Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (South Korea)

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA, Korean: 국가보훈처) is a government ministry of South Korea which handles veterans. It was established in August 1961 as the Soldiers' Affairs Agency.

List of Ministers[1]
Minister Period
1st Min Byong-kwon Jul 6, 1961 – Jan 31, 1963
2nd Yoon Young-mo Feb 1, 1963 ~ May 10, 1964
3rd Kim Byung-sam May 11, 1964 – May 15, 1965
4th Park Ki-suk May 16, 1965 – Dec 21, 1970
5th Chang Dong-won Dec 22, 1970 – Oct 18, 1973
6th Yoo Kun-chang Oct 19, 1973 – Dec 20, 1977
7th Kim Jae-myong Dec 21, 1977 – May 22, 1980
8th Lee Jong-ho May 23, 1980 – Oct 15, 1983
9th Cho Chul-kwon Oct 16, 1983 – Feb 18, 1985
10th Choi Jong-ho Feb 19, 1985 – Jan 7, 1986
11th Kim Keun-soo Jan 8, 1986 – Feb 24, 1988
12th Jun Suk-hong Feb 25, 1988 – Dec 5, 1988
13th Lee Sang-yeon Dec 6, 1988 – Dec 26, 1990
14th Min Gyung-bae Dec 27, 1990 – Feb 25, 1993
15th Rhee Byoung-tae Feb 26, 1993 – Dec 21, 1993
16th Lee Chung-kil Dec 22, 1993 – Dec 23, 1994
17th Hwang Chang-pyeong Dec 24, 1994 – Dec 19, 1996
18th Oh Jung-so Dec 20, 1996 – Mar 5, 1997
19th Park Sang-bum Mar 6, 1997 – Mar 3, 1998
20th Kim Eui-jae Mar 9, 1998 – Mar 2, 1999
21st Choi Kyu-hak Mar 6, 1999 – Aug 28, 2000
22nd Kim Yoo-bae Aug 29, 2000 – Apr 1, 2001
23rd Lee Jae-dal Apr 2, 2001 – Mar 2, 2003
24th An Joo-seob Mar 3, 2003 – Sep 23, 2004
25th Park Yu-chul Sep 24, 2004 – Apr 19, 2007
26th Kim Jung-bok Apr 20, 2007 – Feb 28, 2008
27th Kim Yang Mar 3, 2009 – Feb 23, 2011
28th Park sung-choon Feb 24, 2011 – May 11, 2017
29th Pi Woo-jin May 17, 2017 – Aug 15, 2019
30th Park Sam-duk Aug 16, 2019 – incumbent
Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Headquarters in Sejong
Agency overview
Footnotes
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGukga Bohun Cheo
McCune–ReischauerKukka Pohun Ch'ŏ

Timeline

  • July 5, 1961 – Act for Establishment of Military Relief Administration enacted[2]
  • May 12, 1962 – Veterans Office Military Relief Office was renamed to Veterans Office, and branch office became regional offices, and 25 local agencies were upgraded to district offices
  • January 1, 1985 – Veterans Affairs Agency became Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, regional offices became regional veterans offices or branch veterans offices, and Veterans Committee 4.19 Cemetery Management Office was created
  • February 19, 1993 – The posts of Director-Generals of Veterans Policy and Veterans Promotion were created
  • January 28, 1995 – 4.19 Cemetery Management Office was created
  • September 14, 2002 – City-administered 5.18 cemetery Office and 3.15 cemetery Office were transferred to MPVA and two cemeteries’ level was elevated to national cemetery from municipal cemetery
  • May 24, 2004 – The Veterans Bureau was newly established to help veterans make a smoother transition to civilian life
  • May 18, 2005 – The Independence Hall was transferred to MPVA from Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
  • January 26, 2006 – The National Daejeon Cemetery was transferred to MPVA from Ministry of Defense
  • January 14, 2007 – Veterans Centers in Seoul, Busan, Daejeon were created
  • July 7, 2011 – Veterans Center in Gyeonggi Province was created
  • July 28, 2017 – The status of the MPVA Minister was elevated from vice-ministerial to ministerial level.

See also

References

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