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Executive Director

James L. McCormick II 

Retired US Army Capt. James McCormick served in the Cavalry and Infantry Pvt.–Staff Sgt., Armor/Air Defense/Transportation and Logistics 2nd Lt.-Capt. He is a three-time Purple Heart recipient, three-time Bronze Star recipient and Silver Star recipient.

 

After serving his country for 22 years, McCormick retired due to injury, and now uses his free time to serve America’s veterans. He currently serves as National Commander Military Order of the Purple Heart an organization dedicated to protecting and serving the interests of purple heart recipients. McCormick also manages a non-profit, Raising Cane Farms that helps returning combat-wounded veterans readjust to post-war life, places them into agriculture-related careers, and assists with small farm start up. In his spare time, he provides help with veteran casework, provides counsel to veterans with suicidal tendencies and makes arrangements for various veterans parades and serves as the Director of the Pt Pleasant River Museum Board.

 

His awards and decorations include the Silver Star Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with V, Meritorious Service Medal, ARCOM, AAM, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with three service stars, Iraq Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medal, Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait and Saudi Arabia), Combat Action Badge. His civilian awards include the Congressional Medal of Honor Society "Service before Self Award", Jefferson Award, Service Before Self Award, Distinguished West Virginian Award, Ford Oval of Honor and USDA 100th Anniversary Veteran Day Keynote Speaker, TBI Network Veteran of the decade 2010-2020.

 

McCormick’s military education includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System.  He attended NCO schools up to Advance NCO academy. He attended Officer Basic Training, Officer Advanced Course, and was selected for Command general staff college prior to retirement. He received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State College, and holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Thomas Edison State University. McCormick also received his Masters and Doctor of Ministry from Victory Bible College.

 

McCormick is married to Heather McCormick. They have eight children and seven grandchildren. Two of their children currently serving in the Armed Forces.