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Korean Consulate General Donates 10,000 Face Masks to State Military Veterans

By Krista Townsend
Monday, March 01, 2021

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Korean Consulate General Donates 10,000 Face Masks to State Military Veterans

Ceremony held to present donation to veteran centers and service organizations

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) held a ceremony to recognize the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea Ahn Myung Soo for the Republic of Korea’s donation of 10,000 KF94 face masks. The masks were presented and distributed to representatives of veteran service organizations located throughout the state during the ceremony which was held at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the 45th Infantry Division Museum.

ODVA Staff with Korean Consulate General Ahn Myung Soo
ODVA Director Joel Kintsel and Korean Consulate General Ahn Myung Soo

"It is a great pleasure to recognize and honor Oklahoma veterans who served in Korea," Consul General Soo said. "We must not forget those who served and sacrificed for our nations and it is our goal to keep members of our veteran communities healthy and thriving."

The service organizations will distribute the masks to Oklahoma veterans who served in Korea as well as other state veterans. Organizations in attendance included the Oklahoma Veterans Commission, 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. Masks also will be shared with the veteran residents of the seven state owned and operated veterans centers.

“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 of very high quality and will offer a high-level of protection for 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 traveled to Oklahoma from the consulate in Houston, Texas, where he oversees a jurisdiction of five south central states including Oklahoma.

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Last Modified on Mar 05, 2021