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Sen. Pat Toomey and state Rep. Dawn Keefer are seeking eligible Korean War veterans from York County and the surrounding area to honor them with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.

“For over half a century, many of these veterans have been unsung heroes," Toomey, R-Pa., said in a news release. "I encourage all Korean War veterans to contact my office for more information on the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal.”

The commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women who served in the Korean War, according to the Korean Embassy.  

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported that more than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War.

The war started in 1950 after communist North Korea invaded South Korea, the archives explained, and 33,741 American troops were killed or reported missing. The American death toll inside and outside the war zone was 54,246, department records show.  

Keefer, R-Franklin Township, said she’s “honored to help” both Toomey and “the Republic of Korea recognize veterans of the 92nd Pennsylvania Legislative District for the sacrifices they made during the conflict.”

“It is very appropriate we continue to remember those who defended freedom from communism and all its horrors decades ago,” Keefer said.   

What to do? Toomey’s office released a statement that describes how to receive the medal:

“To receive the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, an eligible veteran must have served in country during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 or have participated in UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955. Members of the US Navy are also eligible if they had served aboard a naval vessel that was assigned to Korean waters during the 1950 to 1953 timeframe. It may also be awarded posthumously. The only document required is the Notice of Separation or DD-214 discharge document showing service in Korea."

Applications for the medal must be received by Friday, Aug. 3. For applications, visit the James A. Danner VFW Post No. 537, 1095 Pines Road in Etters, or any of Keefer’s offices. Applications can also be found online at www.repkeefer.com.

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