Herkimer County Legislator John Brezinski is looking to get the county designated as a Purple Heart County to honor all veterans who have served the country.
Brezinski, D-Frankfort, said Joe Fraccola, Sr., vice commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, recently reached out to him requesting legislation be considered for a county designation.
The letter stated Oneida County and the city of Utica already passed legislation designating the areas, which “forever remembers those who died and were wounded in defense of fighting for freedom for the United States of America in all wars.”
“I feel it’s very important and it should be done,” said Brezinski. “It’s just one more avenue for the veterans. It’s something that’s good and beneficial for the veterans.”
He added he is impressed by the work the Military Order of the Purple Heart has done and continues to do.
“They not only support Purple Heart recipients, but also combat wounded and all veterans and their families in a variety of ways - filing claims for the benefits available and providing benefits experts at various Veterans Administration regional offices, hospitals, veterans centers and state and county veterans facilities,” said Brezinski.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart also assists in identifying and helping homeless veterans and provides representation for veterans whose benefits have been denied.
“I believe our veterans would be extremely fortunate to have Herkimer County be designated as a Purple Heart County for what better way to honor them, but giving them the ability to become more empowered, which, in turn, can greatly impact their lives,” said Brezinski.