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Begich Receives Major Recognition from Combat Veterans’ Organization


Vows to Continue Fight, Deliver Results for Veterans

U.S. Senator Mark Begich received the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Inspirational Leadership Award last week for his advocacy on behalf of veterans, military members and their families.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award and am determined to continue my fight on behalf of our nation’s veterans,” said Begich. “These Americans have continued to fight even after coming home from the battlefield—but now they are fighting to make sure their brothers-in-arms and their families get the all the benefits they have earned and deserve. This award will be an inspiration and a reminder to me to be ever vigilant against efforts to cut veterans’ programs and limit their benefits.”

“Senator Begich has done so much to help veterans over the past five years,” said Alaskan Ron Siebels who is MOPH national commander and a Purple Heart recipient. “He has shown true commitment to veterans issues through his support of increased funding for PTSD and suicide research, help for homeless veterans, care closer to home, funding for veterans programs and pushing for advance appropriations. I was honored to present him with this recognition of his work in the Senate on behalf of veterans.”

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.  Each year, MOPH pays special recognition to one national leader who best demonstrates inspirational leadership and distinguished service to the nation’s veterans. The Award was presented by MOPH National Commander Ron Siebels and MOPH National Legislative Director Hershel Gober on March 27.

With his award, Begich received a written certificate that reads:

Senator Begich has introduced legislation that would improve the lives of homeless veterans, require enhanced outreach to veterans to assist them in accessing all federal, state and local programs available to veterans.

Senator Begich sponsored legislation that would provide advanced appropriations for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs which, in the event of a government wide shut down would ensure that veterans would receive the benefits to which they are entitled to from the VA.

Senator Begich is an active member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and has proven his unwavering dedication to the veterans that the committee serves.

Senator Begich’s service to veterans and the committee demonstrates all that is good and honorable about government service and reflects favorably upon the U.S. Senate, the State of Alaska, and the United States of America.

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