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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JACL National Convention to be held in Washington, DC

Marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the unjust incarceration of 120,000 Japanese American citizens during WWII, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is holding their national convention  on July 6-9 in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Early Bird Registration Deadline is approaching on Sunday, June 4th. Register at  https://jacl.org/2017convention/ to secure your spot at a discounted price. The hotel also has discounted rooms available: BOOK NOW.

JAVA Announces New Board Leadership

The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) is pleased to announce that the membership recently elected a new slate of officers and welcomed two new officers. Leading the JAVA Executive Council is newly elected president, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Allen Goshi, USA-Ret. LTC Mark Nakagawa, USA-Ret and COL George Ishikata, USARet were re-elected to be vice president and treasurer, respectively. CPT Wade Ishimoto, USARet, and former president and vice president was elected to be secretary.

After thanking past president Mike Cardarelli and the leadership team for their work of the past few years, Goshi said “I have three commitments to our membership: 1) Dedicate myself to faithfully and diligently serve JAVA and its members; 2) Move forward and communicate with members as we conduct business; and 3) Collaboratively develop an assessment of our situation, a strategic plan aligned with JAVA’s purpose, and follow through on that vision.”. He also emphasized the need to respect JAVA’s past as we “continue to build on the legacy of our Greatest Generation, such JAVA’s founder, COL Phil Ishio, and others, like MG Bert Mizusawa, who have kept JAVA on a trajectory of modernization and improvement over the past 25 years.”

The elected officers will serve a two-year term. To see full press release and photo, click here.


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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