Nisei Veterans Committee, Inc. Programs
The Nisei Veterans Committee and NVC Foundation provides communications, education information & curriculum and community services to all potential recipients within the geographical constraints and immediate neighbors of the State of Washington (school districts, business and civic organizations and military units).
The NVC and Foundation organizes and conducts Memorial Day services annually at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle for fallen veterans. Memorial Day services were initiated in 1946 when the bodies of the soldiers killed in action were retuned from Europe and the Pacific.
The NVC and Foundation provides up to five $2500 scholarships to students related to Japanese American veterans. The Foundation also provides one $5000 general public scholarship to students in healthcare studies. A scholarship of $1,500 is available to active duty military personnel towards their continuing education
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The NVC Foundation is currently in the process of fundraising $1,200,000 to purchase an adjacent property to erect a memorial to the military veterans and Japanese Americans who were forcibly interned during World War II. The Foundation began the fundraising in Oct. 2009 and has this far raised approximately $700,000 entirely through community donations. The purchase of the adjacent property will also provide additional parking for our Memorial Hall to be utilized by the community. A $2,500,000 renovation of the Memorial Hall was completed in March 2008 with $1,500,000 provided by the community and $1,000,000 provided by the grants from the city, county, state, and federal governments.
The NVC Foundation would appreciate grants to help provide teaching booklets and video presentations to students and organizations who request the information about our war veterans and Japanese American relocation camp experiences. In addition to booklets and written text, funds are required to tape and edit video recording for future generations.