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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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

    • 15 Oct 2016
    • 11:30 AM
    • Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church VA

    To register for our quarterly luncheon, please click button below. If you would like to pay at the door, please call Beth Kelley at 240-997-5556 or email Metta at laertesva@yahoo.com to put your name on the guest list.

    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • Teleconference
    JAVA's Executive Committee quarterly meeting.
    • 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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