Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Korean War Veterans to be Honored

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – Korean War veterans living at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home will be honored this week in a ceremony to be attended by a representative of the Republic of Korea.

Bok-ryeol Rhyou, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Korea, will be on hand Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. in the home’s dining room, to thank Korean War veterans for their service and distribute copies of Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth.

The brief ceremony will also feature remarks by Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home Executive Director Charles Esposito and Georgia Department of Veterans Service Assistant Commissioner Mike Roby. A reception will follow.

Korea Reborn was commissioned by the Republic of Korea, in cooperation with the United States, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Military Armistice Agreement. Copies of the limited edition hardcover printing of the book are available free to Korean War veterans while supplies last. The department of veterans service has a few additional copies of the book, which are available to Korean War veterans or family, and a free ebook edition is available.

An estimated 75,000 Georgians served during the Korean War and approximately 58,000 Korean War veterans live in Georgia today.

Humanitarian Crisis of Veterans 

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is holding a series of veteran-focused events throughout the month of August while he is in Georgia for the month-long work period. No other issues was discussed, not even the prospect of sending more troops to Iraq or elsewhere while the US veterans are battling crisis after crisis in the homeland.

Isakson is meeting with officials at four of Georgia’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities located in Atlanta, Augusta, Dublin and Hinesville. The public town hall meeting in Augusta was intense during the one hour dedicated to the veterans and their care.

The public and media are invited to attend the last veteran-focused town hall meeting:

Liberty County
Friday, September 5, 2014
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hinesville City Hall
115 East M.L. King, Jr. Drive, Hinesville, Ga. 31313

Isakson, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has made it a priority in Congress to ensure the nation’s veterans are given the care and support they deserve once they have returned home from the battlefield. Most recently, he worked diligently as a Senate negotiator to reach a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 that will improve care for veterans at VA health care facilities across the country, according to a press release.

In the Senate, Isakson has taken an active role in helping shine a light on the VA’s problems, including holding a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing at the Atlanta VA health care facility in August 2013.

At the end of the hearing in Augusta one veteran stated that the Vetaran Administration system must change. Just talking over and over about the problems we already know won’t do much to improve anything, he added.

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