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Goodwill Gifts

The criteria followed by the KWVA National Board in giving "Goodwill Gifts" is unknown by the general membership or the Korean War Educator. Presumably, the gifts are first cleared through the Finance Committee and then brought before the national directors for board approval. However, whether this is standard procedure or not is unclear.

The KWVA has given money to assist Amerasian children, provide scholarships, purchase memorial wreaths, support Gold Star Mothers, and more. What scanty information that is available about this practice of distributing money from the Korean War Veterans Associationís treasury to various entities has been reconstructed for this website from notations found in the Graybeards magazine. In the May/June 2002 issue, the board president, Harley Coon, said, "As long as I am President your money will be used for the benefit of KWVA members" (see p. 21). Some goodwill gifts (such as money given to the Miami Valley Express baseball team in the Dayton, Ohio area), have caused members to question how certain goodwill gift were "used for the benefit of KWVA members." Also, it is a fact that some goodwill gifts were given to organizations in which individual national KWVA directors had direct ties.

The Korean War Educator will publish a complete list of the goodwill gifts and expound on the worthiness of each of them should such a list be forthcoming from the leadership of the Korean War Veterans Association. Until then, the following KWE-constructed list of Goodwill Gifts is all that is available for public perusal.

Goodwill Gifts:

May/June 2003 Graybeards, page 11 - Reference to Goodwill #1 ($200.00) and Goodwill #2 ($1,000.00). Goodwill #1 was listed as "Flag Pins, Name Tags, Etc." Goodwill #2 was listed as "Scholarships."

March/April 2003 Graybeards, page 13 - Reference to Goodwill #1 ($1,117.90); Goodwill #2 ($00.00); Goodwill #3 ($00.00); Goodwill #4 ($00.00); Goodwill #5 ($00.00); Goodwill #6 ($9,000.00); Goodwill #7 ($00.00); Goodwill #8 ($00.00). Goodwill #1 is "Flag Pins, Name Tags, Etc." Goodwill #2 = "US Korea 2000 Foundation." Goodwill #3 = "Arizona Memorial Wreath." Goodwill #4 = "Miami Valley Express Advertisement." Goodwill #5 = "Joseph House." Goodwill #6 = "Scholarships." Goodwill #7 = "MACK Children." Goodwill #8 = "Gold Star Mother."

November/December 2002 Graybeards, page 11 - Reference to Goodwill #1 ($1,355.50); Goodwill #2 ($10,000.00); Goodwill #3 ($00.00); Goodwill #4 ($00.00); Goodwill #5 ($500.00); Goodwill #6 ($00.00); and Goodwill #7 ($00.00). Goodwill #1 is listed as "Flag Pins, Name Tags, Etc." Goodwill #2 = "US Korea 2000 Foundation." Goodwill #3 = "Arizona Memorial Wreath." Goodwill #4 = "Miami Valley Express Advertisement." Goodwill #5 = "Joseph House." Goodwill #6 = "MACK Children." Goodwill #7 = "Gold Star Mother."

July/August 2002 Graybeards, page 9 - Reference to Goodwill #1 ($625.00); Goodwill #2 ($00.00); Goodwill #3 ($00.00); Goodwill #4 ($300.00); Goodwill #5 ($5,400.00); Goodwill #6 ($2,000.00). Goodwill #1 is listed as "Flag Pins, Name Tags, Etc." Goodwill #2 - "US Korea 2000 Foundation." Goodwill #3 = "Arizona Memorial Wreath." Goodwill #4 = "Miami Valley Express Advertisement." Goodwill #5 = "MACK Children." Goodwill #6 = "Gold Star Mother."

May/June 2002 Graybeards, page 6 - Reference to Goodwill Gifts for the 12 months ended December 31, 2001: Goodwill - "Tuscola School District" = $250.00; Goodwill - "Gifts/Flowers" = $770.22; Goodwill - "Badges" = $48.00; Goodwill - "Scholarships" = $10,000.00; Goodwill - "MACK-Children" = $5,400.00; Goodwill - "2000 KWVA Foundation" = $5,000.00; Goodwill - "KWVA Museum" = $3,500.00; Goodwill - "Gold Star Mothers" = $5,000.00.

May/June 2002 Graybeards, page 7 - Reference to Goodwill Gifts for the three months ended March 31, 2002: Goodwill - "Flag Pins" = $160.00; Goodwill - "US Korea 2000 Foundation" = $10,000.00; Goodwill - "Arizona Memorial Wreath" = $100.00.


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