9 students will be going to college for free thanks to the Military Order of the Purple Heart

mophpic 9 students will be going to college for free thanks to the Military Order of the Purple Heart

From left to right Tucker Ross, Emma Ross, Cameron Taylor, Destiny Clary, Addison Lynch, Autumn Jenkins, Ashley Pearson, Gabriella Carlisle. Bottom: Gary Galaezzi. (Matt Saintsing/ConnectingVets)

By Matt Saintsing

A Purple Heart recipient and eight children or grandchildren of Purple Heart recipients were honored on Tuesday during a scholarship ceremony presented by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) in Washington, DC.

Each year, the MOPH awards nearly 80 scholarships to Purple Heart recipients, their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

On Tuesday, family members gathered to witness the soon-to-be college students receive a total of $45,000 to fund their future studies.

“My Dad is a Purple Heart recipient, so we are really close to foundations that assist, and we were just on the scholarship hunt, so it was a really good connection for us”, said Gabriella Carlisle, who will major in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware.

Her father served in Iraq as a U.S. Marine and is still on active duty.

Addison Lynch’s grandfather was injured while serving in the 99th Infantry Division in Germany during World War II. The current Certified Nursing Assistant seeks to further develop her education by majoring in nursing at James Madison University.

“I really like helping people, and going to different places. After I get my RN I want to go to Sierra Leone to work in the hospital that my church started there”, said Lynch.

Purple Heart recipient Greg Galeazzi, 31, who lost his legs in an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2011, will attend Harvard Medical School.

He links his military service to his acceptance into one of the nation’s top medical schools. “It was the years after I graduated, and being a junior Infantry officer, that I really learned a lot about myself. I built discipline and leadership skills. It takes a lot of discipline and commitment being a physician,” said Galeazzi.

His scholarship will be used to pay for his move from his home in Virginia to Boston, and for supplies for his upcoming studies. “There is a lot of starting equipment required from stethoscopes to all these different tools that you need as a medical student,” said Galeazzi.

Over the past 10 years, the MOPH Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships for undergraduate and trade school education to Purple Heart recipients, as well as their spouses and children.

Throughout the past decade, the MOPH has awarded over $2,500,000 in scholarships to eligible applicants through generous donations.

The MOPH is comprised of veterans who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat. The organization supports all veterans, and their families through nation-wide programs, including the National Service Program, which is designed to help veterans in applying for VA benefits.

If you have any questions about the MOPH Scholarship Program, please contact Mr. Stewart McKeown at MOPH Headquarters (703)-642-5360 Ext: 108 or Email: scholarship@purpleheart.org.

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