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

Click HERE to View the RESULTS!  (Posted 5/15/15)

Sadly we announce the passing of KWVA National Tell America Committee Member
James E. 'Jim' Yaney, Sr...

(Click the above link for more details)

(Posted 5/8/15)

FILL IN VERSIONS of the Bylaw Required Chapter and Department Election Report forms 4.7-3 and 4.8-3 are now available online.
Click HERE


KWVA Annual Convention 2015 - July 22-26...

NOTE:  Hotel Registration Deadline: June 23rd...
(After this the prices for the rooms will sky rocket)
  • KWVA Board & Membership Meetings

  • 65th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration

  • 20th Anniversary of the Korean War Veterans Memorial

  • KWVA 30th Anniversary (founded 1985)

  • Chosin Few Memorial Dedication

  • Participation from Delegations of Allied Countries

DoubleTree by Hilton, Washington DC-Crystal City
300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, VA 22202 - 703-416-4100


Click HERE For Convention Registration Form and Hotel Registration Details

Note: Mail-in Registration deadline: July 8, 2015.
Phone Registrations will be taken up until Friday July 17 by Sheila at the Membership Office - 217-345-4414.
Walk-in Registrations will be accepted at the convention Registration Desk starting Wednesday July 22, 2015,
but we cannot guarantee availability at Events, Tours or Banquet if capacity is reached.
Walk-in Registration Deadline will be 5:00pm Friday July 24 latest in order to give the Hotel the
time they need to be adequately prepared for Banquet seating and meal accommodations.

Announcing KWVA's 2015 Fundraiser

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

First prize is $2,500 in cash

Second prize is $1,000 in cash

Third prize is $1,000 in cash

Fourth prize is $1,000 in cash

Tickets were mailed in March to all active Members. If you didn't get the mailout or want to purchase more tickets, IT'S NOT TOO LATE! The Deadline for ticket donations is October 15, 2015.

Just click the Entry Form link below, print, fill out and mail the tickets to the Membership Office.

The Drawing will be held on Veterans Day 2015. Winners will be announced here on the KWVA.org website and in the Graybeards.

Click HERE for More Details and additional Entry Forms

The KWVA Fund Raising Committee THANKS YOU for your support!
NEW SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION... American Veterans Of Korea Foundation Offering Scholarships

The American Veterans of Korea Foundation (AVKF) is offering multiple scholarships to descendents of Regular Members of the KWVA and descendents of deceased Korean War Veterans. The scholarship applications must be received by June 15, 2015!

For more information and the application form, click HERE.

(Posted 4/17/15)

(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 1475 Passed to Authorize the
"Wall of Remembrance" to be added to our Korean War Memorial...


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-1475! We need you to put pressure on them to become co-sponsors of HR-1475, 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-1475! 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 < http://www.koreanwarvetsmemorial.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")

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

(Originally posted 4/23/12, Updated 3/31/15)

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KWVA Board Decision on Name Change Proposal...

On March 27, 2015, the Korean War Veterans Association Board of Directors held their Spring meeting in Washington, D.C. One of the many topics of discussion presented to the Board was a proposal to change the name of the Korean War Veterans Association to the Korean Veterans of America Association. The reason for this change would be to help recruitment efforts in bringing Korean Defense Veterans to join the association.

After much research and expressed opinions, it was unanimously voted by the KWVA Board of Directors not to change the name of the Korean War Veterans Association.

It was highly recommended and unanimously agreed upon that all existing members and Chapters within the Korean War Veterans Association must continue to diligently recruit both new members, inactive members and Korean Defense Veterans into the association.

Respectfully submitted, James R. Fisher, Executive Director

(Posted 4/11/15)

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The March/April, 2015 Issue of The Graybeards
was mailed Friday, April 10... look for your copy soon!!

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

(Posted 4/15/15)

Front of the Christmas Card
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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
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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)



“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)

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)

KWVA Challenge Coins Now Available!



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





(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

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
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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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...  James E. "Jim" Yaney, Sr, LR33759... May 3, 2015

Sadly we must report another death among KWVA National leaders.

James E. Yaney Sr., 83, North Manchester, IN formerly of Fort Wayne, IN died on May 3, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. in his residence. He was born August 8, 1931 in Fort Wayne, IN to Sylvester & Eva (Lyons) Yaney. He served in the Army Med Corp in Korea 1953-1961. He retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1992 after 26 years service. Served on the National Board of Korean War Veterans Association and was producer of television show "Tell America", Fort Wayne, IN. He attended Akron United Methodist Church, Akron, IN. He is survived by his companion, Dorothy Medley, North Manchester, IN; three sons, James (Teresa) Yaney Jr., Indianapolis, IN, Lon (Angel) Yaney, Pierceton, IN and Lynn (Melonie Christensen) Yaney, Kiln, MS; one daughter, Bernadette (Jon) Yaney-Clark, North Manchester, IN; four grandchildren, Jared Michael Christiansen, Kiln, MS, Tiffany Clark, North Manchester, IN, Brittani Kinnear, Lancaster, OH and Malicia Kinghorn, Lancaster, OH; two great grandchildren, Kenzi Zimmerman, Edgar, WI and Marissa Yaney, Wausau, WI. One son, Leslie Yaney, one grandson, James G. Yaney and three brothers, Joseph Wesley Yaney, Richard Yaney and Robert Yaney are deceased. Family and friends may call Friday, May 8, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN. For those who wish to honor the memory of James E. Yaney Sr., memorial contributions may be given to Korean War Veterans Association, PO Box 407, Charleston, IL 61920-0407. To send a private condolence to the Yaney family, use the condolence link on the homepage. Freedom is not free

(Posted 5/8/2015)

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In Memoriam...  Luther Rice, LR19674... April 8th, 2015

Sadly we must report another death among past National leaders. Luther Rice was a KWVA Director from 2008 to 2014.

Luther served the KWVA and his country with dignity and honor.  Besides serving on the Board of Directors he also held many leadership positions on the state and local levels.  We will miss him.  

Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara Anne Nehls Rice of Aurora, IN.; children, Nancy Anne (Ken) Ray of Ft. Mitchell, KY, Roxanne Marie (John) Denton of Miamisburg, Ohio, Luther Howard (Janice) Rice of Zionsville, IN; Siblings, Margaret "Peggy" Lyttle of Smyrna, TN, Janet Howze of Smyrna, TN, William E. Rice of Shelbyville, IN; Grandchildren, Megan Knoop, Malia Ray, M.D., Justin Ray, Austin & Sarah Denton and Luther H. Rice; Great-Grandchildren, Evan and Claire Knoop, and Braydon Denton

Friends were received Friday, April 10, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 6060 Blair Rd., Aurora, Indiana. The church is off of US 50 at the top of Trester Hill across from the Aurora Fire house.

Services were held at 11:00 am Saturday at the church, with Chaplain Thomas Largent officiating.

Interment followed in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services were conducted by members of KWVA Chapter 129 with assistance from other local veterans organizations.

Memorials may be made to the KWVA Chapter 129. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and they will notify the family of your donation with a card.

(Posted 4/27/15)

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.

Larry Kinard, 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.

DEFEND our Nation
CARE for our Veterans
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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Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial!
New VA Health ID Cards Being Issued

Text of Public Law 110-254 - KWVA Federal Charter
(PDF File)

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

ALL back issues

now posted!

2002-2015 Korean War Veteran's Association. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of material is prohibited.

Mailing Address:  KWVA, PO Box 407, Charleston, IL  61920-0407

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