Congressman Brian Higgins is sponsoring a new way to honor military personnel who were killed or wounded in combat of war, as well as all active military and veterans: the Purple Heart Flag Act. It would require the display of a Purple Heart flag at federal facilities such as war memorials, VA hospitals and national cemeteries on specific days of the year.
Higgins' bill, H.R. 5237, is to amend Title 36, United States Code, to designate a flag as the Purple Heart flag to be flown at federal buildings and memorial locations nationwide.
On a nonpartisan basis, Purple Heart recipients and members of The American Legion Russell D. Ward and James R. Schaller, and several others, are hoping many readers will contact their representatives to support the Purple Heart flag bill. Besides all Americans needing to be reminded of the sacrifices our veterans have made, the chief of substance abuse and mental health, Richard McKeon, Ph.D., has agreed the symbol of the Purple Heart could very well be a sign of instilling and restoring hope in possible suicide victims. “Raising the Purple Heart flag would provide a visual reminder of the wounds our warriors endured and promotes pride and hope to be strong to help getting through any problems until times get better."