The commemorative Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal will become more widely available to Wyoming veterans.

Initially, the medal was presented to Korean War veterans who returned to South Korea as part of the Revisit Program.  The Wyoming Veterans Commission is coordinating the application process and presentation so that the honor can be bestowed upon veterans who can no longer travel to Korea.

The Wyoming Veterans Commission plans to coordinate with the Republic of Korea Consular General’s office in San Francisco, Calif., to have the medals shipped.

Veterans or their family members can complete the application form for the Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal online.   The application deadline is Dec. 11.

The veteran did not have to serve in Korea to be eligible.  A copy of the veteran’s separation documents, usually the DD-214 form, will be needed to validate that the veteran served during the Korean War.

Korean War veterans can visit the closest American Legion, Wyoming Veterans Commission, or VFW post for assistance in validating their military service.  Service can be validated by a veterans commissioner or commission employee, American Legion and VFW post commanders, senior vice commanders, junior vice commanders, post adjutants, and the department service officer.  Disabled American Veterans chapter service officers can also validate service.

The Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal may be presented posthumously.  Next of kin may apply for the honor on behalf of a deceased veteran.

Presentation ceremonies will be scheduled at a later date.

More information is available at the commission’s website, or by calling (307) 777-8152.

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