WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Each year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is honored to pay special recognition to a Congressional Legislative Assistant who best demonstrates exemplary service to our nation’s veterans. On February 27, MOPH National Commander Bruce McKenty presented this year’s Exemplary Service Award to Ms. Dahlia Melendrez for her service as the General Counsel to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs during the 112th Congress. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating both policy and strategy with the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Veterans’ Service Organizations, and the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs. She continues to serve as the Deputy Staff Director for the Committee in the 113th Congress.
Throughout her tenure with the committee, Ms. Melendrez has worked on every piece of veteran’s benefits legislation that has become law. During the 112th Congress she was instrumental in helping to enact legislation that assists service members transitioning from military to civilian life to receive retraining assistance through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Educational and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. The legislation also assists veterans in obtaining gainful federal employment. Dahlia’s work on legislation enacted in 2012 improved outreach and transparency for veterans and members of the Armed Forces, enabling them to make informed choices on which schools to attend to further their careers.
Ms. Melendrez’s service to veterans and the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs demonstrates all that is good and honorable about government service and reflects favorably upon the Committee, the U.S. Senate and the United States of America.
The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.