Purple Heart Day | Banyan Military Veterans In Recovery

Purple Heart Day


When is Purple Heart day? On August 7th, American citizens will take the time to appreciate the millions of people who served their country. Many men and women sacrificed their mental health and physical well-being to bravely fight for the continual freedom of America. These people received the Purple Heart, given by the President of the United States.  

What Is the Purple Heart?  

The Purple Heart, first introduced as the Badge of Military Merit by George Washington in 1782, is an extreme honor and is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is the oldest military award still presented to members who have risked their lives to protect others. 

More interesting facts about the Purple Heart medal include:  

  • John F. Kennedy was the only President with a Purple Heart.  
  • In 1942, Amy G. Fox was the first woman to receive the Purple Heart.  
  • The Purple Heart was one of the first military medals given to all ranks. 
  • During the Revolutionary War, William Brown and Elijah Churchill were the first soldiers to receive the Badge of Military Merit.  
  • At the start of the award, members of the family were not eligible to receive the medal for the soldier killed in combat until President Roosevelt and the War Department redefined qualifications. 

Curry T. Haynes served in the Army during the Vietnam War and received his first Purple Heart after he was shot in the arm during an ambush in the jungle. In the end, this soldier received nine Purple Hearts and passed away in 2017 due to cancer. The Badge of Military Merit recognizes and appreciates the hardships, sacrifices, and success stories of soldiers.  

How to Celebrate National Purple Heart Day 

What does Purple Heart Day mean? It means that as American citizens, we can take the time to appreciate those who fought and lost their lives for our country. Citizens can reflect by researching or reading true happenings from past wars. In addition, you can go to a military museum or a national park, or you can research non-profit organizations and make a donation or help out a local organization.  

There are many ways to recognize and honor those who have fought for America. Of course, social media is always an excellent option to spread awareness and show appreciation for those wounded or fallen soldiers. Plus, speak to a loved one or neighbor, and be sure to thank veterans for their service!  

Banyan Treatment Centers Medical Staff Says Thank You to Those Who Served  

At the Banyan Treatment Centers Military & Veterans in Recovery program, our medical staff establishes a plan that best fits the patients. If you or a loved one is an active duty member or veteran and is struggling with a co-occurring disorder, we have you covered. We offer medical detox so patients are able to safely complete the withdrawal process. We prioritize our soldiers by providing our family services to other unique programs.  

Contact our military rehab center at 888-280-4763 to get started with inpatient treatment today! 


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