About the NVN
Why We Exist
The Nisei soldiers are the Americans of Japanese ancestry who served during World War II. These soldiers overcame discrimination and adversity to serve their country and became the most highly decorated military unit for their size and length of service. Their struggle to overcome prejudice and demonstrate their loyalty to the United States is a story that can inspire, inform and empower us. The National Veterans Network is proud to share and perpetuate this important part of our American military history with you.
The National Veterans Network is a national organization whose mission is: to preserve, inform, and advocate how the Japanese American World War II Nisei soldiers’ loyalty, courage, and patriotism embody American values and shape future decisions about justice and equality in a democracy.
By partnering with nationally renowned organizations, the NVN has engaged millions of people across the country through interactive exhibitions, curriculums, public events and a digital archive. NVN is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.
Who We Are: The NVN Leadership
Executive Director of the National Veterans Network
President & CEO, Cole Chemical
Executive Director, Japanese American Museum of Oregon
Amy “Emiko” Hever
Consultant, J. Mueller & Associates
Former Commander, Chicago Nisei Post No. 1183, the American Legion
Superior Court Judge, Retired
JACL National Executive Emeritus
Salt Lake City, UT
AARP Texas Executive Council
Maj. General Tony Taguba
Chairman of the Board, Filipino Veterans Recognition and Memorial Project
Consultant, Hurt Norton & Associates, Inc.
Executive Director, National Japanese American Historical Society & The MIS Learning Center
San Francisco, CA
Board Member, Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee
Executive Director, Japan America Society of Washington
Executive Director, Partners In Diversity
Lt. Col. Michael Yaguchi (Ret)
Board of Director, Armed Forces Insurance
The National Veterans Network is established
The Congressional Gold Medal (our nation’s highest civilian award) is collectively awarded to U.S. Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service
The Congressional Gold Medal embarks on a national tour in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution
The Congressional Gold Medal is displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History
The digital exhibition “The Nisei Soldier: Congressional Gold Medal” is unveiled in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History
The White House hosts the NVN and Japanese American World War II veterans at their Generational Experiences of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders and MASSA communities event
A Japanese American WWII experience curriculum is produced in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
The collection of Japanese American WWII objects begins, along with exhibition development at the National Museum of the U.S. Army
A new elementary and middle school curriculum will launch in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Teaching Tolerance
Education and public programs highlighting the Nisei Soldiers and Congressional Gold Medal exhibitions launch at the National Museum of the U.S. Army
Our Partners & Supporters
The NVN thanks all of our program and exhibition partners and donors for your collaboration, support and generosity.
Smithsonian Nisei Soldier CGM Display:
Congressional Gold Medal Tour in 7 cities with
Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington, DC