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For Our Joint Security Area Brothers

Many of you may already know of the Joint Security Area (JSA) aka Panmunjom.  They were the security force within the “truce village”.

They are having a 2015 reunion and we want to let EVERYONE know.

I attended the dinner at the 2011 reunion in Orlando.  It was great.  So here is the information for their 2015 reunion … just to help them out!


The fifth JSA/Panmunjom Veterans Reunion is just eight months away!  This reunion is open to all personnel who served in the Joint Security Area (JSA) unit from its creation in 1952 to the present day.  We also extend an invitation to our Second Infantry Division brothers who served along side us on the Korea DMZ to come and join us for this two day reunion.

Dates: Friday and Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare Airport, 2930 S. River Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
Reunion room rate:  $113 per night (plus 13% tax), which includes breakfast for up to four persons per room.  (The hotel tax rate reported in my last  June 2014 JSA vet information e-mail was incorrect).

This hotel site for the 2015 JSA/Panmunjom Veterans Reunion in Chicago, Illinois is prepared to accept attendee room reservations.  Click on the below link to make your room reservation.  It is a five step process – select arrival and departure dates, select room bed type, sign in if Hiltons Honors member or continue booking as non-member, reservation summary with total costs and credit card payment information, and reservation confirmation.

To make a room reservation via telephone or fax, call the hotel’s main number: 1-847-296-8900 or fax number: 1-847-296-8999. Please mention that you are with the “JSA Veterans Reunion” in order to get the above reunion rate.

The Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare Airport is located three miles east of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the suburban community of Des Plaines.  This 251 room hotel – all non-smoking rooms, includes a choice of single king size bed or two queen size beds and handicap accessible rooms.  Rooms have complimentary wired and wireless internet access, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffeemaker, flat screen HDTV with on-demand movies and complimentary HBO.  A full service Garden Grille & Bar in the lobby area serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart.  This hotel includes an indoor Cool Pool and whirlpool, workout facility and 24-hour business center.  Across the street from this hotel is a green-space park.

There is free outdoor parking for those veterans driving and complimentary shuttle van service to and from the airport for those veterans flying into nearby O’Hare International Airport.

Nest door to this hotel is the Rivers Casino, which offers gambling entertainment and six different dining options.  The hotel also offers a courtesy van to drop guests off and pick up from the next door Rivers Casino and some preferred restaurants in the area.  Want to go downtown Chicago?  The hotel’s courtesy van will take and pick up guests to the nearby Rosemont Blue Line Train Station for train service into downtown Chicago.

For more information about this reunion’s hotel, please click on the below Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare Airport link:

An invitation has been extended to a guest speaker for this reunion’s banquet dinner, and we should have a decision on this person’s availability next month.  We are working on a price per attendee for this reunion, and will make this information available at a later date.  (It will be comparable to the 2011 Orlando reunion fees, which were $145 for a JSA veteran, and a spouse/companion fee of $75 to attend the Friday luncheon and the Saturday evening banquet dinner functions).