The Japanese American Veterans' Association, Inc. (JAVA), is a fraternal and educational organization with many purposes: Preserving and strengthening comradeship among its members;  Perpetuating the memory and history of our departed comrades;  Educating the American public on the Japanese American experience during WWII; and Striving to obtain for veterans the full benefit of their entitlements as veterans.
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National Forum for Asian American and Pacific Islander Military and Veterans to Take Place on December 5

This Arlington, VA, event is hosted by the President's Advisory Committee on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Click here for more information on this day-long event focusing on diversity, equal opportunity, veteran support, and partnership strategies.

Armed Forces Retirement Home,
Washington DC, Now Accepting
New Resident Applications

The premier retirement community for eligible American veterans - is now accepting applications.  AFRH offers residents an affordable lifestyle on a scenic, wooded campus just minutes from downtown Washington, DC – home to museums, monuments, and a host of entertainment, sports and other cultural options.
     Many veterans choose to live at AFRH for the superior medical, dental and vision care offered, with amenities that include: private rooms with a shower, cable TV, three delicious daily meals prepared by licensed nutritionists in our modern dining facility, a wellness program and deluxe fitness center, movie theater, bowling center and hobby shops.
     Services include recreational activities, resident day trips, a full-service library, barber shop, 24 / 7 security, beauty salon, computer center, mailboxes, banking services, campus PX/BX and off-campus shuttle and public transportation.

Persons are eligible to become AFRH residents who:

Served as members of the Armed Forces, at least one-half of whose service was not active commissioned service (other than as a warrant officer or limited-duty officer);

 Are 60 years of age or over; and were discharged or released under honorable conditions with 20 or more years of active service;

Are determined to be incapable of earning a livelihood because of a service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty in the Armed Forces;

Served in a war theater during a time of war declared by Congress or were eligible for hostile fire special pay; were released from service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions; and are determined to be incapable of earning a livelihood because of injuries, disease or disability.

Served in a women’s component of the Armed Forces before June 12, 1948; and are determined to be eligible for admission because of compelling personal circumstances.

     Married couples are welcome, but both must be eligible in their own right.  Veterans who have been convicted of a felony or are not free of drug, alcohol, or psychiatric problems are ineligible to become a resident.
      Veterans must be able to live independently upon admission to the AFRH.  This means being able to care for personal needs, attend a dining facility for meals, and keep all medical appointments.  Fees for independent living are 40 % of total current income (not to exceed $1,425/month).
     For further information or to request an application, visit: https://www.afrh.gov/apply or contact the Office of Public Affairs at: admissions@afrh.gov  1-800-422-9988.

JAVA Awards 13 Scholarships in Memory of VIPs

This September, 13 scholarships were awarded to students from around the country in memory of many beloved JAVA members. The Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship ($5,000) was awarded to Sarah Nakasone (MD). The Founder’s Scholarship ($3,000) in the name of Sunao “Phil” Ishio, the Founder, his wife Constance, and Douglas Ishio, their son, was awarded to Lindsey Sugimoto (CA). JAVA Memorial Scholarships (eleven awards of $1,500 each) in honor of Betty Shima, Bob Nakamoto, Ranger Grant Hirabayashi, Orville Shirey, Dr. Calvin and Betty Taira, Kyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, Kaoru Shimabukuro, Teru and Victor Matsui, CW04 Mitsugi Kasai, Ben Kuroki, and Calvin Ninomiya, were awarded to Allie Akiko Buccino (OR), Alana Buto (VA), Stephen Donald Nishida Choy (HI), Meagan Helton (HI), Emma Jaeger (VA), Ashley Jones (CA), Joe Takuya Matsuzawa (WA), Kayla Lei Muraoka (HI), Jay Michael Narimatsu (HI), Caitlin Takeda (CA), and Gabrielle Michiko Watanabe (TX). Congratulations to all of these fine students!

JAVA Executive Council extends their thanks and appreciation to Bill Houston, Frank Koye, and David “Jon” Dibblee for their outstanding volunteer work on the 2016 scholarship program.

The application period for the 2017 Memorial Scholarships begins in February 2017.

First Glimpse Into Military Intelligence Service (MIS)

Now 70 years after the end of WWII, this is the first time we are aware of that a definitive list of unit and individual awards received by MISers is being created and published. A work-in-progress (WIP), data received from the National Japanese American Historical Society, the MIS Veterans of Hawaii, and other veterans' organizations will be added periodically. Click here for the Introduction to the MIS List of Awards (WIP) and then see the List of MIS Awards (WIP). Please send any additions to Metta at laertesva@yahoo.com, with the name of Veteran as used in WWII, serial number (optional), award (per our list), and reference/source of the award. 

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Upcoming events

    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • Teleconference
    JAVA's Executive Committee quarterly meeting.
    • 10 Nov 2016
    • 20 Nov 2016
    • Miles Memorial Playhouse, Santa Monica CA
    Letters To Eve is a classic story of love, friendship, family, and honor.  This epic WWII musical follows a Japanese American family and their plight through forced incarceration, a black jazz musician captured during Germany's occupation of France, and the powerful spirit of music and literature. JAVA members have been cordially invited to the play at a discounted rate. Please click here to access the online box office for tickets. To read more about "Letters to Eve" click here.
    • 11 Nov 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in WWII

    Please join us as we honor our veterans with a ceremony and wreath-laying at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in WWII. Co-sponsored by the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, The Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors, and the Japanese American Citizens League.

    • 14 Jan 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church VA

    Join us for our quarterly luncheon. 

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