Veterans' AffairsAs you may have heard, a new facility is under construction
to permanently house the stories and mementos of thousands of Purple Heart
recipients from around the nation. The
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, a 7,500 square foot facility being
constructed in New York State, will share the stories of America’s combat
wounded veterans and those who never came back, all recipients of the Purple
Since 1932, over one million members of the military from
all walks of life earned this medal in service to the nation. Their stories will be preserved and shared
through exhibits, live and videotaped interviews with the veterans themselves,
and the Roll of Honor, an interactive computer program preserving the stories
of each individual. Guests will also
have the opportunity to leave messages of thanks for veterans to read. A video recording studio will allow veterans
or surviving family members to add their stories to the historic record, while
a contemplative courtyard will provide a quiet space to reflect on the lives
touched by these women and men.
If you are a Purple Heart Recipient, or know someone who is,
you can make sure their story will be preserved by contacting Ginny's office at (352)
799-8354 or toll-free at (866) 492-4835.
One of Ginny's staff members will be happy to send you a form where you can
fill out your name and personal story, proof of receipt (a DD-214 discharge
certificate or equivalent), as well as any photographs and personal mementos
that will help tell each recipient’s story. Ginny will then make sure that the National Purple
Heart Hall of Honor receives your unique story and learns of your bravery and
service to our nation.
Ginny is widely known as a leading advocate on veterans’ issues in Washington. A member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, she has been instrumental in the monumental progress the Congress has made on veterans’ issues.
Immediately after coming to Washington, Ginny contacted the VA and the White House about the unacceptable wait times at VA clinics in the 5th Congressional District. Before even coming to Congress she began working on solving the problem. She has secured new healthcare facilities in Sumter and Marion Counties, and successfully lobbied for major expansions and improvements at VA facilities in Citrus, Hernando and Polk Counties.
Using her position on the House Committee on the Budget in 2003, Ginny worked to include language in the FY ’04 Budget requiring VA facilities to report to Congress on the number of cancelled veterans’ healthcare appointments and the reasons for the cancellations. The following year, she insisted on additional funding for veterans’ healthcare, and successfully added $200 million to the FY’ 05 Budget with the “Brown-Waite Amendment.”
More recently, President Bush signed into law Ginny's legislation to drastically increase the home loan benefit available to veterans. The bill garnered wide bi-partisan support and earned Ginny national accolades.
With more veterans living in the 5th Congressional District than any other District in the United States, Ginny has worked hard to ensure that veterans' military service gets the attention that it deserves. One way to recognize this service is to take part in the Veterans History Project. This Project seeks to record the stories and histories of our nation's veterans, before they are lost forever. Click here if you would like more information about the Veterans History Project, or contact Ginny's Brooksville office at (352) 799-8354.
New Purple Heart Hall
of Honor to Open Soon – Send Your Stories Today
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REP. BROWN-WAITE ANNOUNCES WEST POINT, NAVAL AND AIR FORCE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS
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