We are the Korean Veterans of Central FL including Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties and The Villages. Our goal is to organize veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. Military during the Korean War and those who served in Korea anytime after the war to date (Korea Defense Service Veterans). Please join us at one of our monthly meetings.
On June 25th, 2020, on the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, a brief ceremony was held at the Eisenhower Rec Center to install Jeff Brodeur as the new National President of KWVA. Also sworn in was Harold Trieber as the new KWVA National Secretary and Bobbie Williams as the new KWVA National Asst Treasurer.
Jeff brings a new leadership style to KWVA with a pledge to grow the organization by modernizing infrastructure and attracting more Korea Defense Veterans into our ranks.
A special request from Steve Straehley, Senior Reporter – The Villages Daily Sun
I wanted to reach out and make sure you saw the news in the May 19 Daily Sun about a community effort underway to honor our local WWII veterans. For the 75th anniversary of the war’s end, the Daily Sun is committed to finding every WWII veteran living in The Villages to make sure they are honored with a memorial brick in a ceremony later this year. Would you please help us spread the word to your group, and ask them to send the names of any WWII veterans they know to Senior Veterans Reporter Steve Straehley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-753-1119 ext. 5228
Also, several groups have organized fundraising efforts to cover the cost of these special memorial bricks ($55 each), and we want to make sure we tell any such stories from your corner of the world. So please reach out to me if any of that activity is going on with you, and I’ll make sure it gets written up in the paper as well.
KWVA169 chosen to swear in new National KWVA President, Jeff Brodeur on June 25th, 70th Anniv of Korean War
There will be a swearing-in of Jeff Brodeur, the new National President of KWVA right here in The Villages by MG John McWaters on June 25th. Time and place will be announced when available and according to social distancing guidelines at the time.
As Florida moves through opening phases, we hope that our monthly meetings can resume soon. With our larger room at Saddlebrook, it should be easier to adhere to social distancing and whatever the new “normal” is. We’ll keep you posted.
Gen McWaters was contacted by a writer for The Villages Daily Sun who is interested in interviewing 2-3 KWVA 169 members for a piece they are doing on the Korean War.
- MUST have served in Korea during the Korean War
- MUST be a Villages resident
If you meet these requirements and would be willing to talk about your experiences, please contact the General at 352-445-9316 so he can let the Daily Sun know.
We’ve OUTGROWN our space! If you have been to one of our monthly meetings lately, you know how crowded it can get in the card room at Saddlebrook Rec Center. The General has secured the large meeting room right across the hall at Saddlebrook, but because of conflicts, we had to move the day from the 3rd Saturday of the month to the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1PM.
March 24th meeting has been cancelled due to Coronavirus.
Updates will be provided on this website regarding the next monthly meeting on April 28th.