The armistice ending open warfare in Korea was signed July 27, 1953. The Korean War veterans who returned to the U.S. resumed their lives with no fanfare, most merging back into civilian life with only their family or close friends realizing the ordeal they had survived.
Since that time, U.S. military personnel have continued to be deployed to South Korea as protection against aggression from North Korea. The Korea War Veterans Association (KWVA) was formed in 1985 and awarded a Congressional Charter in June 2008, thus finally achieving equal status with other veterans service organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Korean War veterans and Korean Defense Service veterans (those who served in Korea since the armistice and to the present time) are both eligible and welcome to membership in the KWVA.
I encourage all Korean War and Korean Defense Service veterans to visit the KWVA website at www.kwva.org to obtain a membership form or call the national membership office at 1-217-345-4414 for additional information. That office will also advise you of the closest KWVA Chapter.
Garry L. Sink, commander KWVA Indiana Chapter No. 1