Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs to host Friday, February 26 recognition ceremony for Korean Consulate General

Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) will host a recognition ceremony for the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in appreciation of the consulate’s large donation of face masks for Oklahoma state veterans at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the 45th Division Infantry Museum in Northeast Oklahoma City.

Consulate General Ahn Myung Soo is donating 10,000 KF94 face masks to be distributed to Oklahoma veterans. Masks will be shared with the veteran residents of the seven state owned and operated veteran centers and with various veterans’ service organizations to include those represented on the Oklahoma Veterans Commission. Representatives from other veterans’ service organizations in attendance will include the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart and the National Guard Association of Oklahoma who will also distribute masks to their members.

“We are honored to receive such a generous donation of face masks by Consulate General Soo,” said Joel Kintsel, ODVA executive director. “The KF94 masks are very similar to the N95 masks in that they offer a high-level of protection which boosts our confidence in distributing them to our state veterans.”

The masks originate in Korea with ‘KF’ standing for Korean filter and ‘94’ representing a 94 percent standard of filtering out airborne particles. The disposable masks have an adjustable bridge that can be manipulated to get a secure fit over the nose bridge and side flaps contouring the face.

Soo will travel to Oklahoma from the consular in Houston, Texas, where he oversees a jurisdiction of five south central states including Oklahoma.

About ODVA: The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs provides resources and services to military veterans residing in the state of Oklahoma including assistance with state and federal veterans’ benefits, disability claims, burial and survivor benefits, healthcare, employment, education, suicide prevention, entrepreneurship and veteran-owned businesses, women veteran services and veterans in agriculture. 
ODVA also owns and operates seven nursing homes throughout Oklahoma for veterans needing long-term care. To learn more, visit www.odva.ok.gov.