Monday, March 27, 2017

What Is the Purple Heart?

Medical practitioner Erol Onel possesses diverse experience in reproductive health, urology, oncology, and clinical research. In addition to his current work as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Dr. Erol Onel is a philanthropist who regularly contributes to organizations such as the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Purple Heart Veterans.

A medal awarded by the United States Army, the Purple Heart is a military combat decoration. Recipients of the Purple Heart include those injured by enemy weapons, as well as family members of soldiers who die of their wounds in the line of duty or are killed in action.

Recipients of the Purple Heart comprise the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which was formed in 1932. In addition, wives and daughters of Purple Heart recipients are represented by the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Both organizations are engaged in social service work for the benefit of veterans’ hospitals as well as hospitalized veterans and veterans in need of assistance. For additional information on the medal and the organizations that represent its recipients, visit

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