Purple Hearts Reunited was established in Vermont in 2012 by Zachariah Fike. As a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit foundation, Purple Hearts Reunited locates lost or stolen military medals and returns them to veterans or their living family members in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. Purple Hearts Reunited spends a considerable amount of time researching and locating the original recipient or family and, when possible, conducts a “Return Ceremony” to reunite the veteran or family with the medal. To date, Purple Hearts Reunited has returned the service medals of more than 100 veterans and is currently working on over 200 lost medals that need a home. In the case that a veteran or family cannot be found, a home of honor is located for the medal, such as a military museum. Purple Hearts Reunited also takes time to enroll these heroes into the Purple Heart Hall of Honor and has successfully enrolled over 1000 recipients.
Purple Hearts Reunited founder Zac Fike is currently a Captain in the Vermont Army National Guard. He has served in the military for 16 years with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Zac earned a Purple Heart on 11 September 2010 in Afghanistan and is a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Zac also comes from a long line of military tradition and patriots. His grandfather served in the Philippines. His father, a veteran of Vietnam, served 26 years in the Army and retired as a Command Sergeant Major. His mother was one of the first female Drill Sergeants in the Army. Two of his uncles served in Vietnam and two served in WWII. He currently has 6 descendants of the American Revolution and one that served during the War of 1812. He also has a long line that fought during the Civil War.
In 2014, Purple Hearts Reunited welcomed the addition of its first employee, Hannah Doyle. Hannah is the Development Director of Purple Hearts Reunited, assisting with fundraising campaigns, public relations and outreach, and event coordination, along with countless other needs of the organization. Hannah’s grandfather was a top turret gunner in World War II and a Prisoner of War in Austria for 19 months. His Purple Heart sits above her office desk.