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 Celebrates
Armed Services Day

President Harry S Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. (http://afd.defense.gov/) It is celebrated on May 20.

The Ohio State University Names Residence Hall in Honor of John Hideo Houston

Columbus, Ohio.  On 4 November 2016, The Ohio State University dedicated their newest eight story co-ed residence hall in John Hideo Houston’s memory.  Houston was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1949 but moved to the United States in 1965 with his family, including his younger brother, JAVA Founding Member, Bill Houston.

Houston House is one of several buildings honoring Ohio State veterans.  Houston, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, died at age 34 after his helicopter crashed during training exercises in inclement weather in 1984 near Pohang, Korea.

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The Soldier Experience Series
Asian-Pacific Islander Americans:
Citizenship and Service
to the Nation

  Introduction by
General Eric K. Shinseki, USA-Ret.

Reception and Exhibit
May 25, 2017
5:30 PM
AUSA Conference and Event Center
2425 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Seating is limited.


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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