are a national organization of former and current armed forces members having served, or
currently serving, in the Republic of Korea.
lead the fight during the cease-fire period to end almost half a century of
lack of respect and
lack of proper recognition by the Pentagon and the UN for historically hostile and
dangerous service begun 28 July 1954.
initiated, implemented, and coordinated the plan that led to
the successful passing of Bills in Congress to award of the Korea Defense Service
Medal and Korea Defense Combat Recognition.
We are the organization of record with Congress. No
other veterans organization can truthfully make this claim.
are Occupation Forces, Korean War, and Cease-fire veterans
dedicated to our fallen brothers and sisters from every era.
are Occupation Force veterans whose service is
"UNKNOWN" to most
are Korean War veterans who served in the "FORGOTTEN
are Cease-fire veterans whose true service history is "LOST",
"DENIED", or "UNRECORDED."
veterans deployed to a combat zone
under a state-of-war along the most heavily fortified border in the
world with constant imminent danger for a longer duty
tour than any operation prior to the War on Terrorism.
veterans who are recipients of more hostile acts than any
deployment prior to the War on Terrorism except for Vietnam.
veterans who are recipients of more KIA, WIA, and POW than any
operation prior to the War on Terrorism except for Vietnam.
were caught in a
double-standard regarding campaign/service medal awards and combat recognition
for 51 years of the cease-fire period.
are all loyal Americans who are proud of our service to Our Nation.
are all loyal Americans who are proud to have served in
defense of the Republic of Korea and in the cause
of Freedom as part of the United Nations Command during the 50
plus years of United Nations efforts to bring a final end to
the war and reunify the Koreas as a free and democratic people.
mission is to bring respect, recognition and prestige to
every member of the Armed Forces previously or currently stationed on
occupation duty or in defense of the Republic of Korea since the end
of World War II.
honor and perpetuate the memory of U.S. Armed Forces members who have distinguished themselves by their service and supreme sacrifice during
the Occupation, War, and prolonged Korea cease-fire, and to bring public awareness to their deeds.
To do our part in bringing home our POW/MIA's.
consolidate and broaden the invisible bonds of comradeship fused by
service during war, and service under constant imminent danger without recognition, and to preserve
those bonds common to Korea service veterans.
Organization shall not engage in any partisan political activities,
or give political sway.
No political favors or remuneration
shall accrue to the benefit of any individual member.
Organization will not solicit monies, or budget monies, for any
lobbying organization or activities under any conditions whatsoever.
Organization shall not engage in any profit making activities, and
no favors, profits or earnings shall accrue to its benefit
The KOREA DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
(KDSM) is a new campaign/service medal that
became effective on 2 December 2002 when President G.W. Bush
signed the National Defense Authorization FY 2003.
The Korea Defense Veterans of
America, a national veterans organization, started the grass
roots movement in 1999 to create and award this medal.
A resolution was created and it was used to petition
the Defense Department to create and award all former and
current armed forces personnel that served in the Republic of
Korea between 28 July 1954 and a date to be determined with
and deserved medal.
Read (KDSM Resolution, Click
Here). Read (Proposed
description, Click Here)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of
the United States and the American Legion created Resolutions
No. 459 and No. 68 respectively, at the National level, to
award the Korea Defense Service Medal. See below for
Representative Elton Gallegly
(R-CA 24th) submitted House Bill, H.R.1935, THE
KOREA DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL ACT on 22 May 2001.
This bill instructed the Secretary of Defense to create
and award the KDSM to members of all service branches that
served in the R.O.K. FROM 28 July 1954 to a date to be
determined by the SECDEF.
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
submitted Senate Bill, S.999, a companion bill on 7 June 2001.
This bill also instructed the Secretary of Defense to
create and award the KDSM to members of all service branches
that served in the R.O.K. from 28 July 1954 to a date to be
determined by the SECDEF.
The Bill text can be read on
this web site. (Read
the Bill, Click Here).
Recognition: The KDVA
wishes to thank the following VFW and American Legion Posts
and Departments for initiating and supporting resolutions within their
respective National organizations:
Memorial VFW Post 5479, Dunellen, NJ - KDSM Resolution No. 1
VFW Department of New Jersey - KDSM Resolution No. 459
Wallace Chafee VFW Post 1679, Ventura, CA - KDSM Resolution
VFW Department of California - KDSM Resolution No. 464
VFW Department of Michigan - KDSM Resolution No. 469
American Legion Department of Maryland - KDSM Resolution No.
DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
green represents the land of Korea, blue indicates overseas
service and commitment to achieving peace.
Gold denotes excellence, white symbolizes idealism and
bronze-color disc bearing a Korean "circle dragon"
within an encircling scroll inscribed "Korea Defense Service
Medal" with, in base, two sprigs, laurel to dexter side,
bamboo to sinister.
four-clawed dragon is a traditional symbol of Korea and represents
intelligence and strength of purpose.
The sprig of laurel denotes honorable endeavor and victory,
the bamboo refers to Asia.
representation of the land mass of Korea surmounted by two swords
points up saltirewise within a circlet garnished of five points.
Symbolism: The swords
placed saltirewise over a map of Korea signify defense of freedom
in that country and the readiness to engage in combat to that end.
The circlet enclosing the device recalls the forms of
five-petal symbols common in Korean armory.