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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2017 Scholarship Season is Here!

Click here to go to our Opportunities page for details.

Notice to All 442nd RCT, 100th Bn, and MIS Veterans:

Jeff Morita, a retired US Army Sergeant First Class and a Department of the Army civilian (total 39 years), has filed applications for 13 100th Battalion and 442nd RCT veterans to obtain the National Order of the Legion of Honor, a prestigious medal conferred by the Government of France.

Any American who served in France during WWII for its liberation may apply for this award. The French Government processing time is approximately one year. The Legion of Honor is the highest award France confers to foreign nationals. A veteran must be
living to apply.

Morita, as a public service, is pleased to advise or do the paperwork free of charge for any qualified 100th or 442nd veteran. His only request is that the recipient of the Legion of Honor
advise him after the award is received.

Send an email to Jeff Morita at jeff_kine_57@icloud.com.

75th Anniversary of EO 9066 at the Smithsonian Institution

On Sunday, February 19, 2017, the National Museum of American History marked 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." Over 400 visitors attended the discussion forum that day.

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

Go For Broke Essay, Poetry, and
Video Contest

Go For Broke National Education Center is sponsoring a Student Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest that is open to high school (grades 9-12) and college (undergraduate and graduate) students. Cash prizes will be awarded to a total of twelve winners:

  • $1,000 (each) to the top six winners
  • $200 (each) to the six second prize winners of each category
  • All winners will receive two complimentary tickets to attend our 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner on September 23rd at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. At this gala dinner, the winners will be able to meet the Japanese American WWII veterans whose stories they researched!

See their flyer here.

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