was chosen from a nation-wide search of eligible and deserving nominees.
On June 9, 2013, Patriot Burdette was three months into his third deployment to Afghanistan when his platoon received incoming mortar and rocket fire while on a dismounted patrol in Wardak province. Justin was hit with a 107 mm rocket, and the blast caused him to lose both legs below the knees. For his injuries, he was awarded the Purple Heart medal.