Casey, Bizzarro seek to honor Korean War veterans with Ambassador for Peace Medal

HARRISBURG, May 16 – U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA, and state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, said they are encouraging Korean War veterans in Northwest Pennsylvania to apply for the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. The commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to American servicemen and -women who served in the three-year conflict from 1950 through 1953.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve recognition for their bravery here at home and abroad,” Casey said. “While we cannot fully repay the debt of their sacrifices, an honor such as this is an important remembrance of our gratitude. I encourage those who are eligible, or their families, to apply.”

Bizzarro, who sits on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, noted that the nation’s Korean War veterans – including more than 75,000 such veterans in Pennsylvania – are often considered unsung heroes.

“Too often, our Korean War veterans have not received the full recognition they deserve for their valor in that conflict, which is sometimes overshadowed by accounts about World War II and the Vietnam War,” Bizzarro said. “In fact, our troops in Korea achieved a monumental task by preventing a North Korean takeover of the south, despite facing incredibly harsh conditions and opposition from thousands of Chinese troops.”

To be eligible for the Ambassador for Peace Medal, veterans must have served in Korea at some time during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, or have participated in U.N. peacekeeping efforts until the end of 1955. Members of the U.S. Navy are also eligible if they served aboard a naval vessel that was assigned to Korean waters from 1950 to 1953.

In addition to a completed application, veterans applying must provide their Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty DD-214 form.

There are no costs or fees associated with applying for or receiving the medal, and it may also be awarded posthumously to a veteran’s next of kin.

For more information or to apply, veterans can visit American Legion Millcreek Post 773, 4109 W. 12th St., Erie, or locate another nearby post here. Veterans can also stop by Bizzarro’s office at 1101 Peninsula Drive, Suite 209, Erie, PA 16505, or call the office at (814) 835-2880.