Congressman Sean Maloney

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Maloney Introduces National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act with Unprecedented Bipartisan Support

Mar 14, 2019
Press Release
Nearly 170 Members of Congress Sign on As Cosponsors, The Largest Show of Support Ever

290 Cosponsors Necessary for Bill to Receive Hearing

 

WASHINGTON – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) reintroduced his legislation, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act today with unprecedented bipartisan support. The bill would honor the Purple Heart Hall of Honor with a commemorative coin provided by the U.S. Mint. Proceeds from the program would be directed to the Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. for projects and programs at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor that help preserve the memory and sacrifices of our service men and women who were wounded or killed in combat. The Hall of Honor is located in Rep. Maloney’s district in New Windsor, NY. The legislation is being co-led by Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a Marine Corps Veteran. The bill is cosponsored by a total of 167 members of Congress.                        

“We’re closer than we’ve ever been to making this dream a reality – with the momentum we’ve already built, we’re in great shape to get this bill passed and get this coin minted. This is one of my top legislative priorities this Congress – not only because it will honor our Purple Heart Recipients and the Hall of Honor, but also because it will generate revenue to support the Hall of Honor’s work. This is our year,” said Rep. Maloney.

“It is our duty to ensure the stories of our Purple Heart recipients are never forgotten. With this act, we can take a small step toward honoring the service of the brave men and women who were wounded or killed in uniform and preserve their memory for future generations. That's why I'm proud to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation,” said Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.              

“During my time in the Marines Corps and two tours in Iraq, I saw firsthand brave men and women risk their lives for this country, many of whom were seriously wounded in battle or paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This act would be a small step in commemorating and honoring their brave service and sacrifice for future generations,” said Representative Mike Gallagher, Marine Corps veteran.

"The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act will reach Purple Heart patriots from all over our great nation.  As we begin to create more awareness for the Hall of Honor museum our focus will become reaching out to Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families from as far as California to Florida and everywhere in between.  It is time the Hall of Honor becomes a national tourism destination and not just a hidden gem in the Hudson Valley.  I would like to thank Congressman Maloney and all those sponsoring this legislation for allowing us this opportunity to raise awareness for the Hall of Honor in every corner of our country,” said Former New York State Senator Bill Larkin.

“The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor would like to thank Congressman Maloney for sponsoring the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act.  This legislation offers a tangible way to aid in honoring the service and sacrifice of all Purple Heart recipients. We look forward to working with the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. on projects which will benefit the museum and our visitors,” said Anita Pidala, Director National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

"The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc. is excited to work with Congressman Maloney on this legislation.  Potential revenue will support our mission to honor America's Purple Heart recipients through funding special projects to improve the museum itself as well as our newest campaign inspired by the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Purple Heart Patriot Project. The Purple Heart Patriot Project will provide trips honoring Purple Heart recipients from all across our nation to visit the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor museum. Many of our nations Purple Heart recipients will never have the opportunity to visit our beautiful museum unless we provide them and their families with the resources they need,” said Brian Maher, Executive Director, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc.

“This bill to have a coin minted for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is so important to help expand the understanding and respect for those who have served and sacrificed, as well as to help raise funds for a wide variety of resources and services the Hall will be able to provide to Purple Heart recipients,” said Stephanie Keegan, Legislative Director, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc.  

“MOPH is proud to endorse this important bill. It would not only provide needed funding for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, NY, but also offer the general public a tangible item to remember the sacrifices of all Purple Heart recipients, past and present. We thank Congressman Maloney for introducing this legislation and will assist him in any way we can to secure its passage,” said Aleks Morosky, National Legislative Director, Military Order of the Purple Heart.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act would authorize the U.S. Treasury to mint $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar clad coins at the United States Mint at West Point. After production costs are recouped by the U.S. Treasury, proceeds from sales of the coin would be directed to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc.                  

The Purple Heart is one of the oldest and most recognized American military medals, awarded to service members who were killed or wounded by enemy action. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor’s mission is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are remembered, and serves as a living memorial to their sacrifice.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is operated by the New York-New Jersey Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The hall’s work is supported by National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor America's Purple Heart recipients by supporting, both financially and through outreach, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor museum. This also includes other forms of outreach specific to honoring the nearly two million estimated Purple Heart recipients who have been wounded or killed by enemy action.

Congress commissions the minting of up to two commemorative coins every year. The House Committee on Financial Services formerly required these bills to garner the support of at least two-thirds of the House prior to receiving a hearing. Although that rule no longer formally exists, it is informally used as a metric to guide the decision-making process regarding which bills receive a hearing. Achieving the support of 290 cosponsors significantly increases the likelihood that a coin bill will be passed through committee, the House of Representatives, and ultimately be signed into law.    

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act has been endorsed by: The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Senator Bob Dole, Armed Forces Marketing Council, American Military Retirees Association, American Military Society, AMVETS, Army Navy Union, Association of the United States Navy, Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., Korean War Veterans Foundation, Military Order of Foreign Wars, National Defense Committee, National Enlisted Reserve Association, Reserve Officers Association, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, The Flag and General Officers Network, The Retired Enlisted Association, Vietnam Veterans of America.