GlenLakes Veterans & Friends Association
The GlenLakes Veterans and Friends Association was established in 2016 to assist the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 67 who were woefully underfunded. Since then, we've expanded our efforts to support other veterans' organizations in the local community by becoming an official IRS 501(c)(3) charity. Your donations are tax-deductible, directly supporting veteran services in Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties.
We hold monthly meetings at the GlenLakes Country Club, located in North Weeki Wachee, Florida, with a variety of topics relevant to veterans and their families, including VA benefits, VA healthcare, identity theft, and local politics affecting veterans, opioid addiction, honor flights, etc. There are no dues or fees to participate with complimentary coffee and donuts at each meeting.
The group has numerous rest and recuperation (R&R) dinner meetings to improve camaraderie and shared experiences. We also routinely support local veteran organizations' activities as well as annual "Wreaths Across America" at the Florida National Cemetery located in Bushnell, Florida.
Our main fund-raising activity is an annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament, Luncheon, Raffles, and Auctions. Participation has shown great increases each year. Our 2021 tournament raised over $55,000. Click here for more details!
We have awarded 2021 grants to five local veteran groups so far. Click here to read Hernando Sun's February 2022 article with the details.
DAV Chapter 67 in Spring Hill awarded $6000 for utilities, a/c maintenance, and 2 service officer computers.
American Legion Post 186 Brooksville granted $7000 for new honor guard uniforms & weapons as well as laptops & printers for service officers.
VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill granted $7500 for honor guard expenses, 100 meeting hall chairs, a new Commander's computer, and memorial area renovation.
Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes granted $4400 for chairs and tables.
Polish Legion Post #196 awarded $4000 to upgrade honor guard uniforms.
Memorial Day 2022 Tribute
Actor Sam Elliott honored World War II veteran Sgt. Ray Lambert during the 30th National Memorial Day Concert held on May 26, 2019. In a diary-like delivery, Elliott told the incredible D-Day story through Lambert’s eyes.