Purple Hearts Reunited
Zachariah Fike, an Army Infantry Major with over 19 years of service to his country, was selected as the 2016-2017 Military Times Army Soldier of the Year, making him the first National Guard Officer to ever win this prestigious award. He has been decorated on 25 different occasions which consist of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for wounds received in Afghanistan. He founded the national 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, Purple Hearts Reunited. To date, the organization has returned over 400 medals across 46 states, traveling over 130,000 miles to return Valor. The Foundation was recently highlighted in American Legion Magazine and on the popular History Channel show, American Pickers. Zac’s works to preserve history recently inspired Congressman Paul Cook to write bill H.R. 544, the Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act. Recently passed by the Senate, this bill would make it illegal to sell Posthumous Purple Hearts in our country for profit.