Barbara Cannode of Waterville, Ohio was elected as the National President for 2013-2014 at the LAMOPH National Convention in Rogers, Arkansas. Mrs. Cannode is married to Patriot Dan Cannode, a Purple Heart recipient and Commander of MOPH Region II, who was wounded in Vietnam in 1970 while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mrs. Cannode's tenure with the LAMOPH began with service at the Unit and State levels in the State of Ohio, followed by election as President of the LAMOPH Region II. Since then, she served as the National Junior and Senior Vice President before being elected as the National President. Barbara and her husband have three lovely daughters, Jennifer, Stephenie, and Jaclyn, who have given them seven wonderful grandchildren. They now live in Waterville, Ohio, the first Purple Heart City in north west Ohio.
The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, First Responder Recognition, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.