2017 Purple Hearts Reunited Annual Report

LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As I reflect on 2017, I feel extremely proud of what we have accomplished. From the intimate ceremonies in homes across the United States to the historic walls of Federal Hall, this year has been enriching on many levels.

With your continued support we move forward, one return at a time, paying homage to the heroes that make up the

backbone of this great country. As you read this report, we hope you take pride in the returns that your generosity

has made possible. As John F. Kennedy said “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest

appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

With respect, honor and appreciation,

As the Executive Director of Purple Hearts Reunited I have the great privilege of meeting the brave Men and Women

who have served our country. In addition, I have the incredible opportunity to work with you, the individuals and

businesses that graciously lend your expertise, time and financial support to make our mission of returning Valor

Sarah M. Corry, Executive Director

possible. Your support brought an immeasurable amount of joy, peace, and closure for the families involved with

returns throughout the year. With your generosity, we provided these families with a once in a lifetime experience and

memories that will last forever.

At Purple Hearts Reunited our mission comes first. While the news coverage was extensive this year, and the

support humbling, we continue this mission because of the profound effect it has on families. I often say to my two

children, the best things in life cannot be measured. This rings true at Purple Hearts Reunited. There is no system

that can accurately measure the emotional impact we have on Veterans and their families, only the feeling you get

when reading about their experience in their own words.

“What you did for me could never be repaid with all the money in the World. For years and years the pain I endured with the loss of my dad haunted me every day. But what you did for me in New York healed that pain and loss I felt for my dad. The pain has left my heart and I have been set free and I owe it all to the care and the love you had for and showed us all.”

Chris Calhoun, received his Father’s Purple Heart PFC Calhoun

“This is like a huge Christmas gift, I never ever expected to have something like this. We’re now with something that is very special to our family; probably more special than anything I can think of”

Art Broaderick, received his Father’s Purple Heart PFC Broaderick

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