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Scholarship Winners for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Oct 31, 2023

The Scholarship Committee chaired by David Pickett chose the following nine winners out of all the submissions:

$1500 Scholarships

  1. Evan Pritchard Moore
    UNC Chapel Hill
  2. Sierra McKenzie Rose
    Shepard University

$1000 Scholarships

  1. Madeline Lawrence
    Savannah College of Art Design
  2. Connor Middleton
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  3. Faith Bennett
    American University
  4. Eric George Jensen
    University of Iowa
  5. Ava McKenzie Beahn
    UNC Chapel Hill
  6. James Josef Rogers
    University of Texas at Austin
  7. Andrew West
    University of Oklahoma

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

Scholarships for the 2023-2024 School Year

Jan 23, 2023

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 2022 Fundraiser Winners Announced!

Oct 29, 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Fundraiser Winners!

  • William McLauglin
  • Nancy Russell
  • Raymond Miller
  • Wayne Clemens
  • Edward Jones
  • Richard Dallavalle

The winning tickets were drawn at the 2022 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 2023 Fund Raiser.

Thomas McHugh, 2nd Vice President
Fund Raiser Committee Chairman

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!

Past President Bill Mac Swain Has Passed

May 31, 2021

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

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

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.