Mike Tarpley, local veteran, has been named Patriot of the Year 2012-13 for Region V by the Military Order of Purple Hearts.
Region V is comprised of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Colorado. The award was presented by Commander Federico Rey.
Mr. Tarpley was to have received the award Sept. 22, 2012, but instead chose to stay in Big Spring to be in attendance for the POW/MIA services set for the morning of Sept. 21, 2012.
This award is the third one received by Tarpley from the MOPH. His first award was received in 2010, naming him the Patriot of the Year for chapter 1919 in Austin. The second one was 2012-13 Patriot of the Year department of Texas.