Congressman Sean Maloney

Representing the 18th District of New York

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On Washington’s Birthday, Maloney Announces Legislation to Honor National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor with Commemorative Coin

Feb 22, 2017
Press Release
George Washington Founded the Purple Heart in 1782

New Windsor, NY — On George Washington’s birthday, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined elected officials, veterans and service organizations at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor to announce the introduction of The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act. The bill would honor the Hall with a commemorative coin provided by the U.S. Mint, and proceeds from sales of the coin will go to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor to allow the organization to develop and renovate their facilities.

“Many of our men and women in uniform come home with serious injuries, and the least we can do as a country is honor their sacrifice and preserve their memory for future generations. I’ve always been proud that we have the Hall right here in New Windsor – on the same ground where George Washington created the medal 235 years ago – and it’s my honor to do my part in Congress to support Americans who served and sacrificed for the rest of us,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, son of a Navy veteran.  

“Honoring our Purple Heart recipients is our responsibility as free Americans. I look forward to working with Congressman Maloney on this bi-partisan effort.  We must continue to properly document and honor our veterans bravery by supporting the mission of the Hall,” said New York State Senator William J. Larkin, Jr.

“It’s our duty as Americans to honor the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform. That’s why I support Rep. Maloney’s efforts to mint these commemorative coins to pay tribute to our soldiers and veterans as well as generate crucial funding that allows the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor to preserve the memory of those who were injured or killed in service of our country,” said New York State Assemblyman James Skoufis.

“I would like to thank Congressman Maloney for sponsoring this important piece of legislation. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognizable and important medals in the history of our nation’s military. The Purple  Heart is even more special to those of us living here in Orange County because General George Washington made the first presentations here at the New Windsor Cantonment in the closing days of the Revolutionary War.  From the Revolutionary War, to Vietnam, to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Orange County has contributed a critical role in serving this country’s military’s efforts,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus.

“With the assistance of Congressman Maloney’s own Veteran’s Advisory Board and all other veteran service organizations, we hope to not only acquire the minimum number of Congressional sponsors for this bill but the sponsorship of every Congressperson in the 115th Congress for such a deserving cause and because those who have received the Purple Heart Medal in combat have earned nothing less than the honor this bill will afford them,” said Christopher W. Eachus, Orange County Legislator and Orange County Commander, Sons of the American Legion.

“We cannot honor our veterans enough, but especially those that were killed or wounded in action while serving. This creative act will ensure that current and future recipients of the Purple Heart are not forgotten. By finding a way to fund the Purple Heart Museum, Representative Maloney has revealed his love of country and enormous respect for those that defend it. Thank you!” said Matthew A. Turnbull, Minority Leader, Orange County Legislator.

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 represented, and serves as a living memorial to their sacrifice.

The National Purple Heat Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act authorizes 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. They will be sold in limited quantities. After production costs are recouped by the U.S. Treasury, proceeds from this program will go 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.

Since joining Congress in 2013, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced and passed eight veterans bills into law. Many of these bills seek to aid service members who were injured during their service, including the Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act, the Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act, and the Appropriate Care for Veterans Act. His office has also cut through red tape to return over $3 million in earned benefits to more than 900 Hudson Valley vets.