Tricounty News

Purple Heart Service Foundation

As part of its ongoing mission to help combat-injured and disabled veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (MOPHSF) is donating a wheelchair-accessible, 15-passenger bus to the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The new bus, which was presented to the VA Medical Center Monday, Oct. 27, will give patients more convenient and readily-available transportation options for treatment and recreational needs. "This bus is much more than just a vehicle, it's an important part of our ability to deliver the quality of care that our veterans deserve," said Barry Bahl, director of the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. "We're grateful to the Purple Heart Service Foundation for recognizing the needs we have in this area and for stepping up to help our patients who rely on transportation for treatment and to stay connected to the community." "We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude for what they have given to our country and we're pleased to be able to say 'thank you' with this bus for the freedoms we enjoy every day as a result of their sacrifices," said Bill Wroolie MOPHSF executive board member and Minnesota resident. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation provides pioneering programs to meet today's challenges faced by combat-wounded veterans and their families. Among its other activities, the organization provides online job training through its Veterans Business Training Center to disabled and combat-wounded veterans. The VBTC, which uses web-based learning technology to recruit and train qualified veterans for careers in the teleservices industry, maximizes the students' prior military training and skills for application to the information industry. For more information visit www.purpleheart  foundation.org. The St. Cloud VA Medical Center delivers care to more than 31,000 unique patients in the upper Midwest region. Services offered include primary medical, specialty and mental health care, acute psychiatry services, and extended care and rehabilitation. The medical center also offers care at its Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Brainerd and Montevideo, Minnesota. A new Community Based Outpatient Clinic is scheduled to open in 2009 in Alexandria.