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Upcoming deadline for Korean War Veterans Ambassador Peace Medal

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, along with county/tribal veteran service officers, are submitting another master list to the Republic of Korea for those veterans who missed the previous 2015 application deadline.

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, along with county/tribal veteran service officers, are submitting another master list to the Republic of Korea for those veterans who missed the previous 2015 application deadline.

The new deadline is Feb. 29.

This medal is from the Republic of Korea to honor and show appreciation to those individuals who answered the call of duty and gave them democracy and freedom. The Ambassador Peace Medal is for Korean War veterans who sacrificed for Korea's democracy and freedom, and is aimed at expressing the Korean government's gratitude and respect to them.

The Republic of Korea does not know who all served during this conflict, and this is why the veteran or next of kin needs to apply for this medal. This medal is not issued by the U.S. government, so it will not be automatically issued to the veteran.

To be eligible for the Ambassador Peace Medal, Korean War vets had to serve in the Korean theater of war from June 25, 1950, through Oct. 25, 1954.

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Veterans that served during this time frame are encouraged to contact their local county or tribal VSO for an application. Widows, widowers and/or the next of kin can also apply for this medal on behalf of their deceased Korean War veteran. The veteran, or next of kin on behalf of the veteran, will need a copy (preferably certified) of the veteran's DD214 form, as well.

"Our Korean War veterans are a great, tough, honorable generation," said Larry Zimmerman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. "We will continue to seek out those Korean War heroes for recognition, assistance and, at the very least, a "thank you" for their service."

For more information, please contact a county/tribal veterans service officer.

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