The Gary Wayne Nelms Award is named after a charter member of Chapter 1000. Patriot Nelms served in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps where he received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat. Patriot Nelms returned home to Nashville, GA and spent the better half of a century working to help veterans and to better aid his community. This neck medal for this award was created to honor his service to all veterans and is presented to residents of Georgia for "EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE TO OUR VETERANS" every year at the South Georgia Purple Heart Ball in November. If you know of someone who may be deserving of this award, please fill out the application by clicking on the button below.


Chapter 1000 supports all veterans and their families through a myriad of programs. Below is a list of several different programs that the chapter currently conducts.


All Gave Some, Some Gave All

and Some are Still Giving


For tickets call John (229) 425-8770


Every year Chapter 1000 offers a scholarship to one graduating senior in South Georgia who is the dependent of a service member and one scholarship to a Purple Heart Recipient in the South Georgia area. For more details and to see if you qualify, please click on the application button below.

The purpose of the Purple Heart Trail is to create a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, cities, counties and other monuments that give tribute to the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal. Below you can select to either view the locations that have partnered with Chapter 1000 or view the locations around the nation by state. If you are interested in becoming a Purple Heart entity please contact us.

Every year Chapter 1000 recognizes Patriots and citizens of South Georgia for their service to it's Combat Wounded, Veterans and their Families. We also submit our Patriots for Department Awards. By clicking the button below you will be able to see the winners of the various awards and all awards the chapter has received for its efforts.


The original Purple Heart Medal know as the Badge of Military Merit was established on August 7, 1782 by General George Washington. The 1782 Program allows patriotic individuals the opportunity to honor the legacy of this important date in our countries history while also supporting veterans and their families in the local South Georgia area. To join this important program 

Every year the MOPH Presents thousands of ROTC/JROTC awards across the nation. Chapter 1000 works to cover all the colleges and schools in our area. The presentation to the cadet includes a Medal, Ribbon a Framed Certificate with a Challenge Coin. If you are in our area and would like to participate in this program please contact:

Commander Matt Bridges (229) 569-0915


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Chapter 1000 held the inaugural South Georgia Purple Heart Ball in 2014. This event allows our veterans to gather with supports from the community and enjoy dinner and a evening of festivities. In 2017 we added a live band to the list of entertainment. If you would like to attend you may purchase tickets below. If your Company would like to sponsor the event please click the support tab below. We look forward to seeing you at this years event. 

We are here to help veterans in need, if you are a veteran in need of help or assistance please fill out the application below and someone will be in touch with you very shortly to discuss any measures we can take.