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Group to offer help for disabled veterans

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on January 13, 2013 1:50 AM

The local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is currently working to help improve the quality of living for disabled Wayne County veterans -- offering to construct ramps at the homes of those who need wheelchair accessibility.

But funding for these projects is limited.

So MOPH Commander Carlyle Waters is asking those in need to contact him as soon as possible -- to ensure the organization has ample time to determine just how many ramps it can fund and which veterans have the most need for them.

"We have a little money and we want to help some veterans," Waters said. "Especially if they're war-time veterans."

Those who want more information on the group's effort -- from veterans who would like a ramp installed to residents who would like to provide additional funding to enable the organization to complete more -- are asked to contact Waters at 919-778-8275.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart was founded, locally, by retired Marine and Purple Heart recipient Bill Carr, who was awarded the decoration for injuries sustained on the battlefield in Vietnam.

The organization recently honored the Rosewood High School ROTC program and is now taking on this latest project in an attempt to bolster its membership and become as visible in the local community as it has been in years past.

All Purple Heart recipients are encouraged to contact Waters should they wish to join the organization or participate in the ramps for veterans program.