KDVA’s Dinner with ROK Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

KDVA’s Dinner with ROK Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

February 20, 2020

The Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA) was invited to a dinner hosted by the Republic of Korea’s Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs on February 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.  Minister Park, Sam-Duck hosted this dinner for KDVA Board members to discuss KDVA’s role in advancing and supporting the ROK-U.S. Alliance and several ROK-U.S. topics related to the 70th Commemoration of the Korean War.  Minister Park was impressed by the scope and variety of activities that KDVA will host or support in 2020 that include:

  • 70th Commemoration of Korean War in Korea and United States (25 June 2020)
  • Armistice Day Commemorations in DC (27 July 2020)
  • ROK-U.S. Alliance Seminars & Forums in Korea (Summer 2020)
  • Education Conferences for Junior Enlisted / NCOs / Officers in Korea (Spring/Fall 2020)
  • 2020 CFC Former Commander/Deputy Commander Forum in DC (TBD)
  • 2020 KDVA-KUSAF Honors Night in DC (Oct 2020)
  • Meet & Greets in DC (Quarterly, next event is on February 28th at 5:00 p.m. in the Old Korean Legation Building)
  • AUSA Hot Topics on ROK-U.S. Alliance in DC

The Minister and KDVA leaders also discussed the possibility of expanding the current Korean War Veterans Revisit to Korea Program to include veterans who served after the signing of the Armistice Agreement on July 27, 1953.  This expansion would broaden South Korea’s deep appreciation for the millions of U.S. Service Members who have and continue to support and defend the South Korean people for almost seven decades.


Senior leaders in attendance were (from left) LTG (Ret.) JD Johnson (KDVA Board member),  LTG (Ret.) Bernard Champoux (KDVA Board member), SGM (Ret.) Troy Welch (KDVA Board member), MPVA Minister Park, Sam-Duck, GEN (Ret.) Walter Sharp (KDVA Chairman and President), MPVA Director General Lee, Seong Choon, and COL (Ret.) Steve Lee (KDVA Senior VP of Operations).  KDVA thanked the Minister for his great support of veterans in South Korea and the United States.

Minister Park is in Washington, DC to meet with U.S. government officials and veterans organizations before the 70th Commemoration of the Korean War this summer.

KDVA is the premier association that supports and advocates for the people who built the Alliance and continue to serve it in U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command.  KDVA is a 501C(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Virginia.  Please contact KDVA at, visit, and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@KDVAvets).

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