Korean MemorialKorean War & Korea Defense Service Veterans, Lake Co. (FL), Chapter 169















CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION, INC.

Section 1. Qualifications of Members. 

Membership in this Association shall consist of Regular, Associate and Honorary Members.  No person shall be excluded from membership because of race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, or physical or mental disability, as long as the individual meets the criteria of service requirements as stipulated below.  Only Regular Members as defined in A. below have a vote in Association or Department matters.

A. Regular Members.

1. Service in the United States Armed Forces.  Any person who has seen honorable service in any of the Armed Forces of the United States, defined as Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard is eligible for membership if:

a. Said service was within Korea including territorial waters and airspace at any time from September 3, 1945 to Present, or

b. Said service was outside of Korea June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955.

2. Medal of Honor. Any Medal of Honor recipient, so honored for service during the Korean War is eligible for life membership.  A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form below] must be provided for approval.

3. Prisoner of War. Any person held as a prisoner of war by the North Koreans, Chinese, or Russian forces during and after hostilities from June 25, 1950 forward is eligible for life membership.  A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form below] must be provided for approval.

4. Gold Star Parents. Any person whose son/daughter was killed in action, or was missing in action, or died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War is eligible for life membership.  A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form below] must be provided for approval.

5. Gold Star Spouses. Any person whose spouse was killed in action, missing in action, or died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War is eligible for life membership.  A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form below] must be provided for approval.

 B. Associate Members.

Any person with a legitimate interest in the affairs of this Association and who wishes to support its aims, and not being eligible for Regular membership and who agrees to accept the terms and conditions set forth in the charter and bylaws shall be eligible for associate membership in the Association.  A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form below] must be provided for approval.

 C. Honorary Members.  

Any person of good character may be elected as Honorary Member by vote by the Board of Directors.  A signed statement of their eligibility for membership [Application Form below] must be provided for approval.

 D. Ineligible.

Any person who has been separated from the service of the Armed Forces of the United States, or the United Nations Command, or the Republic of Korea under conditions other than honorable shall be ineligible for membership in this Association.