Purple Heart Canes (Eagle Head)


New Purple Heart Cane Project Website is Live!

Cheryl and Ted Gorczyca have announced that The Purple Heart Cane Project now has an active website. A direct link will be added to the main menu in support or their great work!


Next Purple Heart Cane Ceremony is Feb 18, 2023 at 1pm in Fort Pierce on the grounds of the Navy SEAL Museum.


Purple Heart Cane Project is now a Tax-Deductable Non-Profit

Cheryl and Ted Gorczyca have announced that The Purple Heart Cane Project has moved forward and now it is a Non – Profit 501(C)(1) tax deductible organization. They have also started a Facebook Page “Purple Heart Cane Project” where an application for a cane can be downloaded from.

Any Purple Heart veteran or GOLD Star family member would like a cane please click here to download the application, fill it out and mail the application with a copy of your DD214 to:
Purple Heart Cane Project, 5206 Eagle Dr, Fort Pierce, Fl. 34951.

You or some one to fill in for you must attend the ceremony to receive the cane.



Important Notice

The Indian River Woodcarvers are no longer accepting applications for Eagle Head canes from individuals/Seawolves that live outside of Florida.

Below is a letter provided by Cheryl Gorczyca to the Seawolf Association, explaining the current circumstances.

Ted and Cheryl Gorczyca, and Lloyd Lasenby left the Indian Woodcarving Club due to the organization not handling the Purple Heart Eagle Head Cane Ceremonies properly and diminishing them to the point of non-existence to this date.

The Indian River Woodcarving Club no longer accepts applications from outside of Florida, they no longer have the ceremony at the SEAL Museum, due to “too much out of their day”, instead they are handing the canes out at different fairs or car shows in the areas in booths. They are no longer having a meals for the veterans that need medication or sustenance.

The three of us think better of our veterans and that they should have a day to remember. We are starting our own club, registering as a non-profit with the state of Florida, getting our name
trademarked and have applied for a 501c3. We have a board of directors and officers for the club and our first meeting will be 2/22/22. The SEAL Museum told the three of us quite a few years ago, that we could always use the museum permanently for the ceremony and to consider it own home.

Please take the information down from the Indian River Woodcarving Club and once everything is settled with the registration and name I could give that to you. In the meantime, you can use my email address to direct people with any questions about an eagle head cane.

Cheryl Gorczyca
6600 Lila Ct., Fort Pierce, Fla. 34951