The Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) was founded in 1948 as a national veterans organization for Ukrainian-Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. There were some 200,000 Ukrainian- Americans who served in World War II and another 30,000 who had served in World War I. Our World War II veterans decided that there was a special bond between Ukrainian-American veterans that should be maintained in our communities.
From 1948 through the 1980s there were dozens of posts mostly in the heavily populated Ukrainian-American communities in New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. We had several thousand members. We are the sixth oldest veterans organization in the United States.
The UAV is still a strong and viable veterans organization with posts in the states that I just mentioned as well as a post in Florida.
Two years ago, we dedicated a national monument in South Boundbrook, New Jersey that honors all Ukrainian-American veterans. We know that Ukrainians served in the American Civil War and Spanish American Wars in small numbers. Starting with World War I, large numbers of Ukrainian- Americans have continuously served in our nation’s wars. Some have risen to general officer rank with two attaining four-star rank.
With the recent war in Iraq and the on-going war in Afghanistan, we have a new cohort of veterans joining the UAV.
The UAV is very active in the Ukrainian-American community. We provide color guards at many events, we award scholarships, and we provide assistance to veterans in need.
We are the UAV with 69 years of strong comradeship, pride in being Ukrainian-Americans and dedicated service to our community.