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Ross County Purple Heart Committee Announces Fundraising Exceeded Initial Goals

Featured in the photo is L-R, Melody Lapczynski (Purple Heart Committee Chair), Randy Post (President, Veterans in Transition, Inc.), and Gerry Palmer (Ross County Veterans Council). Photo credit: Ross-Chillicothe Visitors Bureau.

CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Purple Heart Committee is excited to announce that fundraising efforts exceeded the initial goal needed to purchase and install the Purple Heart Monument in Veteran’s Memorial Park. It was through donated funds from local veterans’ organizations, businesses,
social organizations, and many individuals that this project was completed successfully. These generous donors gifted $3,567.59 over the cost of the project and these proceeds has been donated to Veterans in Transition which provides support to Ross County veterans.

“It is not always easy for a lot of our veterans when they leave the military,” stated Purple Heart Committee Chairperson, Melody Lapczynski. “Unfortunately, that is why suicide rates among veterans are so high. The Committee chose Veterans in Transition to benefit from the fundraising
because of the support and assistance that they provide to Ross County veterans.”

Veterans in Transition, Inc. (VITI) is a non-profit organization located in Chillicothe, Ohio. VITI provides support and services to struggling veterans as they return to civilian life. The organization helps veterans in securing housing as well as assisting with utilities, food, and

The Purple Heart honors military personnel who were wounded and/or killed in combat with hostile forces. The honor was first created by General George Washington in 1782, then known as the Badge of Military Merit, and is the United States’ oldest military medal. The City of Chillicothe was bestowed the designation of a Purple Heart City on June 28, 2021. A monument was installed and dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, in Veterans Memorial Park to honor veterans. The park is located along Yoctangee Parkway and Part Street near downtown