February 2016 Meeting Notice
  • On February 16th, 2016, Chapter 189 of the Korean War Veterans Association will hold their monthly meeting at the John Mealy Memorial VFW Post in Port Orange, Florida.
  • Members arriving for lunch can arrive at 12:00 and choose their meal from the VFW Bar Menu, and socialize during the meal. The regular KWVA Business Meeting will begin at 1:00 PM. Our speaker for this meeting will be Jeffery L. Bumb, who is the Director of Veteran Service for Volusia County.  Jeff served twenty years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Sergeant First Class spending the majority of his career with the 101st and 82d Airborn Divisions.  He has been deployed in the Gulf War, and to Afghanistan and Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation and Achievement Medal. He was a qualified jump-master and earned the Senior Parachutist badge and also the Air Assault badge.  Jeff will discuss his duties as the Director of Veterans Services in Volusia County and how he and his staff can provide a variety of services to our counties Veterans. (See KWVA Postcard Notice 2-16-2016 on our Recent Event Page)
  • Prior to our last meeting in January many of our members travelled to Deland to meet the Governor Scott. At that meeting her personally presented the Governor's Veterans Service Award (Medal) to Honorably discharged Veteran of the US Armed Forces. As part of this ceremony pictures were taken of each of the veterans with the Governor.  We have just received copies of those pictures.  We are hoping to show a number of these pictures at the meeting during lunch if we get the time to get the presentation together. 
  • On 16 April 2016 the Department of Florida will hold its annual Convention at the Waterfront Inn in the Villages, Florida.  All National Members of the KWVA are invited.  This is a one day event and will run from 9 AM to about 4 PM. There is an open bar at 6 PM and the Convention Banquet Dinner will be held from 7 PM to 9 PM.  Lodging for convention participates and their families will be available, at the Waterford Inn, for both Friday and Saturday, at reduced rates, for those wishing to stay  overnight.  If you have any questions about the convention, the meals or arrangements please contact Chuck Husbands at 386.780.7163.  To support the development of the convention booklet we have been ask if our members would like to sign up on a "Freedom Fighters" page as we have in the past.  As they are close to publishing the convention book this will be the last chance to get your name into the "Freedom Fighters" page.  A form will be available at the February, the cost is $10 and this donation will help with offseting some of the cost of publication.
  • As you know several years ago the Chapter 189 put together a wonderful Korean War Display for the Museum in New Smyrna. At that time we only had the museum space for a limited time. We recently received word that we can install, on a semi permanent basis, our Korean War Historical Display of memorabilia, by local veterans, in a Daytona Beach Historical Museum. At this time it appears that space will available and we can start installation of the display in the museum in the June time frame.  If you have Korean War memorabilia that you would like to place on loan for the display please contact Robert McGuire or Robert Hawes.
  • The special presentation of the awesome documentary "Chosin" filmed in Korea that was originally slated for November has been postponed to early in 2016 so that many of the snowbirds that join us during the winter will have an opportunity to see this film .  This focal point of American involvement in the Korean liberation will have several local participants in attendance.  The date of the new "huge screen" program, along with other details of the program, will be take place within the next few  months.
  • During the past several months the Chapter has been presenting the "Tell America" Program to a number of organizations. If you know an organization that might want to learn about the history of the Korean War please contact Bob McGuire at 396.323.6401,and he would be pleased to set up a presentation. We are in the process of preparing a short brochure on the history and impact of the Korean War, to go along with the presentation. We would like to spread the story of the Korean Conflict for all those who may never have heard of it, or its impact on our current global condition.
  • In recent days we have become aware that their are Veterans in our community that have recently died and have not been provided with an opportunity to receive a military ceremony in their memory.  Chapter 189 of the KWVA does not think that this is proper, and have decided to present a small final military ceremony for any Veteran that requests it. If you know of a Veteran that needs a final military ceremony please contact Bob McGuire at 386.323.6401 and we will attempt to get that request fulfilled.  If you know of someone who is sick or in the hospital and would like a visit from a member of the chapter have them contact Bob McGuire or Chuck Husbands and we will try to make a personal visit.