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Korean War Veterans Association

Chartered by Congress June 30, 2008
*Korean War and Korea Service Veterans...
A Continuity of Service in the Defense of Freedom
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and Founding Info.

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A Brief Account

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Didn't Get your Graybeards? Moved? Membership Questions? Make a Donation?  CLICK HERE for Info

Wall of Remembrance Video and Article

Bill Weber was recently interviewed by Ted Fioraliso at GrayDC about the Wall of Remembrance that was approved for the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

Click Here to watch the interview and read the accompanying article.

(Posted 11/25/16)


IF YOU HAVE EVER SERVED IN KOREA 1945 to PRESENT...
(or served outside of Korea June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955)
Then YOU QUALIFY and WE WANT YOU to join as a Member
of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.,
our Federally Chartered Veterans Service Organization!

How to Join

Welcome to the official website of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. The site is DYNAMIC, ever-changing, to keep the membership and all Veterans of Korea, 1945 until now, informed of America’s oldest and largest association of Korea Veterans. You will find new material each time you visit the site: come often, browse widely, and come again soon! We encourage all users to check out the various links on our site to useful and helpful information for veterans, their families, educators, and the public.

List of Recently Joined NEW MEMBERS...
Click HERE to View


Check Your National KWVA Membership Status Online:
Click HERE


Members continue to subscribe to the Code of Conduct... Have YOU??
View the List of Subscribers...
(Now over 500 names; page loads slow, please be patient!)
See Steve Szekely's article in the Jan/Feb 2010 Graybeards...
Note: To subscribe please call, write, or email: Stephen Szekely
1516 Laclede Rd., South Euclid, Ohio 44121, (216) 381-9080, sxdszek@sbcglobal.net

News... Stories... Topics of Interest to KWVA Members and Friends...
(Note: Please scroll down for many more stories not listed here...)

Archive of EARLIER Home Page Stories by Date and Subject...



Press Release: Wall of Remembrance (H.R.1475) Signed Into Law!

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act (H.R.1475) which recently passed Congress.

The legislation introduced last year by Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX), a Korean War veteran, calls for authorizing the establishment of the wall to list the names of some 50-thousand U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War in the early 1950s.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial opened on July 27th 1995 to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Korean War armistice. The park houses 19 statues of soldiers. But until now, only the number of those who were killed, wounded, or missing in action were listed without their names.

(Posted 10/11/16)

Call for Election

The membership is hereby notified that elections will be held in the spring of 2017 for the following National Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. (KWVA) positions:

Four (4) Directors to serve from June 25, 2017 - June 25, 2020.

All applications and documents must be RECEIVED no later than December 15, 2016. Any regular member in good standing of the KWVA seeking to run for the aforementioned offices shall make their intentions known to the Chairman of the Elections Committee, Robert F. Fitts, in writing, using the following format:

Requirements:

  1. Present proof of service by submitting a separate signed Official KWVA Membership Application Form (found on the KWVA website or in The Graybeards Magazine), showing eligible service years. The applicant must also submit a copy of his/her Form DD214 for verification by the Election Committee. The copy of the Form DD214 may be redacted selectively by blackout/whiteout to remove information not related to the information required by the KWVA.
    To apply for a Form DD214, go to the National Archives website, http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

  2. Present a current photograph, suitable for publication in The Graybeards, in which the candidate is clearly the focus of the picture.

  3. Submit a letter, signed and dated, limited to approximately one (1) page, including the following:

    1. Your intent to run for an office and the office sought.

    2. A summary of your qualifications for this office, stating any experience that will be of benefit to the Association.

    3. Your current mailing address, telephone number, KWVA membership number, and your email address if available.

    4. Alternate email address and alternate phone number, if available.

    5. A statement that you will attend all called meetings of the Board of Directors and that you understand that two (2) unexcused absences could be used for your removal from office.

    6. A statement releasing the Application Form for verification by the Election Committee.

  4. You must sign a statement that your dues are current through the complete term of the office you are seeking.
    Note: Payment of delinquent dues shall not be retroactive for purposes of establishing eligibility to run for office within the Association.

  5. Send the above items by "USPS Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested", to the Election Committee Chairman, to arrive not later than December 15, 2016. Scanned documents sent via email are not an acceptable alternative, and will be automatically deleted.

  6. Address application packages to: Mr. Robert F. Fitts, Chairman, Elections Committee, Korean War Veterans Association, Inc., 2511 22nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61920

  7. Address any questions you may have to the Election Committee Chairman at (309) 793-1292 or email, rsfitts@revealed.net.

Reminder: Please remember that any Regular Member of the KWVA, as defined in Article 1, Membership, of our Bylaws, is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, including both Korean WAR Veterans and Korean DEFENSE Veterans. I would encourage you to consider submitting your application for one of the four open Directors positions this year and take your place as a member of the KWVA Leadership Team to lead our Association forward in the coming years.

Also remember: Your Application must be received no later than December 15, 2016. File it today!

Submitted by: Lewis M. Ewing, Secretary

(Posted 9/16/16)

Help Us Get H.CON.RES.50 Passed to Honor Korea Service Veterans...


Design for the Korean Defense Service Memorial
(Click picture for a larger view)

I am proud to announce a new Federal Bill # H.Con.Res.50 honoring all who made the ultimate sacrifice in Korea since July 28, 1954. That includes 1,243 Americans and 2,500 ROKs. The memorial will be erected at Arlington National Cemetery. The bill was introduced by Congressman William Keating, MA 9th District. No taxpayer funds will be used to construct the memorial. Please call your Congressman at 202-224-3121 ask them to Co-sponsor H.Con.Res.50.

The full title/description of the Resolution is: "Expressing the sense of Congress that an appropriate site in the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery should be provided for a memorial marker to honor the memory of those who have been awarded or are eligible for the Korean Defense Service Medal who are missing in action, are unaccounted for, or died in-theater."
 

Click HERE to see a copy of the Bill and list of current co-sponsors

(Direct from the "Library of Congress Thomas Site")

Sincerely,
Jeffrey J. Brodeur
Member National Membership and Recruiting Committee
Member National Ceremonies Committee
Former KWVA National Director
Email: KVAMANE@aol.com

(Originally posted 5/26/15, Updated 8/10/15)


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The Sep/Oct, 2016 Issue of The Graybeards
was mailed Tuesday, Oct. 18... look for your copy soon!!

Click the following links for a preview... (PDF Files)

(Posted 11/1/16)

Korean War Veteran Reunites With His Twin Children for the First Time in Over 40 Years

Allen Thomas is a US Veteran who served in the Army in Korea and Vietnam. While in Korea he married a Korean woman and they had twins. When he left Korea for re-assignment the twins were adopted without his permission.

He’s been searching for them for about 45 years. This summer he asked people on Facebook to help him. The post was shared over 1 Million times. 20/20 helped him locate the twins and they were reunited last month.

The program shows how the 45 year mystery was solved and includes their emotional reunion.

The program airs tonight, Friday December 11th, at 10pm Eastern and Pacific /9pm Central on ABC 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas.

Tomorrow, December 12th, the program will be available HERE.

If you want to read more about Thomas's search for his children, click HERE.

(Posted 12/11/15)


 

Korean War Documentaries by Jongwoo Han

Many of you know Dr. Jongwoo Han. He is a former Professor out of Syracuse University who is doing many good things for the KWVA, especially our Tell America Program. Just recently he traveled around the country with a Korean Broadcast System videographer, interviewing veterans and filming a documentary about Korean veterans that is now complete and located on his website. It is well worth your time to look at and see what he has done. It is currently being shown in Korea on the Korean Broadcast System.

 

To view the documentaries on his website, click HERE.

(Posted 8/12/15)


Wreath laying at
 KWV Memorial

We had a wonderful time at the 2015 KWVA Convention
July 22-27 in Washington, DC

(Posted 8/7/15)


Saturday Night Banquet...
A great time for all!


Front of the Christmas Card
(Click picture to view close-ups of the individual cards)
Christmas Letters from Korean Students

 

The Korean student organization Nanum in South Korea sent in a wonderful GIANT Christmas card wishing Korean War Veterans a merry Christmas! THIS CARD IS 2 FEET TALL AND 18 INCHES WIDE. Inside are 24 individual cards pasted as "decorations" of the big card. It is delightful and beautiful to look at.

We have tried to capture the beauty and the spirit of this wonderful school project and hope everyone enjoys seeing it as much as we've enjoyed having it at the Membership Office.

We want to offer our special thanks to Kang-Hye Lee for sending this beautiful gift to us.

 

Click HERE to view the Christmas card.

 

(Posted 12/16/14)


Students from Nanum holding their letters
(Click picture for a larger view)
Letters of Gratitude from Korean Students

Members of the Korean student organization Nanum in South Korea worked together to send thank-you letters to Korean War Veterans, letters of thanks and praise for saving their country.

They sent us a BIG box chucked full of letters which we have now scanned and created a webpage specially for viewing these wonderful letters.

Click HERE to view these heartwarming letters.

(Posted 6/2/14)

Give a deserving Korea Veteran a Gift Membership...

If you have a friend or family member that served in Korea and is eligible to be a KWVA member, you can easily give him/her a "Gift Membership"... simply fill out the Application with all the required information for them, then sign it yourself in the designated area as the "gift giver" and mail it to the Membership Office, along with the required payment shown on the application.

The new member will receive a membership card, a "Welcome Packet" from the Membership Office, and begin receiving the Graybeards magazine!

 

Read More>>

(Posted 10/27/12)

Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial

"The creation of the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial (KWVDM) emerges as a first-of-its-kind project seeking to permanently preserve, unedited, the first-hand memories, experiences, and artifacts of our Korean War Veterans in an effort to pass them down to future generations."

Click HERE to visit the website

Click HERE for more information on how the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial was created (PDF)

(Posted 1/12/12)

KWVA National Furnished Websites for Departments and Chapters NOW AVAILABLE...

In the 2008 March/April Issue of The Graybeards, on Pages 22-23, the idea of Chapter and Department websites, furnished by KWVA, Inc., was proposed to the KWVA Membership. The proposal was then placed before the KWVA Board of Directors, at the 2008 KWVA Annual Reunion, at Norfolk, Virginia, on October 24, 2008. It was unanimously approved.

The project task is to set up two website servers; one each for KWVA Departments and Chapters. The target date to have the system in place was January 1st, 2009... but we have gotten it set up ahead of schedule!  The initial Website Templates are designed and installed, and the first Chapter (California CID 6) and Department (California) Websites are online, although still under development!

There will be no website cost to a Department or Chapter, including that for the annual domain name registration. While the KWVA will furnish the initial Website Templates, it will be the individual chapter or department that will be required to provide their Webmaster. The web design and editing software is Microsoft FrontPage. Access to it will be given to the approved Department or Chapter Commander and Webmaster. A one-time licensing fee may be passed on to the Department or Chapter. That is being negotiated at this time.

Click the following links to view the project as it stands at the moment:

Check back often to view the progress as further updates are made.  To apply for your Department or Chapter, click the link on the right of the KWVA Home Page to the Standard Procedure Manual and follow the procedure in Addendum N-6A, page 53.

Read More (From Nov/Dec GB)>>

(Posted 12/8/08)



Contact the KWVA Membership Office for ALL Member Information Requests/Changes

  • Didn't Get your Graybeards?
  • Change of Address
  • "Snowbird" Fall and Spring move dates/address changes
  • Phone Number Change/Update
  • Email Address Changes/Additions
  • Death Notices (including date of death)
  • Make a Donation to KWVA
  • Make a Donation to The Graybeards
  • Make a Donation "In-Memory-Of" to the KWVA or Graybeards
  • New Member Applications
  • Dues Renewal Payments by Credit Card

Phone: 217-345-4414 (Office Hours 9am-3:30pm Central Mon-Fri)
Email to:  membership@kwva.org
"Snail" Mail to: KWVA Membership Office
PO Box 407
Charleston, IL  61920-0407

Need extra copies of a past or current issues of The Graybeards?

Sheila at the KWVA Membership Office can help you.  We have lots of old copies of many issues going back to 2004.

Back copies are $2.00 each plus postage - First Class Postage for one copy is $2.45, total of $4.45.

Need more than one copy?  Generally USPS Priority Mail is the cheapest and Sheila can give you a quote.

Email or call Sheila for more information on what is available or to order:

Email: membership@kwva.org
Phone: 217-345-4414

(Don't forget, PDF copies of ALL back issues of The Graybeards are available on the KWVA Website... Click HERE!)

(Posted 1/26/11, Revised 7/3/14)


LIMITED EDITION Korean War Memorial 20th Anniversary Challenge Coins Now Available!


Front


Back

These coins, sold at the July, 2015 Convention, are now available for order from the Membership Office!

Only 400 were made. As of August 14, only 300 remain. Get yours while supplies last!

Click HERE for more details and ordering information.

(Posted 8/14/15)

KWVA Challenge Coins Now Available!
 


Front


Back

These coins, sold at the 60th Anniversary Convention, are now available for order!

Click HERE for more details and ordering information.

(Posted 1/13/14)

KWVA Hats Now Available from the Membership Office!
 


KWVA Black Hat
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KWVA White Hat
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The KWVA Hats sold at the 60th Anniversary Convention are now for available from the Membership Office!
 

Click HERE for more details and ordering information.

(Posted 11/15/13, Rev 4/23/14)

KWVA and Digital Memorial Foundation Commemorative Posters Now Available!
 


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These are the beautiful posters sold at the 60th Anniversary Convention in Washington DC last July!

They are perfect for framing at 18" x 24"!

Click HERE for more details and ordering information.

(Posted 11/15/13)


KWVA Lapel Pins and Patches For Sale

Members desiring to purchase distinctive copyrighted items for Korea war and Korea service veterans may now purchase items from the National Membership Office.

Newly available items are lapel pins and the alternative sew-on patch (see below).

Click HERE for Ordering Information

 


NEW PIN


PATCH

 

(Posted 7/6/07, updated 11/25/07)

KWVA Window Decal Now Available For Purchase!


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These window decals are now available for order from the Membership Office!

Click HERE for more details and ordering information.

(Posted 10/12/15)


New Recruiting Mail-Out/Hand-Out Flyer Available

The new Recruiting Flyer is available... it is designed to be printed on a 8-1/2 x 11 size paper in Color.  It includes a complete Membership Application as part of the flyer.

PDF File    MS Publisher Version

NOTE:  Most printers can print from the PDF File (Most don't use or have Publisher)

(Posted 12/19/07, Revised 9/7/08)



(Posted 9/5/05
Poster Revised
1/21/07)

RECRUITING!
Attention All Chapters,
Departments, Members:

"KWVA Wants You" Recruiting Poster...

Download the Recruiting Ad, insert your own address and telephone number(s) and place in papers and on local TV.

Click to view the complete poster----->

For a larger "Poster View" suitable for printing, click the link below:

1055x1430-300dpi JPG (picture) File
OR
1055x1430-300dpi PDF File
Note: Most printers prefer the PDF file

Click HERE for information on how to join us.

(Original poster Courtesy Jamie L. Burnell, Granddaughter of KWVA member Ed Bicknell)


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MEMORIAL OF OUR MEMBERS

Perpetual...

Founder William T. Norris, LC00001, June 20, 1997

Honorary President Raymond G. Davis MOH, MH00008, September 3, 2003


In January 2005, the President of the KWVA established that death notices of present or former directors, national officers, and department presidents would be placed on the website for thirty days. All reports of deaths of members are published in The Graybeards, when reported, and the Memorial List of those who have departed since the last National Convention are placed on a Memorial List awaiting the next Convention. Well done, honored comrades.

Click HERE to view our "In Memoriam" page of ALL Members that have passed away.


Join Us...

The members of the Board of Directors and I cordially invite Korea veterans of all eras to join the KWVA so that you can receive the membership benefit of issues of the organization's official magazine, The Graybeards, published six times a year and is occasionally supplemented with newsletters between issues. (Non-Korea veterans are also welcome to join the KWVA as associate members.)

In our newsletters, and on THIS Website, you will find the most current KWVA news, updates on issues of importance to Korean War veterans, reunion notices, POW/MIA updates, book reviews, veterans' memoirs, and much more.

Tom Stevens, President, KWVA

Click HERE for information on how to join us.
 


The official contact person for the national KWVA is: Lewis "Lew" Ewing, Secretary, LewEwing@gmail.com. Phone 540-678-1787. Mr. Ewing is a resident of Virginia, and thus is on Eastern Time.


Archive of EARLIER Home Page Stories...

Stories and news releases of interest to Korea veterans are published regularly on the KWVA website Home Page.
CLICK THIS LINK to go to the list of Previous Stories by Date and Subject.


THE MISSION OF THE KWVA/USA is
DEFEND our Nation
CARE for our Veterans
PERPETUATE our Legacy
REMEMBER our Missing and Fallen
MAINTAIN our Memorial
SUPPORT a free Korea


Appearance from time-to-time of non-KWVA notices, opinions, products, and services hereon are offered as a service to our members and friends, and does not constitute agreement with or an endorsement by the KWVA or any of its officers, officials or employees. News items are selected as pertaining to the Mission of the Association.

Hot Topics:
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Officer & Director Election 2016 FINAL RESULTS
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FILL IN VERSIONS of the Chapter and Department Election Report forms 4.7-3 and 4.8-3 are now available
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Board Decision on Name Change Proposal
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2015 Revised KWVA Standard Procedure Manual NOW AVAILABLE
on the Website
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2015 Bylaws Released
for Publication

on the Website
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Advertise in the Graybeards
Click here for details and rate
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Announcements:

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Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial!
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New VA Health ID Cards Being Issued
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Text of Public Law 110-254 - KWVA Federal Charter
(PDF File)

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Tell-America TV... Major Breakthrough for the Tell America Program!
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VA Announces
On-Line Claims Applications
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VA List of America's Wars + Statistics
(PDF File)
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How to Request Military Service Records or Prove Military Service
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KWVA Lapel Pins and Patches,
and a Variety of Uniform Items For Sale
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In Memoriam
FULL Database Listing of Members who have passed away.
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