VFW Post 5923 – Camdenton, MO


We aren’t just recruiting young veterans. While that is important, we want all ages of veterans to join us. We would really like to see members that haven’t been to the post in recent years return.

“The post has made great strides for a bright future because of small group of very active members. With more veterans and auxiliary members, our potential to serve veterans and our community is limitless,” added Vietnam Veteran and Assistant Post Quartermaster Terry Reaka.

VFW Auxiliary Opens Eligibility to Males

In 2015, the Veterans of Foreign Wars opened eligibility to its Auxiliary to males. Any husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, or granddaughter of a VFW eligible veteran, who is a US citizen over the age of 16, can now join the VFW Auxiliary. The Camdenton VFW Auxiliary now has males to include the grandsons of post founding auxiliary member Hazel Parrish and Doug Thompson, a former D.O.D. medic who served in Iraq. This change opens many new opportunities for supporters to serve along with post member veterans, to include veterans who served in peacetime but who have relatives that earned combat ribbons.

Connecting to the Community and Schools

The VFW has always offered programs to educate youth and instill patriotism, and the Camdenton VFW has continued to grow its connection to Camdenton Schools. The post has recently helped the school district with putting flags in classrooms, donating a flag pole, participating in a veterans vs. teachers basketball game, volunteering for Veterans in the Classroom, and attending Veterans Day events. Dogwood Elementary held its own fundraiser for the post’s new building, a Run/Walk event that raised $3,000.


The mission of this post & the veterans that serve here as members is to bring veterans together; to preserve and strengthen member camaraderie, to encourage patriotism to our youths, to assist the veteran in need, to honor our fallen brothers, sisters, and their families, to enable the young veteran family, to contribute to & support the Lake of the Ozarks community, all in a way that brings honor to our past, present, and future members.


  • Commander: Blake Distler (Iraq)
  • Sr. Vice Commander: Keith Lucas (Iraq)
  • Jr. Vice Commander: Josh Sims (Iraq)
  • Quartermaster: Terry Reaka (Vietnam)
  • Judge Advocate: Woody Tweed (Vietnam)
  • Surgeon: Dave Younk (Vietnam)
  • Chaplain: John Johnson (Desert Storm)
  • Trustees: Don Allen (Vietnam), Mike Donovan (Vietnam), and Doug Kemp (Vietnam)




First Monday of the Month
unless of a holiday

Potluck dinner: 6 PM
Post Meeting:  7 PM

A veteran service officer is available to help any veteran with VA claims during the dinner portion of the meeting night.


Camdenton VFW Chips In For Airport Monument

VFW Post 5923 is a proud supporter of the Veteran’s Memorial Monument Project at Camdenton Memorial Lake Regional Airport. Contact the City of Camdenton at 573-346-3600 to donate to this worthy effort. More info


Post Adjutant Brad Mitchell awarded Camdenton School District's Volunteer of the Year!

Congratulations to Post Adjutant Brad Mitchell on receiving the award for Camdenton School District’s Volunteer of the Year!
Brad was recognized for his volunteer work with the school’s Veterans Day assemblies, along with his help and work with children in elementary classrooms.

You Belong in the VFW

Stand strong with the nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary as we continue to fight for all that’s good FOR VETERANS.

VFW Post 5923