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.
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.