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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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<---NEW President's Update Today 4/21/2014

Sadly we announce the passing of former KWVA Director
Arthur "Art" Griffith...

(Click the above link for more details, including Wake & Funeral Arrangements)

(Posted 4/11/14, Rev 4/12)


The first KWV Youth Corps Convention
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Korean War Veterans Youth Corps 2nd Convention

The KWV Youth Corps is holding its second convention July 25-28 to help the descendants of Korean War Veterans preserve your legacy - the memories of the Korea War.

Dr. Jongwoo Han sent this information to all members with email addresses yesterday. We are posting it here as well for those who do not have an email address.

CLICK HERE for more information (PDF File)

(Posted 4/18/2014)


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The March/April, 2014 of The Graybeards
was mailed Tuesday, Apr. 15... look for your copy soon!!

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

(Posted 4/21/14)

Convention 2014 - October 15-19...

Kahler Grand Hotel
20 2nd Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902-3027 - 1-800-533-1655

Registration Form, Hotel Info, Tour Descriptions etc. NOW AVAILABLE!

Click HERE For Details and Registration Form

Note: Mail-in Registration deadline: Sept. 26, 2014. Any Registrations mailed after Sept. 26 might
not be received in time… however, walk-in Registrations will be accepted at the convention.

Announcing KWVA's 2014 Fundraiser

Lend a hand to your association by buying $20 fund-raising tickets.  Each $20 ticket gives you a chance to win one of three super prizes:

First prize is $2,500 in cash

Second prize is a 100% operational 1903 Springfield/Remington rifle

Third prize is $1,500 in cash

Tickets were mailed on March 17, 2014 to all Member's addresses.  To enter this exciting fund-raiser, complete the enclosed order form and mail back to the Membership Office.

The Deadline for ticket donations is October 1, 2014.

Drawing will be held and the Winner announced at the 2014 National Membership Meeting in Rochester, Minnesota on October 18th. You need not be present to win.

Click HERE for More Details and additional Entry Forms

The KWVA Fund Raising Committee THANKS YOU for your support!

Officer & Director Election 2014 CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED...
Click HERE to Meet the Candidates... Resumes and Photos!
NOTE:  The Jan/Feb Graybeards will be the Election Issue this year...
It will be mailed on/about Feb 15, 2014

(Posted 1/13/14)



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Korea Reborn National Book Distribution Project

This is the book that was handed out at the 60th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at the Korean War Memorial on July 27, 2013. Tens of Thousands of these books are being shipped all around the United States to be distributed to Korean War Veterans as a FREE GIFT from the Koreans and South Korean Government, in appreciation of your service.
 

Click HERE for more information about the project.

Click HERE for a list of drop off points where Korea veterans may pick up their FREE copy.

 

(Posted 11/08/13, Revised 2/11/14)


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...



Help Us Get HR 318 Passed to Authorize the
"Wall of Remembrance" to be added to our Korean War Memorial...

My comrade KORWARVETS and KORDEFVETS:

We need your aggressive support NOW (!) while your Congressional Representative is home on leave; holding Town Hall meetings, and campaigning throughout the District in which you live. They’re looking for your support and vote when they run for re-election next year.

They ‘owe’ us if we vote for them and the ‘quid pro quo’ for your vote is their support for enactment of HR-318! We need you to put pressure on them to become co-sponsors of HR-318, the Bill which will authorize a ‘WALL OF REMEMBRANCE’ to be added to our Korean War Veterans Memorial. This Wall will enable us to list our fallen comrades by name and thus bring to the attention of visitors the true cost of ‘ Freedom Is Not Free’!

Our fallen comrades paid that price—they deserve to be honored by name in their and our Memorial! Only you can make this happen—--make your Congressional Representative become a co-sponsor of HR-318! It should be a no-brainer to support you in your cause to honor your fallen comrades. Especially, since no public funding to accomplish this wall will be required.

Those of you who were in Washington for the 60th anniversary of the Cease Fire in Korea saw the model of how our Memorial will look with the Wall of Remembrance added.


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Included in this message is an artistic rendering of the Memorial depicting such.

Go to our Website < www.koreanwarveteransmemorial.org > for a better ‘looksee’!

Click HERE to see a copy of the Bill and list of current co-sponsors
(Direct from the "Library of Congress Thomas Site")

Sincerely,
Col William E. Weber (USA - Ret.), Chairman,
Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc.
10301 McKinstry Mill Rd, New Windsor, MD 21776
www.koreanwarvetsmemorial.org
Phone: 410-775-7733  Email: eagle187@hughes.net

(Originally posted 4/23/12, Updated 8/11/13)


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Presentations honoring veterans of the Korean War
at the Marines' Memorial Club Sept 18, 2013.
Of special interest is the discussion of the
63rd Anniversary of the Korean War and the
actions during the Inchon Landing
given by MG J. Michael Myatt, USMC (Ret.)

Click here to view the video of this presentation



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The January/February, 2014 ELECTION ISSUE of The Graybeards
was mailed Thursday, Feb. 20... look for your copy soon!!

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

(Posted 3/4/14)

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)

 
ATTENTION ALL CHAPTERS:

FREE BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR TELL AMERICA PROGRAMS

“Notice”—We have begun to receive more of the Korean books, “Korean War-Education for Students.” The Korean Embassy in Washington DC has generously supplied us with an additional 5000 that I will be mailing to the Tell America chapters who will use them in the school systems when they make their presentations.

At this point I am trying to limit each chapter to 50 so I can spread them to as many chapters as possible. We recommend that the books be given to the teachers in the schools for them to use in studies about Korea and the war.  The good part is that the KWVA will mail these packages of books “Postage free” to the active Tell America chapters so it will not require any repayment of shipping and handling.

You may request these books by contacting me at 682-518-1040 or larry.kinard@yahoo.com and supplying me with your Chapter number and mailing address.

Larry Kinard
2nd VP National Tell America Chairman

(Posted 4/3/12)

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)


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Parade Magazine (11/6/11 Issue) Special Article "Heroes Among Us"... Six Wars, Six Vets, Six Stories of Courage Features KWVA Member Vartkess Tarbassian

Click HERE to view the story on the Parade Website

Click HERE to view the Parade INTERVIEWS on YouTube

<< Picture: Colin Powell with (clockwise from left) Tom Corey, Yonas Hagos, Tracy Garner, Sarah Letts-Smith, Vartkess Tarbassian, Bob Kessler.  [Photo: Peter Yang]

(Posted 11/13/11)

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 $2.32, total of $4.32.

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 3/26/13)

ANNOUNCEMENT...

Please send ALL Member Information Changes to the KWVA Membership Office...

  • 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)
  • New Member Applications
  • Dues Renewal Payments

Email to:  membership@kwva.org
"Snail" Mail to: KWVA Membership Office
PO Box 407
Charleston, IL  61920-0407
Phone: 217-345-4414


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 60th Anniversary Hat
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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)

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)


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.

In Memoriam...  Arthur "Art" Griffith, LR38076... April 11, 2014

Sadly we must report another death of a past National Director. Art Griffith was a National Director during Bill Mac Swain's and Jim Ferris' administrations 2010-2013. He was also the current commander of KWVA chapter 299 KVA Korea Veterans of America.

Art passed away shortly after midnight Friday morning April 11, 2014. We have lost a great friend and hard worker at KWVA.

More details will be posted when they are available.

Larry Kinard, President

Wake and funeral arrangements for our dear brother Art are as follows:

Wake: Monday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. KVA members are asked to arrive at or before 6:30 p.m. If you have a uniform, please wear it.
Funeral: Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. from Brandon's Funeral Home.

Brandon Funeral Home
305 Wanoosnoc Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone Number: (978) 343-4444

Please let everyone know who may have known Art.  We will truly miss him.

Yours truly,
Al McCarthy, CID 299

 

(Posted 4/11/14, Rev 4/12)


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.

James Ferris, President, KWVA

Click HERE for information on how to join us.
 


The official contact person for the national KWVA is: Frank Cohee, Secretary, KWVASec@gmail.com. Phone 863-859-1384. Mr. Cohee is a resident of Florida, 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.

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