West Virginia KWVA Concerns
According to the Editorial Page of
the West Virginia Department of the Korean War Veterans Association, Korean War veterans in West Virginia
are concerned about the problems within the KWVA at the national level. Chet Fleming, life member of the
KWVA and Chapter 146 (Mountaineer Chapter, Charleston, West Virginia) gives editorial comments about the
problems at the web site of the WVKWVA.
At the 2002 meeting of the West Virginia KWVA chapters, Fleming made a motion to have the West Virginia
KWVA chapters withdraw from the KWVA. "The purpose of the motion was to allow discussion of what I view as
serious problems within. After the discussion I joined most of you in voting down my motion. I regret to
report that the concerns that I voiced last year that the concerns that I voiced last year have increased
and there now seems to be an open rebellion against the present officers and national board members. It is
my belief most of the problems have grown out of how KWVA is organized and operates."
"I reported to you how disappointed I was when I visited what was supposed to be the KWVA national
office. Several of you were present when we invited President Coon to our 2001 WV KWVA Conference. We
received no satisfactory answers or response to our questions or suggestions. It was my conclusion that each
individual could retain individual membership in KWVA and that West Virginia Korean War Veterans could
better grow without being a part of KWVA. But to drop out would further weaken a ineffective national group.
I know of no benefit to the state departments and individual chapters derived from national affiliation. The
Graybeards magazine is worth the individual national membership and dues."
"Unfortunately KWVA has not been able to obtain congressional recognition as a veterans association. It
is doubtful that this will happen with current rebellion under way. There are a lot of very serious and
vicious charges being made against the leadership of KWVA. I do not associate myself with much of this
rancor. However I do not see how the present leadership can solve the very real problems of KWVA. History
would suggest that this posting could place the authors membership in jeopardy. Present leadership has in
the past ejected past presidents and national directors for dissent."
[KWE Editorís Note: According to WVKWVA, the remainder of this editorial is under
construction on the WVKWVA website.]