TMCC welcomes 2018 Purple Heart truck stop to honor veterans

TMCC welcomes 2018 Purple Heart truck stop to honor veterans

Truckee Meadows Community College, the first Purple Heart College in Nevada, will be honoring northern Nevada's veterans on Tuesday, July 7. The event will be hosted at their main campus on Dandini Blvd at 9:00 a.m.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Reno Chapter 719, will host a ceremony to welcome the 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run to Reno as it continues its 7,800 mile odyssey across America.

The focus of the 2018 “Purple Heart Run” is “Mobility is Freedom.”

Driven exclusively by amputee Veterans, the Purple Heart Run makes its way from coast-to-coast on a 7,800 mile odyssey, rallying communities across America to thank the nation’s military veterans and support the mission. The Purple Heart Run began in Springfield, VA on June 17, and is traversing the nation to California and will end in Spokane, Washington on Monday, July 30 at the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) National Convention.

On its way across America, the truck, provided by the Wounded Warriors Family Support Foundation, stops at MOPH Chapters to demonstrate the capabilities of the truck and to distribute special parking signs that mark spaces to be used exclusively for Purple Heart recipients.

Ceremonies will begin with a formal presentation of colors by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 989 Color Guard, followed by an introduction of guests and presentation of proclamation.

Finally, a demonstration of the truck and introduction of the drivers, and participants will be invited to sign the truck.

There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients that were either killed in action or were wounded in combat or by an act of international terrorism.

For more information about support services for student veterans at TMCC, please call the Veterans Resource Center at (775) 337-5612, and for prospective students please call Veterans Upward Bound at (775) 829-9007.

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