Vietnam veteran elected as Purple Heart National Commander

Paradise Valley resident Robert J. Puskar was elected as National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart at this year’s National Convention held in Las Vegas, Nev.

Patriot Puskar received a commission as a United States Marine Corps Second Lieutenant and received a Bachelors degree in Electrical

Bob Puskar was named as the Commander (Submitted photo)

Robert Puskar was elected as National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart at this year’s National Convention. (Submitted photo)

Engineering through the Pennsylvania State University NROTC scholarship program.

As a Captain, he served in Vietnam 1967 – 1968 where he commanded MATCU-62, First Marine Air Wing, a unit of 150 Marines attached to the Third Marine Division at Dong Ha, and the 26th Marine Regiment at Khe Sanh, according to a press release.

He was wounded during a rocket attack at Dong Ha on March 25, 1968, the release stated.

Following his service in the Marine Corps, Patriot Puskar joined the IBM Corporation, where he held a number of increasingly important sales, marketing, and general management positions over the course of a successful 32 year career.  At the time of his retirement he was Vice President, New Markets in IBM’s Technology Group, according to the release.

After retiring from IBM, he became CEO of two startup software companies: Rulebase, in Scottsdale, and Betasphere, in Palo Alto, Calif.  He is now the founder, owner and CEO of R&D Ventures, Inc., focused on asset management, equities, options, and commodities trading activities.

Patriot Puskar jointed the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2000, and has served in numerous positions of responsibility in his local Chapter, the Department of Arizona, and the Southwest Region before joining the National leadership in 2013, the release stated.

The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.,” was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat.

For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America’s military history. Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.

Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.

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