Korean War and Korea Defense Service Veterans Association, Inc. 
Department of Florida (DoF)

Recruitment and Membership

If you have EVER honorably served in Korea as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or served outside of Korea June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955, you qualify to be a Regular Member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.

Membership in the KWVA consists of Honorary Members, Regular Members, and Associate Members. No person is excluded from membership because of race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, or physical or mental disability, so long as the individual meets the service requirements.

The Department of Florida, Korean War Veterans Association cordially extends you an invitation to join the KWVA if you meet the membership criteria listed below.

Joining is easy. Just fill out a Membership Application (PDF Files) and send it, along with the correct dues amount, to:

  • KWVA Membership Office, PO Box 407, Charleston, IL  61920-0407

Dues are:

  • Annual Regular Member: $25.00
  • Annual Associate Member: $16.00

Lifetime Regular Member:

  • Ages up to and through 35 years of age: $600
  • Ages 36 through 50 years of age: $450
  • Ages 51 through 65 years of age: $300
  • Ages 66 years of age and older: $150

Please make checks payable to: The Korean War Veterans Association.

Membership Criteria:

Regular Members.

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.

Medal of Honor.

Any KWVA Member, who is a Medal of Honor recipient, is eligible for free life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form page 2] must be provided for approval.

Prisoner of War.

Any person held as a prisoner of war by the North Koreans, Chinese, or Russian forces during and after the period of hostilities from June 25, 1950 forward is eligible for free life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form page 2] must be provided for approval.

Gold Star Parents.

Any parent whose son/daughter was killed in action, or was missing in action, or died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War (June 25, 1950 to the present) is eligible for free life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form page 2] must be provided for approval.

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 (June 25, 1950 to the present) is eligible for free life membership. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form page 2] must be provided for approval.  

Associate Members.

Must not be eligible for Regular membership. 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 KWVA Charter and its Bylaws and Standard Procedure Manual (hereinafter referred to as SPM), shall be eligible for Associate Membership in the Association. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form page 2] must be provided for approval.  

Honorary Members.

Any person of good character may be elected as Honorary Member by vote by the Board of Directors. A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form page 2] must be provided for approval.   Ineligible. Any person who has been separated from the service of the Armed Forces of the United States under conditions other than honorable shall be ineligible for membership in this Association.

Membership Application  (PDF Files)