Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.
Korean War & Korea Defense Veterans: A Continuity of Service in the Defense of Freedom
Incorporated June 14, 1985; Chartered by Congress June 30, 2008
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KWVA Supports the Asian Community

Apr 6

As leading organizations for the Veterans who defended Korea and U.S. interests from 1950 to the present day, for the economic and people-to-people relationships between Korea and the United States, and as champions for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we condemn violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as with any and all other groups of our fellow citizens.
We are joined together in making this strong, collective statement of support that we hope will resonate in the hearts of every one of our members, and in every community where our members live.
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KWVA National Director & Washington Liaison

Scholarships for the 2021-2022 School Year

Feb 11

The Korean War Veterans Association is offering scholarships for descendants of Korean War Veterans.

For more information (including deadlines and application forms):

  • Click HERE for information and an application for the Korean War Veterans Association scholarship.

KWVA 2020 Fundraiser Winners Announced!

Nov 20, 2020

The Winning tickets for the 2020 Fundraiser were drawn by Alex Switzer from the KWVA Membership Office on November 18. Present at and witnessing the drawing were National Webmaster James Doppelhammer, National Administrative Assistant Sheila Fritts and Double-Hammer Computer Mgr. Chuck Wood.

  • First prize is $1,500 in cash... Victor A Sartoris, Jr. R038831, Garland, TX
  • Second prize is $1,000 in cash... Matthew C Bridges LR33711, Middletown, MD
  • Third prize is $1,000 in cash... Donald R Duffy R036065, New Castle, PA
  • Fourth prize is $1,000 in cash... W Roberts Richmond LR03650, Glen Mills, PA
  • Fifth prize is $500 in cash... John O Every R042297, Bloomville, NY
  • Sixth prize is $500 in cash... William Norwood R038618, Santa Ana, CA

As Fund Raiser Chairman I want to thank every member that has donated to the Fund Raiser. The funds are utilized to help cover the Graybeards costs. It helps to eliminate efforts to reduce the number of issues each year.

Please plan on supporting the 2021 Fund Raiser.

Thomas McHugh, Director
Fund Raiser Chairman

Veterans Day 2020

Nov 12, 2020


KWVA President Visits the National Capital Region

The Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) was very well represented in the Washington, DC area during Veterans Day week as President Jeff Brodeur paid several calls and attended numerous events and meetings in the National Capital Region.

On Monday, he visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC) at Quantico, VA. After touring the museum with docent and National Director Col. Rocky Harder, USMC (Ret.) as his guide, Jeff and Rocky were joined by National Director Col. Warren Wiedhahn, USMC (Ret.) and new Public Affairs Coordinator Major Fred (“Flash”) Lash, USMC (Ret.) for lunch at Tun Tavern, the museum’s premiere restaurant. While having lunch, Jeff was introduced to the President of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Maj. Gen James A. Kessler, USMC (Ret.), the museum’s Public Affairs Chief, Gwenn Adams, and the deputy director of the NMMC, Dave Vickers.

The following day, Brodeur was able to visit our wounded warriors and staff at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, MD and present several KWVA challenge coins to those veterans. He also met with Gen. Jim McConville and Lt. Gen Gary Brito, explaining to them the structure of the KWVA and the role that the Korean War veterans play in carrying on many of our proud military traditions and actively supporting our active duty wounded warriors.

During the evening prior to Veterans’ Day, Brodeur visited the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, paying his respects to all the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who paid the ultimate sacrifice during their service in the Korean War.

On Veterans Day, Brodeur attended the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery, representing the KWVA. President and Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary Wilke were present to lay the wreath, along with other representatives of numerous Veterans Service Organizations (VSO). Brodeur reported that “It was raining throughout most of the ceremony and security was very tight.”

National Foundation Day 2020

Oct 2, 2020

NEWS RELEASE - KWVA Supports National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sep 15, 2020

Korean War Veterans Association voices Support for National POW/MIA Recognition Day and the Personnel Accounting Effort

Click HERE to view the News Release (PDF)

KWVA Chapter #267 Recognized for Recruiting Efforts

Sep 8, 2020


KWVA Chapter # 267 Gainesville Florida Chapter was recognized by KWVA National President Brodeur for their community service and was presented new KWVA recruiting materials. Chapter Commander Rich Stalbaum and Adjutant Don Sherry were in attendance, as were American Legion Past Department Commander Jim Ramos and longtime members Terry Fitzpatrick and Sarge McQueen who parachuted Into Korea with the 187th Airborne and was a POW for almost 3 years.

KWVA Presents $10,000 donation to the Wall of Remembrance

Aug 17, 2020


The rolling hills and colorful farms in eastern Maryland provided a wonderful setting for the presentation of a donation for $10,000.00 for the Wall of Remembrance, a KWVA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the new KWVA 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Challenge Coins to the Chairman Emeritus of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation (KWVMF), retired U.S. Army Colonel William E. Weber. Bill is a longtime friend and supporter of the KWVA was the main driving force behind the Korean War Veterans National Memorial in Washington DC. The new KWVA 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Challenge Coins were created with Bill's image on the coin. 

In support of the KWVMF's fund raising campaign for its Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, Korean War Veterans Association DC Representatives and National Directors Col. Warren H. Wiedhahn, USMC (Ret) and Col. Bruce R. "Rocky" Harder, USMC (Ret) met with Colonel Weber and his wife (and KWVMF Board member) Annelie on the front porch of their farmhouse today to present the KWVA's contribution to Bill for his lifetime support of our Korean War and Korean Defense Veterans.

Col. Weber stated that he was "quite pleased by the size of this donation" and hoped that more military-related organizations and associations would "follow the example set by the KWVA and contribute to this most worthy effort."

I would like to thank Fred Lash for contributing to the article and providing the pictures and our new KWVA DC Representatives Warren Wiedhahn and Rocky Harder for making the drive to Bill's house and representing myself and the membership of the KWVA.

Korean War Veterans Association 
National President 
Jeffrey J.Brodeur 

2020 American Veterans of Korea Foundation Scholarship Winners!

Jul 24, 2020

The Scholarship Committee of John McWaters, Bill McLaughlin, and Ed Thomas chose the following ten winners from the 67 submissions:

  1. Grace M Freund, Fisher, IN
    Purdue University
  2. Shannon Acadi Sinnicki, Frederick, MD
    University of Maryland
  3. Maeve C. Pioli, Annapolis, MD
    University of South Carolina
  4. Jessica K. Sherwood, Colorado Springs, CO
    Colorado State University
  5. Matthew R. Deutschmann, St. Louis, MO
    Washington University in St. Louis
  6. Kelley N. Benck,Sevastopol, CA
    University of Miami, FL
  7. Isabelle D. Peel, Princeton, NJ
    Dennison University
  8. Abigail A. Willis, Sutherlin, OR
    Corbin University
  9. Tyler B. Moore, Biltmore Lake, NC
    NC State University
  10. Morgan B. McCluskey, Dennison, OH
    Youngstown State University

Congratulations to all the winners, and a huge thank you to all of the participants!

June 25, 2020 - 70th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War

Jun 25, 2020

KWVA Members and Friends...

June 25, 1950 marked the start of the Korean War, a war that technically never ended. The Korean Armistice Agreement, signed on July 27, 1953, is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document as no nation is a signatory to it, it simply suspended open hostilities. Thus, began an unstable truce that continues to this day.

Over the seventy years that have passed since North Korea invaded South Korea, we have seen the emergence of a special and unique relationship between the United States and South Korea. It is special because of the immense sacrifice and blood that bonds our two countries together. it is unique because South Korea, our ally, has never forgotten those who answered Freedom’s call.

Everyone who fought or served in Korea left something behind, whether physically, mentally, or spiritually. Each gave a part of their life to preserve life as we know it on the Korean Peninsula. Together we formed a band-of-brothers who stand shoulder-to-shoulder and together we stand tall against tyranny, wherever it raises its ugly head.

Jeffrey Brodeur
President, Korea War Veterans Association, Inc.

KWVA is the only Federally Chartered Veterans Service Organization for Korea War and Korea Defense Veterans, granted on June 30, 2008 with enactment by the 110th Congress under Public Law 110-254.

Memorial Day 2020

May 22, 2020


The Korean War Veterans Association honors all our Korean War Veterans and all our Korean Defense Veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day.

First World Congress of History Teachers and Korean War Veterans

Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Jong Woo Han will be holding the First World Congress of history teachers and Korean War Veterans from July 25-28, 2020. The event will take place at the U.S. army Museum at Ft. Belvoir, VA.
Teachers from 22 nations will be invited to participate. An update and instructions on how to participate will be available shortly.

How to Get the Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM)

Oct 17, 2018

NEW Freedom Hats & Shirts Now Available!

Sep 18, 2018

The NEW KWVA Freedom Hats & Shirts as well as Lapel Pins are now available in the KWVA Online Store!  Check them out!

KWVA Position on President Trump and Kim Jung Un Talks

Jun 13, 2018

The Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. is hopeful  that the recent talks between President Trump and Kim Jung Un is only the first step which ultimately results in peace on the Korean Peninsula.  We are further hopeful that eventually the families of our missing American servicemen from the Korean War will be able to experience closure.  We wholeheartedly support the recovery and return of the remains of our unaccounted-for Servicemen from the Korean War and those of our allies.

The KWVA also regards the occasion of the Summit talks to hopefully result in numerous other positive changes on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the far East.

Tom Stevens,
President, Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. U.S.A.

The KWVA Official Position on Korean Unification

May 2, 2018

Video of Veterans Day Ceremony 2017

Nov 27, 2017

Veterans Day 2017 at Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater
Sponsored by the Korean War Veterans USA

Note: The video is approx 1-1/2 hours in length... but worth the time!

Helpful VA Links

Nov 16, 2017

  • Click HERE for On-Line Claims Applications
  • Click HERE for information on the VA's Veterans Health Identification Card
  • Click HERE for the VA's statistics on America's wars

How to Request Military Service Records or Prove Military Service

Nov 16, 2017

Click HERE for instructions on how to request military service records or prove military service.