Press Release

July 26, 2005

No. 05-016

Mokie Porter

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Vietnam Veterans of America
Condemns Frivolous Use of the Purple Heart


(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America national President Thomas H. Corey today harshly condemned the producers of the Hollywood Film Wedding Crashers for their crass use of the Purple Heart in the film and for placing a printable medal on a web site to encourage men to use it to impress women.

“Millions of American fighting men and women have been awarded the Purple Heart since it was introduced by Gen. George Washington in 1782,” Corey, a Purple Heart recipient who was severely disabled by his wounds in the Vietnam War, said. “That award honors the service and sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line for our country and were wounded in action. It is unconscionable to me—and is an insult to everyone who has served the nation in the military—to trivialize the Purple Heart in this way.”

Corey praised U.S. Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.) for the bill he introduced in the House on July 22 that would expand a current law making it a crime to wear, manufacture, purchase, sell or trade the Medal of Honor. Salazar’s bill would make it a criminal offense to claim falsely to have earned the Purple Heart or other military medal.

“We’re pleased that the movie’s producers removed that offensive printable Purple Heart from their web site,” Corey said, “and we hope that Rep. Salazar’s bill becomes law to prevent similar occurrences of this in the future.”


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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