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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Scholarships for the 2023-2024 School Year

Jan 23

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.

Scholarship Winners for the 2022-2023 School Year!

Aug 10, 2022

The Scholarship Committee chaired by John McWaters chose the following ten winners out of all the submissions:

  1. Jaret Nathaniel Jones
    Auburn University
  2. Aidan Kennedy
    Michigan State University
  3. Ryan Kennedy
    Liberty University
  4. Katherine Lawrence
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  5. Mikayla Renee Crump
    University of North Carolina
  6. Amanda Jane Dietrich Golino
    University of Virginia
  7. Connor Joseph Heinlein
    Towson State university
  8. Opal Denesz McElroy
    University of Southern California
  9. Calais Amanda Lee Lauby
    Kennesaw State University
  10. Sophie McKenna Fournier
    University of Miami

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

Veteran Rally Point - June 29, 2022

Jun 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Connected Care is holding a Veteran Rally Point on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 12 pm EST to inform veterans about remote health options through the VA and other benefits. Click HERE to RVSP.

2022 KWVA Fundraiser

Feb 1, 2022

Click HERE for information on the 2022 Fundraiser and to print out more tickets.

KWVA 2021 Fundraiser Winners Announced!

Oct 28, 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Fundraiser Winners!

  • Patsy J Scarpata

  • Robert L Fischer

  • Neil Sanders

  • James R Taylor

  • Dr Sidney Glassman

  • Anton R Hinrichsen

The winning tickets were drawn at the 2021 Membership Meeting Banquet.

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 2022 Fund Raiser.

Thomas McHugh, 2nd Vice President
Fund Raiser Committee Chairman

Memorial Day 2021

May 31, 2021


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.

Past President Bill Mac Swain Has Passed

May 31, 2021

VA Medical, Pharmacy Copayments Cancelled Through Sept. 30, 2021.

Apr 20, 2021

Due to American Rescue Plan, copayments paid April 6, 2020, to present will be refunded.

In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and President Joe Biden signed it into law. As a result, all copayments for medical care and pharmacy services provided during the period of April 6, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021, are canceled, along with any fees or interest.

VA wants you to know that supporting your financial well-being is one of our top priorities.

Key facts on how the ARP will impact Veterans:

  • Cancel copayments for medical care and pharmacy services incurred on and after April 6, 2020.
  • No assessment of copayments for medical care and pharmacy through Sept. 30, 2021.
  • VA is working quickly to process those cancellations and refund Veterans who have been making payments on their accounts for medical services received during this period.
  • Continue to send statements for information only through Sept. 30, 2021. These statements keep Veterans informed of their balance, which will be due when collections resume in October 2021.
  • The mailing of patient statements and collection of copayments for health care and prescriptions will resume on Oct. 1, 2021.

Your VA health care continues.

There will be no change in the quality and availability of VA health care during this time. You can schedule appointments and communicate with your providers in the same manner you have been.

If you are concerned about copayments you owe for health care and pharmacy provided prior to April 6, 2020, you can apply for a debt relief program.

For more information on financial relief, Veterans can visit https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/revenue_ops/Financial_Hardship.asp or call the Health Resource Center at 866-400-1238, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

VA will work with all Veterans who apply for debt relief to determine the best possible solution.

For information on charges owed for care and prescriptions prior to April 6, 2020, debt relief options and/or account number information, Veterans can call the VHA Health Resource Center at 1-866-400-1238.

Resources for Veterans

Non-health debts and overpayments

This blog post excludes separate and exclusive information on non-health benefits debts and overpayments, which are handled by the Debt Management Center (DMC). This blog post duplicates that post, but excludes DMC content, focusing only on fees, copayments and debts on medical care and pharmacy services.

VHA Office of Community Care – Revenue Operations contributed to this story.

KWVA Supports the Asian Community

Apr 6, 2021

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.
  • Korea Defense Veterans Association
  • Korean War Veterans Association
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation
  • Non Commissions Officer Association
  • The Korea Society
  • Executive Law Partners, PLLC
  • Fisher Events and Marketing
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KWVA National Director & Washington Liaison

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.”

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 

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.

How to Get the Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM)

Oct 17, 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.