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Commemorative books available to Korean War veterans

December 17, 2013

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Solano County are partnering to distribute a special book to veterans who served in that conflict.

"Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth" is available for free to Korean War veterans or family members as a gift of gratitude from the Korean government. The hardbound, full-color, 175-page commemorative is provided to honor these great veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

The Korean War began in June 1950, when the pro-communist North Korean Army invaded South Korea. American troops entered the war as part of the United Nations forces defending South Korea. Nearly 1.8 million Americans served in Korea from 1950 to 1953, and over 36,000 were killed. More than 200,000 men and women from California served in the war. Today, there are estimated to be over 90,000 Korean War veterans living in California.

The book was published in Salt Lake City and was paid for by the South Korean public and private sectors.

The free book is available to be picked up at the Solano County Veteran Service Office on the fourth floor of the County Administration Center, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. The office is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A DD-214 showing Korean War service is required.