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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2015 History making Army Reserve Purple Heart recipients

U.S. Army Reserve Command
4710 Knox Street
Fort Bragg, NC 28310

Release 1502-005
March 23, 2015

History making Army Reserve Purple Heart recipients

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – In less than three weeks the prestigious Purple Heart will be awarded to five current members of the U.S. Army Reserve during a historic ceremony Friday, April 10, at Fort Hood, Texas.

These Army Reserve soldiers are remarkable individuals who showed true courage, bravery and heroism during the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. Despite their injuries and wounds, these service members have shown unyielding resiliency, continued to serve their country and communities, and have progressed in their Army Reserve careers.

All of these remarkable individuals have compelling stories to tell. One includes a soldier who found himself seeking out a deeper understanding of religion in order to cope with the aftermath of the tragedy and being shot five times. Another, at Fort Hood for less than 24-hours, had just recently exchanged her wedding vows as she looked forward to a new life with her husband who she found herself having to lean on heavily for support following the incident.

Their stories and backgrounds will undoubtedly move, motivate and inspire all those who hear them.

Soldiers being awarded the Purple Heart, as well as the spouse of a soldier receiving the award on behalf of his wife, will be available for interviews with the media as a group the day after the ceremony.

Interested media can call Lt. Col. William Ritter, U.S. Army Reserve Command Media Relations Chief, at 910-570-8346 or, or Capt. Eric Connor, Media Relations Deputy Chief, at 910-570-8330 or

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