Who are we
and what we do!
The (nationwide) organization for
combat-wounded veterans is chartered by the Congress of the United States.
This (local) Texas Capital Chapter has nearly six hundred members throughout
the state, but most live in the greater Austin metropolitan area. In
furtherance of the objects of the Order, the chapter undertakes educational,
fraternal, historical, and patriotic activities in conformance with its
Constitution and By-Laws, as set forth in Public Law 85-761. Among
Giving needed hospital and
service work through the Veterans Administration.
Chapter 1919 volunteers regularly donate their services in the Austin VA
Outpatient Clinic and the Temple VA Hospital.
Additionally, the chapter has provided part of the purchase cost
of a new van for the Cedar Park VA Outpatient Clinic, donated over $6,000 to
VA Social Work staff to provide emergency travel and incidental expenses for
needy patients that have medical appointments in distant locations when they
would otherwise not be able to travel, and provided funds and donated
clothing for VA projects in Austin for needy female and homeless veterans.
Acting with other organizations
having worthy objectives. For 2015, Chapter 1919’s
“Operation Purple Santa,” in partnership with
the Wounded” raised $11,235 and provided Christmas gifts for
children of recently returned Iraq-Afghanistan veterans at Fort Hood (239
children) and at Lackland AFB (80 children). In coordination with
“Mustang Mentors” the chapter holds annual golf tournaments
helping raise funds for that highly successful program providing therapy for
the traumatic brain injured by training wild mustangs.
During the heavy troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the
chapter participated with the City of Austin and Camp
Mabry in sending 444 “care packages” primarily to isolated troop
units (and the chapter purchased, packed and shipped another 300 care
packages without assistance).
In an earlier initiative, the chapter
shipped 1,000 lbs. of used children’s clothing to Iraq where it
was distributed to needy families by 4th Infantry Division soldiers from
Fort Hood, that had requested that help. Chapter 1919 annually confers
Leadership Awards to cadets in the eight ROTC programs at The University of
Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, and to the Junior ROTC
programs in 24 participating High Schools in the Texas Capital area.
Providing needed assistance, comfort
and aid to needy and distressed veterans and their families.
Throughout its history, the chapter has provided
financial aid to needy veterans, most recently now that is for discharged
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Such aid is provided only in cases that have
been vetted by the VA and then confirmed as legitimate by the chapter, the
funds being paid directly for rent, utility bills, car repairs, etc., and
not to the individual. Noteworthy cases have been $1,400 to restore
disconnected city of Austin utilities services for a veteran who had lost an
arm and an eye in combat in Vietnam. It also has purchased and moved
into position, a replacement mobile home for a combat wounded veteran who
had lost his home in a fire.
Preserving and strengthening
comradeship and patriotism among the members. Our fraternal
obligation is, “No member should be allowed to be friendless when lonely, or
without aid when in need”. The Chapter newsletter, PATRIOT BULLETIN,
has a history of receiving multiple annual awards as the “Best Purple Heart
Newsletter in the Nation”. It is used to educate members about the Order, to
instill a deeper sense of patriotism, and to provide information concerning
veterans benefits, especially those benefits directed to recipients of the
Purple Heart. Perhaps most importantly, it provides a “sense of
belonging” for our distant members.
Influencing and teaching our
citizenry, in a loyal appreciation of the heritages of American citizenship.
Combat wounded veterans have made appearances at the University of Texas
ROTC, to local high schools and elementary schools to relate their wartime
experiences and to talk on Americanism.
Educational Assistance. The
Chapter coordinated establishment of a $100,000 permanent endowment at
Austin Community College for scholarships that is open to veterans and
spouses. This endowment was established in 2001, and since that time the
Chapter has periodically contributed additional funds.
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Commemorating national patriotic
holidays. Two special dates are celebrated each
year that are unique to this organization. The first is “Purple Heart
Day”, the anniversary of the establishment of the Purple Heart Award by
General George Washington on Aug 7, 1782, which is observed with public
ceremony. Also, Chapter 1919 celebrates the birthday of General George
Washington, the father of our nation and the founder of the Purple Heart,
with an annual dinner party. High profile guest speakers for Chapter
1919 events have included the governor, lieutenant governor, senators and
representatives of the state of Texas, and U.S. congressmen. On the
other traditional national patriotic holidays, the chapter participates in
parades or public ceremonies on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence
1919 is incorporated in the State of Texas as a tax-exempt, non-profit
veterans group operating as a 501 (C) (19) organization. Chapter 1919 owns
no real estate and its officers and volunteers work from their homes and
serve without pay or financial incentive. One hundred percent of all
contributed money is applied to further the work described above. The
chapter does not engage in mass-mailings or phone solicitation, and does not
employ professional fund-raisers. Instead, we rely upon the good will of
those who know of and support our worthy programs; primarily through
“Booster” contributions from among the membership, from outside individuals
and from corporate donors. Donations to MOPH Chapter 1919 fully qualify as
charitable contributions under the federal tax code and IRS rules.