Gift of Gratitude from Korean Industries and Government

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Veterans Commission invites all Wyoming Korean War veterans to participate in a nationwide presentation of a gift from the Korean government and industries, a hardbound, 160-page coffee-table book entitled Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of

Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 2.09.32 PMThe book was produced to cap the three-year Korean War 60th Commemorative period, with 2013 decreed by the United States Congress as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran.” Funding for the large-scale gift was provided by an alliance of South Korean public and private sectors, led by the Ministry of Patriot and Veterans Affairs and the Federation of Korean Industries.

The Federation of Korean Industries chose to become the funding source behind the largest gift of its kind to ever be presented to all veterans of a designated war period.

“I fully agree that this project is worthwhile to pursue for the sake of strengthening the U.S.-Korea relationship,” expresses Mr. Jin Haeng Chung, President of the Hyundai Motor Group based in Seoul. “We hope this opportunity will help to strengthen the alliance and cooperation between our two countries.”

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are about 4,497 Korean War Era veterans living in Wyoming. The Wyoming Veterans Commission received 1,000 of the books. Books will be distributed on a regional basis on a first come, first served basis. Due to the limited quantity of books, only living Korean War Veterans will receive the book.

Local Distribution

There will be a presentation and keynote address for Fremont County’s Korean Veterans on Thursday, Dec. 12th from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Fremont County Branch Library’s Community Room in Riverton. The local presentation to Korean Veterans is hosted by the Wyoming Veteran’s Commission, Lori McGee State Service Officer and Pat Lawson, WVC Commissioner. A keynote address at the presentation will be delivered by Don Ryan, USMC, Veteran, and Silver Star Recipiant.

All Fremont County Korean War Veterans are encouraged to attend the event, enjoy the fellowship and receive the book: KOREAN REBORN, as your gift. Lawson also suggested Korean Vets “pass the word to your known Korean veterans.”  If anyone is unable to attend please call: Lori McGee: 307-438-2101 or Pat Lawson: 307-851-7400.

Long referred to as “the forgotten war” by historians and veterans, the Korean War was more in the public’s focus this past year because of the anniversary and also because veterans from that era are dying.

Remember My Service (RMS) Productions, a Division of StoryRock, Inc. based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the producer and publisher of the commemorative documentary and book entitled Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth.

To see an online version of the book, click here. 

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For more information, contact the Wyoming Veterans Commission at 307-777-8152.

State of Wyoming Military Department
Office of the Adjutant General
5410 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009-3320

Regional contacts are listed below.

Mr. Brian Yeager, State Veterans Service Officer 307-696-5048 Campbell, Weston, Crook Counties
Ms. Vicki Richards, State Veterans Service Officer 307-214-2112 Albany and Carbon Counties
Mr. Bob Stall, State Veterans Service Officer 307-274-7747 Platte and Goshen Counties
Mr. Dean Mahaffey and Ms. Alisa Cochrane, State Veterans Service Officers, 307-265-7372 Natrona, Converse, and Niobrara Counties
Mr. Dean Roberts, Korean War Veterans Association, 307-754-2179 Park and Bighorn Counties
Commissioner Herm Emmett, 307-431-2662 Hot Springs and Washakie Counties
Ms. Lori McGee, State Veterans Service Officer, 307-438-2101 Teton and Fremont Counties
Ms. Lisa Griffith, Veterans Home of Wyoming, 307-684-5511, ext. 328 Sheridan and Johnson Counties
Ms. Amanda Manchester, County Veterans Service Officer, 307-789-7194, ext. 5 Uinta County
Ms. Sam Esquibel, County Veterans Service Officer, 307-922-5442 Sweetwater, Sublette, and Lincoln Counties
Wyoming Veterans Commission, 307-777-8152 Laramie County