Georgia Senator introduces legislation to protect Purple Heart

Purple HeartCourtesy of  Lesley Fulop, Press Secretary, Sen. David Perdue /

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) is leading an effort to protect the Purple Heart and stop second-hand dealers from profiting on the sacrifices of America’s war heroes.

“Many Purple Heart medals are lost and stolen from the original recipient or their family members,” said Perdue. “It is our job to preserve the sacrifices made by our (military members). To do this successfully, we need to stop second-hand parties from selling our veterans’ treasured medals. Frankly, I cannot believe this hasn’t already been done and I will continue to do all I can to honor the many sacrifices our troops have made to protect our freedoms.”

Georgia Senator David Perdue posthumously presents the Purple Heart to the family of 1LT Franklyn Lewis Snyder on April 22, 2016 (Courtesy photo).

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) posthumously presents the Purple Heart to the family of 1st Lt. Franklyn Lewis Snyder April 22, 2016 (Courtesy photo).

Perdue has introduced legislation to prevent the unauthorized selling of lost or stolen medals.

“It’s a great day in Georgia now that Sen. David Perdue has sponsored the Purple Heart Preservation Act,” said Doug Middleton, Region IV Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart out of Roswell, GA. “The sacrifice and valor represented by the Purple Heart medal should never be cheapened by being treated as if it were some simple commodity that can be bartered. Recipients of the medal and families of fallen heroes appreciate the stance Senator Perdue has taken to safeguard the significance of our nation’s oldest military decoration.”

Purple Heart-bunchMilitary veteran’s organizations strongly support Perdue’s efforts.

“The National Military and Veterans Alliance appreciates Sen. Perdue’s leadership with regard to introducing the Purple Heart Preservation Act,”said Ted Painter, co-director of the National Military and Veterans Alliance (NMVA).“Regrettably, unscrupulous persons have found a profitable market in the buying and selling of our military’s oldest award, given when a service member is wounded in combat. This act will make the buying or selling of these time honored awards illegal and the NMVA is proud to support this legislation.”

Background:

Private Corrado Piccoli was an Infantryman assigned to Company H, 180th Infantry Regiment, which fell under the 45th Infantry Division. Corrado was reported missing in action in the village of Fremifontaine, France, and later reported Killed in Action there on Oct. 7, 1944.  https://purpleheartsreunited.org/heart/howard-d-seibert/

Senator Perdue introduced the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act on March 29, 2017. Companion legislation was introduced by Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA-8) in the House of Representatives on January 13, 2017.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/544?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22purple+heart%22%5D%7D&r=3

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