Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have a question about the Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV), this is a good place to look first.

Who is the National Commander of the UAV?
Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) National Commander Ihor Rudko
Ihor Rudko

The Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) elect a National Commander at the UAV annual convention. The National Commander serves for a term of two years and is eligible for reelection. The name and contact information of the current National Commander can be found on the National Executive Board page.

The current National Commander of the Ukrainian American Veterans is Ihor Rudko. He was unanimously elected by the delegates at the 71st annual UAV Convention.

He succeeds Peter Bencak as National Commander.

What is the official UAV dress uniform?

The official UAV dress or “class A” uniform consists of a UAV garrison cap, white shirt, navy blue tie, gray trousers/skirt, navy blue blazer with brass buttons and UAV emblem on the lapel pocket. Cap, navy blue tie and UAV emblem are to be purchased from Quartermaster only (to ensure uniformity of color and appearance).

What is the official UAV summer uniform?

The official UAV summer weather uniform consists of a UAV garrison cap, a short sleeved white military/police style shirt with the American flag patch on the right shoulder and the UAV emblem patch on the left shoulder, gray trousers/skirt and black leather shoes.

When is the UAV Convention?

The annual Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) convention is held in the fall of each year. Dates, times and locations vary each year, so please check the Annual Convention page for more information.

Who is my UAV Post Commander if I don’t belong to a local post?

UAV members who reside in a locality where there is no local post may be a Member-at-Large. The UAV National Vice Commander serves as “local” Post Commander for all Member-at-Large members. The name and contact information of the current National Vice Commander can be found on the National Executive Board page.

How do I become a member of the UAV?

Please complete a UAV Membership Application Form and submit it with your payment. Visit the Membership page for more details.

Individuals who want to join a local post should contact that post directly. Individuals wishing to become a Member-at-Large should contact the UAV National Vice Commander. The name and contact information of the current National Vice Commander can be found on the National Executive Board page.

What is a DD Form 214?

The DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, generally referred to as a “DD 214”, is a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member’s retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy).

Where can I obtain a copy of Form DD 214?

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the best way to receive a copy of your DD 214 is to get an eBenefits account. Go to and register. Once you have a premium account, click on the “Manage Benefits” tab, and go to the Military Personnel File (DPRIS) link to request a copy of the DD 214. If you served before records were scanned into the system, try and click on the “Request Military Records Online” tab.