Wounded Veteran Receives Purple Heart Truck
Chapter 1782 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart joined Senator Bill Larkin for a ceremony on June 22 to welcome the 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run to The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
The focus of the 2018 “Purple Heart Truck Run” is “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.
The truck will be given to U.S. Army Sergeant (Ret.) Justin Burdette, a Purple Heart recipient and double amputee combat veteran, 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.
Senator Larkin Receives Medallion of Merit
Near the conclusion of the ceremony MOPH National Commander Neil Van Ess presented Senator Larkin with “The George Washington Medallion of Merit” on the occasion of his retirement from the New York State Senate and his unwavering service to our veterans, specifically the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
“It was a pleasure to host the Purple Heart Truck Run here at the Hall of Honor,” said Senator Bill Larkin. “Receiving the George Washington Medallion of Merit was a special moment for me. To receive an award bearing the name of George Washington is an honor and will be something I plan to pass down to my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
(Photos by Bob McCormick)
Pic 1: Burdette stands beside his Purple Heart Truck.
Pic 2: Burdette speaks with a Vietnam veteran.