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Lipinski Introduces Purple Heart Heroes Act

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has introduced the Purple Heart Heroes Act of 2017, which would grant every recipient of the Purple Heart and their dependents access to Department of Defense commissaries and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) facilities.

“These heroes and their families deserve our utmost gratitude,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “It is our duty as a nation to not only say that we appreciate their brave service, but also to enact policies demonstrating that gratitude.  This simple action would make Purple Heart recipients and their families’ lives a little easier while costing taxpayers nothing.”

Commissaries are grocery/department stores on military installations that sell food and some household items.  MWR facilities offer a range of services on bases, including libraries, outdoor recreation, dining, golf courses, and sports and fitness centers.

The Purple Heart is the oldest honor that members of our military are given and it is awarded to those who have been wounded or died in combat fighting for the United States.  Since the modern incarnation of the award was established in 1932, roughly 1.8 million members of the military have received the Purple Heart.  The Military Order of the Purple Heart has endorsed the Purple Heart Heroes Act of 2017