Military Order of the Purple Heart

Lubbock Military Order of Purple Heart Chapter 0900



My name is Steve Oien and I am the current Commander for Chapter 0900, Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). Our area of responsibility includes Midland and Odessa, and our surrounding communities'. The MOPH was chartered by the U.S. Congress and we are structured as an organization with a national office in Washington D.C., State level Departments and local Chapters.

Background: There are two major components within the MOPH and each is a separate corporation. The "MOPH of the USA" and the "MOPH Service Foundation." MOPH USA basically is our administrative body and the Services Foundation provides direct assistance to all veterans, MOPH or not.

Our part in the Services Foundation is to raise funds for service, welfare, and rehabilitation of its members and disabled or handicapped veterans. This includes all veterans, their widows and orphans.

Welfare Officer: Welfare Officers within each Chapter are responsible for connecting veterans to servicing organizations such as the VA or local helping agencies and churches, much like a Veterans Service Officer for the VA.. We pay for individuals rent, electrical/utility bills, food and other needs as our funds permit since we are solely funded through donations. We do try to screen our veterans in need to identify those consistently shopping helping agencies so that we do not waste funds.

Americanism: We also work closely with high school JR-ROTC programs to promote patriotism and with City Councils, State and local police agencies to recognize individuals injured, wounded or killed in the line of duty.

Accountability: We are accountable to the MOPH USA, MOPH Department of Texas, and to our local partners and supporters. This ensures donation distributions are always above board and transparent to all including the IRS. Our goal is to ensure 100% of donations are used to aid all veterans in need.

Our EIN# is 46-3403015, American Bank of Commerce, Wolfforth, Texas. We are under the name of "Military Order of the Purple Heart."

I hope this very brief overview of the MOPH has provided you with some insight as to what we do. Feel free to contact me at Cell # 707-592-4598, or through my email:

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