Washington, DC. While attending the monthly meeting of the National Military & Veterans Alliance (NMVA) on December 7, 2020, JAVA President Gerald Yamada announced that the United States Postal Service will honor all Nisei soldiers who served in World War II with the Go For Broke US postage stamp in 2021. To share this good news, NMVA immediately sent an email message to 48 addressees, including NMVA’s 35 member organizations, congratulating “Gerald Yamada and all the members of JAVA for their tireless efforts to make this a reality! NMVA will be sharing this on its Facebook page and Twitter account; we ask that all of you consider sharing it from there as well.”
JAVA’s active participation in NMVA activities is an important way of JAVA showing support for military and veteran issues beyond the Japanese American community. NMVA is a non-profit and non-partisan umbrella organization of 35 veteran- and military-serving organizations that expands the military and veteran community’s ability to present a united front to the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Congress, and the White House. By working together, the larger voice of the combined associations’ memberships and their families help to promote the objectives concerning a wide-range of military quality of life issues, including pay, personnel, medical, survivor benefits, military housing, education, veterans, and military retiree issues. NMVA represents more than 3.5 million members. Collectively, the member organizations represent some 80 million Americans – those who serve or have served their country and their families. JAVA is a member of NMVA, and JAVA President Gerald Yamada is JAVA’s representative to NMVA.