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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The JAVA Luncheon on March 18th will also serve as JAVA’s annual/general membership meeting and election of officers in accordance with JAVA By-laws (Article IV and VI). COL Mike Cardarelli (Ret) is up for re-election as President;
LTC Mark Nakagawa (Ret) is up for re-election as Vice-President. 

75th Anniversary of EO 9066 at the Smithsonian Institution

On Sunday, February 19, from 1 pm to 3 pm, the National Museum of American History is marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by opening a year-long exhibit, Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, and celebrating national high-school digital storytellers with a forum discussing the effects of the Order. Click here for more information.

"Asian Americans Swore Allegiance to Protect the Constitution Then and Now"

Excellent article from Arthur Mondale, staff writer for the Pentagram, on our Veterans Day ceremony can be found here.

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

    • 18 Mar 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church VA

    Join us for our Annual meeting and quarterly luncheon, featuring the new director of the Asian Pacific American Center at the Smithsonian Institution, Ms. Lisa Sasaki. 

    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 9:30 AM
    • National Japanese American Memorial

    Join us for the 19th annual Freedom Walk, a celebration of the Japanese American experience in the setting of the beautiful cherry blossoms of Washington, DC. The event starts with speakers and concludes with a walk to the National Mall and back.

    No preregistration is required. Donations will be taken onsite.

    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • The Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood, at M Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE. This location is right next to the Navy Yards-Ballpark Metro stop on the Green Line.

    57th Annual Japanese Street Festival. Come to this free, open-air festival which includes music, food, artisans, performers, martial arts, and local Japanese-related organizations (including JAVA!).

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 11:30 AM
    • Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church VA

    Join us for our quarterly luncheon. 

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

    Join us for our quarterly luncheon. 

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