The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.
After the end of WWI, there were approximately 6.5 million disabled people in Europe.
Many young men returned home to families that couldn't stand to look at them. Most couldn't find work and would need years of reconstructive surgeries. At the time, governments didn't recognize facial wounds as a disability. Because of this, these veterans weren't provided with any disability compensation.
Under these conditions, 40 French soldiers founded the Union des Blesses de la Face et de la Tete in 1921. The goal of the UBFT was to provide assistance and community to French veterans of the Great War that had suffered head injuries. The UBFT provided homes within close proximity to one another for many of its members.
Solidarity was their greatest strength. French veterans that belonged to the UBFT had a much lower suicide rate than other French veterans and those from other countries with similar injuries. They are a truly inspirational organization.