Purple Heart Recipient To Set Up Gainesville MOPH Chapter
Published August 8th, 2013
GAINESVILLE -- After leading the charge on the battlefield, one North Central Florida veteran is now leading the charge at home to create a local support group for Purple Heart recipients.
Greg Kidney was wounded in the Iraq war back in 2008, when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad, badly damaging the Humvee Kidney was driving and killing one of the passengers.
Kidney was later awarded the Purple Heart after suffering massive injuries in the blast.
Now, nearly five years later, Kidney is spearheading the effort to create a Gainesville chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, to bring his fellow recipients closer together.
"It's therapeutic, being able to sit down with somebody and say, 'Hey, you were in World War II, you went though all sorts of nasty, disgusting stuff. Then you came back and started a family, got a job. How did you do it?'" said Kidney.
Kidney has already started conducting informal meetings, to which 13 other Purple Heart recipients have attended.
He plans on filing the official paperwork for the local charter later this week, and expects to hear back within the next few months.
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