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.
Monthly Meeting Reminder Tuesday, April 27th Saddlebrook Recreation Center 1:00 – 3:00pm We have a GREAT meeting planned. Our guest speaker is Captain Don Fraser, USN (Retired). US Naval Academy graduate, A6 Intruder pilot, shot down over Laos, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V and more. Don’t miss this exciting meeting as Captain Fraser chronicles his life experiences. ABOUT Captain Don Fraser Don was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1967. He trained in Pensacola as a Naval Flight Officer, and earned his wings of gold in Glynco, Georgia in February 1968. His first operational squadron was Attack Squadron 196, based at…
On Monday, April 5th, KWVA Chapter 169 will have a fundraiser hosted by Texas Roadhouse Restaurant located at 745 N. Hwy 27/441 (adjacent to Sam’s Club). All you have to do is have dinner between 4-8 pm and identify yourself as a KWVA member. Someone from the club will be there to hand out flyers. While you will not receive a discount, 10% of your check will be donated to KWVA Chapter 169 by Texas Roadhouse. Appetizers, meals, deserts and drinks. Have it all. The more you eat, the more we earn! Fortunately, the food is excellent with quick service.
KWVA Chapter 169 welcomes Stephen Frangos to our Board as Director-at-Large. He will be responsible for scheduling guest speakers as well as other duties. Steve served in Korea with the Army Signal Corps in ’58-’59. He was a Radio Officer with the 4th US Missile Command and the 226th Signal Co. stationed in Chunchon, Camp Page. After 8 years of Reserve Service which included active duty during the Berlin Crisis he retired as a Captain in 1965.
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. View more photos HERE.
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…