US Military Academy at West Point/Purple Heart


Mr. Taylor,
    I was told that because I received the Purple Heart, this would in some way benefit my son's in getting into West Point. Could you please advice me if there is any truth to this and if so what help does it provide for me son's?

    Thank you for your time and for your service to this country.

SSG Michael James (ret)

It's good to hear from you Michael.  Thanks for your interest in West Point on behalf of your son.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.  Unfortunately what you were told is not correct.  The Medal of Honor is the only award for which children of recipients have the opportunity for an automatic nomination to a military academy.  

If your son is highly motivated, he should explore requirements for admission at:

Good luck to your son in his quest.

Best Regards,

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I can answer questions about admissions to West Point; about the history of West Point; about how to travel to West Point, where to eat, where to stay, etc.; and about West Point`s alumni organization, the West Point Association of Graduates.


I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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