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The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) in West Chester, PA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve rotary-wing aviation history, educate about helicopters and their lifesaving missions, and inspire all generations. Their impact on the community is tremendous, but they rely solely on donations to operate. Their primary fundraising event is their annual Gala, where PA Army National Guard's very own, CW4 Larry Murphy, Ret., is being honored this yea.

In addition to this award, AHMEC is partnering with renowned military artist, Larry Selman, to create an original piece inspired by the iconic CH-47 rooftop landing taken by SGT Greg Heath (4th Public Affairs Detachment).  In November 2003, Larry Murphy led the crew of Yankee 26 during Operation MOUNTAIN RESOLVE in support of soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division.  This landing was accomplished in severe, rugged terrain, under threat of enemy fire, and the photo quickly went viral.  The crew was a combined aircrew from both the PA and CT Army National Guard.

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Department Welcomes New Volunteers, Strategic Partnerships to Better Serve Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that the 2015 Summer of Service initiative, which launched in May, has exceeded the goals set for community volunteers serving Veterans and the development of new partnerships to reach Veterans and their family members. VA’s Summer of Service mobilized approximately 300,000 citizens across the country to honor the nation’s sacred commitment to caring for Veterans.

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