The House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that would authorize the West Point mint to create three commemorative coins that would feature the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor and raise money for the nonprofit that supports it.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, would authorize a $5 gold piece, a $1 silver piece and a half-dollar clad coin that would be sold in 2021 only. Each would be sold with a surcharge that would generate up to $9.5 million to cover the minting cost and fund the Purple Heart Patriot Project, a program that will sponsor trips to the hall for Purple Heart recipients from around the country.
The bill awaits a vote in the Senate, where it's sponsored by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York.
“From day one, my focus has been on our veterans, our military, and their families," Maloney, who has introduced the bill every year since 2014, said in a statement. "We’ve been working for years to pass this bill, and I’m really excited to be one giant step closer to producing this coin to honor Purple Heart veterans, bolster the important work of the Hall and the National Purple Heart Honor Mission, and support the mission of the West Point Mint. Now we need to take the final step, pass this through the Senate and get it done.”