Mississippi VA receives donation of 5,000 masks from Republic of Korea

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Mississippi Veterans Affairs (MSVA) has received a large donation of masks from the Republic of Korea.

Announced by MSVA over the weekend, a donation of 5,000 protective masks will be distributed to the four State Veterans Homes in Collins, Jackson, Kosciusko and Oxford, with the first sets given to Veterans of the Korean War.

“We are so appreciative of the Republic of Korea Prime Minister Sye-kyun and his commitment to honoring America’s heroes that fought in the Korean War,” Mississippi VA Executive Director Stacey Pickering said. “And we thank Consul-General Myung-Soo of the Korean Consulate in Houston for coordinating the delivery of these masks to our heroes, who no doubt deserve to be honored for their sacrifice towards freedom and safety in our world.”

Close to 11,000 Mississippians fought in the Korea War from July 1950 to 1953. The Republic of Korea sent a total of 2.5 million masks produced by Kleenex to the United States Government. 500,000 of those are earmarked for those that served in the Korean War.

“Korea will continue to remember and honor all the United Nations Veterans of the Korean War for their sacrifice and contributions,” Republic of Korea Prime Minister Chung Sye-hyun said. “As we got together to overcome difficulties seventy years ago, we will be able to overcome the current COVID-19 crisis.”

Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. Of the approximate 1.4 million Americans to fight in the war, close to 40,000 died in action, with another 100,000 wounded.

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