SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 24, 2018) — Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on the premise that active participation in the outdoors is a powerful, healing, and fundamentally life-changing experience, has been honored to have its Thumbtack Ranch to become the first ranch in the United States to be designated as a “Purple Heart Ranch” by the National Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). A formal ceremony recognizing this Purple Heart designation will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9th during the Georgetown Rotary Club’s Field of Honor® in Georgetown, Texas.
MOPH Texas Capital Chapter 1919 in Austin and Alamo Chapter 1836 in San Antonio made the joint nomination based upon Trinity Oaks’ unwavering support to combat wounded service members and their families during the past several years. The nominations were endorsed by the Texas Department of MOPH, and a proclamation was presented to the Texas Senate for signature. The Texas Senate Proclamation will also recognize Trinity Oaks as a “Purple Heart Supporter” organization.
The MOPH Registry creates an honorary, symbolic system of roads, highways, bridges, waterways and other landmarks across the nation to celebrate the service of the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart; it is truly fitting that these courageous Americans receive special recognition.
Thumbtack Ranch is Trinity Oaks’ 2,000-acre sportsmen’s paradise located in Batesville, Texas, 90 minutes south of San Antonio. The property offers an extensive lodging complex, shooting ranges, and year-round access to hunting and fishing experiences. Thumbtack Ranch serves as the primary venue for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities where the non-profit, veteran-related organization Trinity Oaks provides exceptional support, friendship and opportunities for underprivileged children and combat-wounded veterans to re-connect with the outdoors.
“The State of Texas has and always will do right by our veterans. It is my honor to play a small role in the Texas Senate paying tribute to the men and women who have earned the Purple Heart for their extreme sacrifices in service to our nation and extend this recognition to those who truly support these heroes,” said Senator Donna Campbell, of Texas’ 25th District and the Chair for Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee. “The State of Texas is proud to designate Trinity Oaks’ Thumbtack Ranch as the first Purple Heart Ranch in the nation and Trinity Oaks as an official Purple Heart Supporter.”
“Trinity Oaks generously gives back to the community and to veterans,” said Jim Bracken, commander of MOPH Chapter 1919. “We deeply appreciate their commitment to combat wounded heroes, and enthusiastically embrace Tom Snyder, the Trinity Oaks staff and their volunteers as Purple Heart Supporters.”
Beginning on Nov. 4, a Field of Honor will be set up in the San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Texas. This year’s field is dedicated to the men and women who have received the Purple Heart. MOPH Chapter 1919 will be hosting several activities on Nov. 9 to honor the sacrifice of all veterans, especially combat wounded veterans. The formal ceremony recognizing the Purple Heart designation and the proclamation by the Texas Senate will take place that evening at 7 p.m. All residents and patriots in Central Texas are encouraged to purchase a flag in honor of an active duty military member or veteran. When you order/purchase the flag online, please select MOPH 1919 as your affiliate sponsor. Visit https://www.georgetowntxfieldofhonor.org.
About Trinity Oaks
In 2007, San Antonio native Tom Snyder founded Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on the premise that active participation in the outdoors is a powerful, healing, and fundamentally life-changing experience. The organization’s mission is to use hunting, fishing and outdoor activities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of underprivileged kids, terminally ill children and combat veterans. Each year, Trinity Oaks offers at least 50 events at no expense to those who can benefit from once-in-a-lifetime hunting or fishing experiences. For more information on Trinity Oaks, visit www.trinityoaks.org, or call 830-928-3085. For more information on Thumbtack Ranch, visit https://trinityoaks.org/thumbtack/.