2017 Purple Hearts Reunited Annual Report

LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER

The Foundation continues to grow in leaps and bounds, both organizationally and personally. Through the long hours of research, travel, and all the adversity, we were able to find strength in the virtue of returning Valor, which led to the most successful year since our creation.

I’m also pleased that we welcomed two new members of the Valor Guard who are female Veterans.  As the son of a

female Veteran, I’ve witnessed the struggles women have faced over the years and my mother’s ability to overcome

unnecessary obstacles has been an example I’ve always tried to follow.  Female integration in our society and

military is a necessary step to making us a better and stronger nation and I’m proud that Purple Hearts Reunited is

at the forefront of reaching this goal.

Our Executive Director Sarah had another strong year and secured some amazing partnerships from across the

country.  With these new friends, we will be able to pool our resources and begin to answer the question we ask

ourselves every day, “What more can we do for our Veteran’s and their families?”  We find this cohort of Americans

to be our country’s national treasures and without them, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we often so carelessly enjoy. 

This foundation is our small way of paying them the honor they deserve and preserving their invaluable legacies.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the hundreds of individual donors who contributed to our mission last year.  These donors,

both from small and large towns across our country, often don’t have the money to give, but they choose to do so

anyway because they passionately believe in our mission.  These donors are the life blood of this foundation and we

Not only did we meet our goal of returning 100 lost, stolen, or misplaced artifacts, we successfully expanded

share their love with every family we honor.

our Valor Guard and Valor Research programs.  As a team, we were able to increase our returns by 44%, our

researchers produced hundreds of volunteer research hours, and our Valor Guard teams traveled some 30,000

I’ll close by sending love to my family.  As Dr. Brothers once said, “When you look at your life the greatest happiness’s

miles to return Valor in 34 states.  These returns encompassed all eras of service to include our first return to a

are family happiness’s”.  Through this foundation, I’ve always attempted to create a positive example my children could

mother of a fallen patriot of Desert Storm.

grow from, but to date, they have taught me so much more.  Being a husband and father has been, without a doubt,

my greatest source of achievement, pride, and inspiration.  They have taught me unconditional love, supported the

I am particularly proud of the event we held in New York City dubbed Eight on Seven.  Individual returns can be

importance of returning Valor, and simply taught me how to be a better person.  I look forward to sharing those lessons

a life changing occurrence, but we wanted to see what would happen if we brought eight likeminded families

with you and continuing to honor our Veterans in the new year.

together to experience that moment as a group.  We were not surprised to find that these families not only

benefited from the enjoyable adventure to the Big Apple, but they bonded over the grievance of a loved one’s

God Bless,

loss, their own personal struggles to find closure, and the emotional impact of being reunited with their Valor.

Through that process, they left with not only new friends that will last a lifetime, but they left as a family, which

we believe to be one of God’s greatest gifts. It was an amazing journey for everyone involved and we look forward

to repeating this event next year.

Zachariah L. Fike, Founder

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