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Korean War & Korea Service Veterans Association
Richard Countryman Chapter

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OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM
CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION

Section 1. Qualifications of Members. Membership in this Association shall consist of Regular, Associate and Honorary Members. No person shall be excluded from membership because of race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, or physical or mental disability, as long as the individual meets the criteria of service requirements as stipulated below. Only regular members as defined in A. below have a vote in Chapter matters.

A. Regular Members.

  1. Service in the United States Armed Forces. Any person who has seen honorable service in any of the Armed Forces of the United States, defined as Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, is eligible for membership if:
    a. Said service was within Korea including territorial waters and airspace at any time, September 3, 1945 to present, or
    b. Said service was outside of Korea, June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955.
  2. MEDAL OF HONOR. Any Medal of Honor recipient, so honored for service during the Korean War is eligible for life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership must be provided for approval.
  3. PRISONER OF WAR. Any person held as a prisoner of war by the North Koreans, Chinese, or Russian forces during and after hostilities from June 25, 1950 forward is eligible for life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership must be provided for approval.
  4. UNITED NATIONS COMMAND and KOREAN ARMED FORCES. Any person who served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United Nations Command or the Republic of Korea Armed Forces during the Korean War era and thereafter is eligible for membership. However, UN/Korean membership of the association may not exceed 10% of the total membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership must be provided for approval.
  5. GOLD STAR PARENTS. Any parent whose son/daughter was killed in action, missing in action, or died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War (June 25, 1950 to the present) is eligible for life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership must be provided for approval.
  6. GOLD STAR SPOUSES. Any person whose spouse was killed in action, missing in action, or died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War is eligible for life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership must be provided for approval.

B. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. Any person with a legitimate interest in the affairs of this Association and who wishes to support its aims and not being eligible for Regular Membership and who agrees to accept the terms and conditions set forth in the Charter and bylaws shall be eligible for Associate Membership in the Association. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership must be provided for approval.

C. HONORARY MEMBERS. Any person of good character may be elected as Honorary Member by vote of the Board of Directors. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership must be provided for approval.

D. INELIGIBLE. Any person who has been separated from the service of the Armed Forces of the United States, of the United Nations Command of the Republic of Korea under conditions other than honorable shall be ineligible for membership in this Association.

CERTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR KWVA MEMBERSHIP

In addition to completing the KWVA membership form, persons who make application for membership and qualify under one of the categories listed below, are required to fill in the appropriate blanks.

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[ ] MEDAL OF HONOR: I am a recipient of the Medal of Honor for service during the Korean War the date on which it was awarded was: Month ____ Day ____ Year ________

[ ] EX-POW: I was held as a Prisoner of War at some time during the period June 25, 1950 to the present: From Month ____ Day ____ Year ________

[ ] UN COMMAND/KOREAN ARMED FORCES: I served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United Nations Command or in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces during the Korean war era and therefore I am eligible for membership: From Month ____ Day ____ Year ________

[ ] GOLD STAR PARENT: I am the parent of: Name:___________________. Who was [ ] killed in action, [ ] missing in action or [ ] died as a prisoner of war on: Month ____ Day ____ Year ________

[ ] GOLD STAR SPOUSE: I am the spouse of: Name:___________________. Who was [ ] killed in action, [ ] missing in action or [ ] died as a prisoner of war on: Month ____ Day ____ Year ________

[ ] ASSOCIATE: I have a legitimate interest in the affairs of the Korean War Veterans Association and agree to accept the terms and conditions set forth in it's charter and bylaws. I do not qualify to be a Regular member.

[ ] HONORARY: I was elected as an Honorary Member of the KWVA by a vote of the Board of Directors on: Month ____ Day ____ Year ________


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