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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Nominations for JAVA Officers: Want to become more involved in JAVA?

Nominations are being accepted for the biennial election of officers. The positions are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Nominations may be sent by email to javapotomac@gmail.com before midnight, December 15, 2016, or by mail (postmarked before midnight, 12/15/16) to

          Chair, Nominations Committee
          P.O. Box 341198
          Bethesda, MD 20827

Please note that JAVA does not reimburse travel expenses for meetings. The nomination committee will send further information to the nominee. Questions may be addressed to Michael J. Yaguchi at Michael.j.yaguchi@icloud.com or 703-340-9305.

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.

"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.

Twice Heroes Available to JAVA Members at Discount

Tom Graves's award-winning book is available for holiday gift-giving at a discount. Simply go to www.twiceheroes.com and use the code JAVA to order books at discount. The author says, "I hope JAVA members will take advantage of the discount to give books to their children and grandchildren, and donate books to their local schools and libraries."

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

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

    Join us for our quarterly luncheon. 

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

    Join us for our quarterly luncheon. 

    • 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.

    • 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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