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Congressman Jason Smith

Representing the 8th District of Missouri

Congressman Smith Presents Purple Heart to Local Vietnam Veteran

Jul 6, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Congressman Jason Smith presented Vietnam Veteran Frank Grosspietsch of Salem with the Purple Heart, a medal given to members of the military wounded or killed in service. Mr. Grosspietsch earned two Purple Heart medals during his service in Vietnam, but was initially only presented with one. Congressman Jason Smith’s office was able to secure the second medal for Mr. Grosspietsch, and personally thank him for his service during a presentation ceremony in Rolla.

“This year we are marking 50 years since the Vietnam War, so it was especially important to me that Mr. Grosspietsch get the medal he earned,” said Congressman Smith. “We owe so much to our veterans that this is a small way to say thank you.”

Congressman Jason Smith presents Vietnam Veteran Frank Grosspietsch of Salem with the Purple Heart. They are pictured here with Frank’s wife, Jackie.

In addition to helping veterans navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congressman Smith’s office often helps replace military medals that have been lost or stolen, or still need to be presented.