Military Order of the Purple Heart
On Monday, July 30, Sergeant Justin Burdette, U.S. Army (Ret) a double amputee combat veteran received the 2018 Purple Heart truck in Spokane WA. The focus of the “Purple Heart Truck” is Mobility is Freedom, sponsored jointly by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded Warriors Family Support. A mobility equipped vehicle, adapted to accommodate combat-wounded veterans who are paralyzed or loss of limbs. On June 9, 2013, Sergeant Burdette was on his third deployment to Afghanistan when his platoon received incoming mortar and rocket fire while on a dismounted patrol in Wardak province. Sergeant Burdette 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. The truck, donated by the Wounded Warriors Family Support in Omaha, NE was presented by John Bircher, National Director of Public Relations, Neil Van Ess Commander of the Military Order of Programs Director, and MGySgt Martin Duarte at the 2018 National Convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The truck traveled twenty six states and over eight thousand miles.