MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART THOMAS A. POULTER CHAPTER #78
Combat-Wounded Veterans Serving Sonoma County
and the Counties of the Northern California Coast
ALL GAVE SOME ... SOME GAVE ALL
Welcome to MOPH Chapter 78’s website. This website is a resource for information about the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Sonoma County Veteran Community.
MOPH CHAPTER 78
WHAT WE DO
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 78 is a veteran’s service organization of combat-wounded veterans and is an important part of the Sonoma County Veteran Community. The MOPH Chapter’s membership plays an active role in many community projects. Here are some of the things we do.
Helping Veterans in need:
Chapter 78 provide emergency funds for homeless and destitute veterans and their families and help in their recovery. The Chapter assists with utility payments, temporary housing, and nutritional needs. In the winter we purchase supplies for homeless veterans (tents, sleeping bags, tarps, coats, thermal underwear, gloves, scarfs, socks, etc.). The Chapter has purchased bus passes and lunch cards for VA clinics within our service area (Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Lakeport, and Eureka). We provide volunteers and financial assistance for other veteran service organizations' programs and projects.
Working with the VA:
Chapter 78 provides support for hospitalized veterans. We have purchased medical equipment for the VA Medical Center in San Francisco and satellite clinics that the Medical Center cannot get into their budget. The Chapter has also purchased items of comfort for hospitalized veterans including: hygiene items, memory training software, entertainment equipment, and video hardware and software. Laptops with memory training software that we have purchased for the VA Hospital in Palo Alto assist in the treatment of TBI patients. The Chapter has arranged fishing trips for hospitalized veterans. Occasionally we have provided wheel chairs to veterans
Working in the community:
Chapter 78 was a leader among local VSO’s in developing and gaining passage of Sonoma County’s 'Vets Ride Free Program' and continues to try to expand the program to other northern California counties and communities. Our Chapter has gained Purple Heart County or City status for Sonoma, Colusa, and Napa counties and the cities of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Sonoma, and Healdsburg. We are continuing to seek Purple Heart recognition in more cities and counties as well as other venues such as trails, highways, and the Golden Gate Bridge. We work with local government agencies in developing programs and policies that assist veterans. We support and financially assist other veterans’ service organizations with their veteran-related programs and projects. We purchased a modified motor home for a Veterans Service Officer working in rural communities. Our Chapter arranges fishing trips for hospitalized veterans. Occasionally we provide wheel chairs to veterans
California Veterans Home at Yountville:
The Chapter has purchased medical equipment for the California Veterans Home at Yountville. We also provide emergency cash needs to residents of the Pathway Home (a treatment center for PTSD and TBI).
For the troops still deployed:
Chapter 78, along with other community groups such as Healdsburg’s SOS, provides care packages for deployed troops. We purchase cell phone cards for deployed troops. We finance projects and programs that show our thankfulness for the sacrifices and services of our communities’ troops and veterans.