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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on March 19th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Subsidized Travel Available this Year for Korean War Veterans

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I have mentioned this before but here is some further details about how the Korean government is subsidizing travel and accommodations for Korean War veterans wanting to visit South Korea this year:

The Korean War Veterans Association, a national organization of American veterans of the war in Korea, would like to remind veterans of that war that the Republic of Korea has been subsidizing visits to the country for the veterans and their families since 1975. It is the South Korea government’s way to thank the veterans for their sacrifices in saving the nation from communism.

The Korean government pays for hotel accommodations, meals and in-country tours. Beginning in June 2010 the Republic of Korea government is planning to subsidize airfares for veterans and family members.

The Republic of Korea government is also planning to host five commemorations of important events of the war. The dates of the commemorations are not finalized but they include: the Invasion Anniversary, June 25; Pusan Perimeter; Inchon Landing; the Liberation of Seoul; and the Northern Winter Campaign of 1950.

Korean War veterans are advised to register for the events early because applications will be processed and trips awarded on a first come, first served basis. There is not guarantee that all applicants will be awarded a trip, so the earlier a Korean War veteran applies the better.

For more information, call (800) 722-9501 or (703) 590-1295. The webite is: or To request a brochure e-mail the Revisit Coordinator at

I really hope Korean War veterans take advantage of this opportunity.  So if you know a Korean War veteran spread the word to them to take advantage of this great program being offered by the Korean government.

  • kushibo
    12:58 pm on March 19th, 2010 1

    Good on the ROK government for doing this.

    I've long thought that Korean War veterans deserved automatic F-series visas to stay in Korea and work if they wished.

  • Tom
    9:28 pm on March 19th, 2010 2


  • ChickenHead
    11:24 pm on March 19th, 2010 3

    Shame, Tom…

    Nobody (that counts) will see this as anything but thoughtfulness on the part of the Korean government to show appreciation to the old men who sacrificed time and blood to build the foundation of Korea's present-day success.

    It is likely that any veteran who takes advantage of this program will return to America thinking it may have been worth it…

    …unless he meets you, that is.

  • JohnT
    3:51 am on March 20th, 2010 4


  • kushibo
    4:16 am on March 20th, 2010 5

    Tom, shame on you. You bashed about something happening before it even had a chance to happen.

    JohnT, shame on you. You link a self-serving post that is fraught with its own bigotry and misinformation (that South Koreans don't blame their own government and society for loads of crap going on in the country), treating very troubling events of the past as if they're happening now. Indeed, while admonishing "the Korean public to please understand that it is unfair to blame every Westerner, it is unfair to blame every American, and it is unfair to blame every individual in the military. We are all different," it goes on to imply boycotts against Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, and LG.

    This is a post about recognizing the contribution of Korean War vets and doing some good by them. Shame on you both for using this as a chance to get your digs in.

    It's not my blog, but I hope GI Korea will step in and demand on-topic responses only on this one. I'd like for the people for whom this might be good news or useful information to be able to come here and talk about what the frickin' post is actually about.

    (Otherwise there's the risk of things like this case, where a post on the brutal murder of a woman was a chance to out a long-time poster for sexual peccadilloes that were nobody else's business.)

  • kushibo
    4:17 am on March 20th, 2010 6

    Hear! Hear!

  • Dwight J
    9:17 am on October 13th, 2013 7

    Hi ,
    I am trying to gain some more info on the travel to Korea for the families. My uncle and I are the last of our family that actually cares about what happened.
    Our great uncle Blaine was shot down on Black Tuesday. We have been trying to get some more information for my mom , who was very close to him.
    We have also been trying to get everything together to make a trip over to Korea and see the areas he might have been in. Mom can’t travel any more, but is it possible that my uncle and I could join in a tour even though our uncle Blaine is deceased? Any thing you could tell me would be great. The airfare is the difficult part as I am sure you are aware.


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