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Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans volunteered to help with the Community Fair hosted by Stoney Brook of Copperas Cove. 
This event was a celebration of national assisted-living week. The national theme was “Family is Forever”.  The Event had many volunteers whose assistance helped to make it a success. There were games, fun and entertainment; a bounce house for the youngsters, a dunking booth and various other activities.  Star Group team was led by SGVHV Advisory Committee leaders Mr. Stanley Davis and Mr. Lovell Mitchell. The Events BBQ and other food service was handled the SG-VHV Advisory Leaders plus Mr Audra Hill and Ms Evelyn Peel. All of the Stoney Brook Residents Family and Friends as well as the Copperas Cove community and surrounding cities supported this Fun Filled Event.  All proceeds will benefit Alzheimer Texas. 

SGVHV was honored to be asked by Stoney Brook to assist with this Community Event.

Story contribution by Mr Stanley Davis

Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans was the recipient of a copier from Nevill Document Solutions. 

When SGVHV opened their building four years ago they were blessed with a Kyocera copier from Nevill Document Solutions in Irving TX. That copier held up to some strenuous work making packages for our monthly meetings and making copies of information for many veterans. SGVHV does not charge the Veterans to make copies and so the copier was pushed to the limit. 

When our executive director noticed the copier closing down she reached out to Mark Dudney of Nevill Document Solutions. Although Mark was not the Representative who donated the original copier, he was the Rep which Ms Timmons was currently familiar. She explained our usage and need for a faster copier. Mark indicated he had to reach out to his management team and would get back with us. 

Was Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans ever surprised when Mark came back and stated that he had received approval to donate another copier to SGVHV. Arrangements were made to go to Irving and pick up the copier. Mr Haywood and Mr Fred Funches of SGVHV took the trip to the Nevill Document Solutions Headquarters to pick up the copier. To their surprise Nevill had upgraded the copier and given them a newer model than originally agreed and included the sorter. We salute Nevill for their generorsity.

The admin staff at SGVHV Headquarters was pleased with the new copier and immediately put it to work.

Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans THANKS MARK DUDNEY & NEVILL DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS for their awesome donation.

 

During the month of July, Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans members went about town thanking our many 2017 Picnic Sponsors. Some are in the picture but many are not but each are equally as important to the success of our picnic. 

 We also thank all of the SGVHV volunteers for their hard work and dedication to making the SGVHV Independence Day Picnic Celebration a wonderful success. 

 A special thanks goes to Mr John Footman and the Purple Heart Organization for bringing the Texas Memorial Purple Heart traveling wall and to the CC Police & Fire Dept as well as the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 23:5 who escorted the motorcade to the Copperas Cove Civic Center.

Also thank you to the "I Am Sergeant" Presentation by Ft Hood military which was phenomenal. 

And thank you to the many area businesses who donated the many giveaways and door prizes. Your gifts kept the excitement going through out the entire event. 

 The Picnic was made possible through the support of several event sponsors including Platinum Sponsors: PCSI, the City of Copperas Cove, Century 21 & JR Herring Rentals, The National United Bank, Ted Smith Law Group, Linnemann Realty, Scott’s Funeral Home, All American Chevrolet, AFGE Local 1920 & District 10, the Copperas Cove, Killeen, and Harker Heights Walmart, Sam’s Club, and PEPSI.

Gold Sponsors included Minuteman Press Killeen and Operation Phantom Support.

Silver Sponsors included Lil’ Tex Family Restaurant, Bill French Jewelers, A Cut Above, Oliver Transmission, and Central Texas College.

Ice cream was donated by Blue Bell of Waco and freezer donated by Buddy's Home Furnishings Rental of Copperas Cove. Balloon decorations were by NJP Ballons of Killeen and Rolling Video Games of Killeen provided the game truck fun. Three (3) vehicles/trucks were on display by All American Chevrolet of Killeen and Fairway Sports Vehicles of Salado donated the golf carts to transport people to and from their vehicles.

Thank You to Everyone who made this Event possible and all the SGVHV members who worked so hard to make sure everything was great.

 

Again this year (2017) Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans partnered with Walmart Copperas Cove and the Copperas Cove ISD for another successful Stuff The Bus Campaign. 

All the seats were filled, then the racks over the seats were filled and then the items began filling up the aisle of the Copperas Cove Independent School District activity bus parked in front of Wal-Mart over the tax-free weekend.

In total, almost $30,000 in supplies were collected for Cove ISD’s students in need.

Wal-Mart co-manager Jeff Weeks said the support from the community was overwhelming. "As a result of everyone’s dedication, we are hopeful that every child in CCISD will have a great school year,” Weeks said.

Jonathan Haywood, president of Star Group, said he was grateful to the students of Cove ISD and citizens of Copperas Cove and the surrounding communities for coming out and participating while supporting their fellow students.

“They donated, cheered, collected school supplies and literally stuffed the bus full of supplies. Our organization continued its support of CCISD by donating supplies, cooking and handing out hot dogs, chips, drinks and playing music throughout the tax-free weekend as families shopped and stuffed the bus,” Haywood said. “A special thanks goes out to the Copperas Cove Rabbit Fest court and parents for continuing to support our children and the community as they greeted, smiled and collected supplies. “There were so many people who played an important role in the success of this event. They will be blessed by their contributions and participation in the wonderful event and so will our children in school.”

Collecting the supplies over three days filled the bus, which then had to be unloaded Monday and sorted for the different schools based on student needs. Supplies filled the cafeteria at Crossroads High School where the sorting and distribution took place.Cove ISD Curriculum Department Staff and members of the Copperas Cove High School Texas Future Educators Association helped wade through the mounds of supplies. Ashley Prax is the president of CCHS TAFE. "When we started unloading the bus, I didn’t realize how many supplies had been donated,” Prax said. “As we started sorting the supplies, it was a blessing to see the Copperas Cove community supporting these students that need help  It felt great knowing it was going to students in need."

The supplies were distributed to the schools and will be given to students through the Communities in Schools representative on each campus and the parent liaison on the campus of Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy. Any parent needing assistance with school supplies should contact the CIS rep or parent liaison on campus

John Robertson with Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans said the event was all about the children. Robertson and other volunteers from SGVHV kept busy preparing several thousand hot dogs over the weekend. "This is all about the kids, and we are honored to volunteer here again this year,” Robertson said. 

 

Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans held its September monthly meeting and had a full agenda as the group prepares to reach out to others during the upcoming holiday season. 

But first, SG-VHV received the designation of being named Business of the Month by the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Laura Jordan, ambassador president, was on hand along with other ambassadors and the Five Hills Scholarship roy­alty as the group recognized Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans. 

 SGVHV's September monthly was action packed. First they were presented as Business of the Month by the Copperas Cove Chamber. Then their was another great surprise for the group as Mike and Priscilla Linneman, of Linneman Realty, had a presentation of their own for SGVHV—a set of keys. The keys belong to a Ford F-250 which the Linnemans donated to Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans for the group to use as it volunteers in the community. “I’ve got a friend who’s a wholesaler in Ty­ler, Texas, David Christian. He owns Twin Motor Company, and he and I worked together on this,” Linneman said. “You need a truck that you can help people with.” 

SGVHV’s president, Jonathan Haywood, ac­cepted the keys on behalf of the group and thanked the Linnemans for their donation. Haywood said he had talked to Mike Linnenman and asked if he knew of anyone who had a truck available for the organization. The truck, although not brand-new, is in top condition and has been freshly detailed and decorated with decals that will proclaim the truck’s purpose as its volunteers go through­out the community to events and to assist those in need. 

Michael Linnemann gave SGVHV their very first $500 sponsorship.”

They’ve been with us from the very beginning,” Haywood said of the Linnemans, longtime sponsors of the group. 

Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans thanks Mike and Priscilla Linneman, of Linneman Realty (www.linnemannrealty.com) for this awesome donation and for their continued support.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 00:00

SGVHV Organization of the Month (September)

Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans was honored to be named as Business of the Month. This honor is only presented twice a year to an organization. The other months it is awarded to "for profit businesses" who are members of the CC Chamber. 

SG-VHV received the designation of being named Business of the Month by the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Laura Jordan, ambassador president, was on hand, along with other ambassadors and the Five Hills Scholarship roy­alty to present the designation as the group recognized Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans.

It is truly nice when you give to others expecting nothing in return and you are presented with such a prestigious award. 

SGVHV entire team Thanks the Copperas Cove Chamber for their thoughtfulness. 

Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:00

2017 SG-VHV FREE HEALTH FAIR

Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans is hosting our annual FREE HEALTH FAIR on Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Copperas Cove Civic Center, 1206 W. Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX 76522

The Health Fair is co-sponsored by SG-VHV and City of Copperas Cove.

Representatives from various medical and service fields will offer free health services:
Flu shots, Blood Pressure checks, Cholesterol Info, Vision screening, Diabetes Info, WIC, STD Info, Pregnancy Info, PTSD Info, VA Benefit Info, Child Care Protection Info, Cancer Screening and many other services.

This Health Fair is for area homeless and all residents who may not be able to afford health care, for our veterans who are having a difficult time getting care, for our active-duty soldiers who may have questions they aren’t comfortable talking with their units about and anyone else ... as it is Free and Open to the Public.

Any Healthcare professional who would like to donate their time and services and be a part of this community Health Fair please contact Mr Haywood at 254-681-8025 or email him at haywood.veteranshelpingveterans@yahoo.com or www.sg-vhv.org (under contact us tab).

Everyone please come out and support this Event!



Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

SG-VHV 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

In a solemn display of honor and respect, members of Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans hosted a wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day  at their facility in Copperas Cove .  

In his opening remarks, Mayor Frank Seffrood urged the audience to not just enjoy the day off, but to return to the basics of “why we are here?  We have all sacrificed. We have all given. Those we are honoring today have given all,” he said. Many veterans — young and old — family and community members, dressed in their military gear, shirts and flags took time to pay tribute to the fallen.

Local and state veteran organizations including Operation Stand Down, the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association and Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, as well as several others participated in the ceremony.

Although the Jewish War Veterans organization have been around since 1896, this was their second year participating in the Memorial Day events with SG-VHV, said George Wankmueller. The thing about this here is about the peers that have gone before us and those that will come after us all have a name and they all made that great sacrifice for us,” he said.  Wankmueller said that although wars may continue to go on, “we still need to remember and honor them. Every time their name is mentioned may they be a blessing to those that knew them.”

During the ceremony, a bell was rung to honor fallen soldiers, prisoners of war and those missing in action.

This is a day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Joann Courtland, director of Operation Stand Down.

As a veteran herself, Courtland said she comes from a family of veterans and was honored to be able to remember all those who served and gave it all.

In closing, Seffrood said he was glad to see so many members of the surrounding communities come out and show their support.

“It shows we have put meaning back in the word ‘community.’ Community is not a city limit. Community is a limit of the heart,” he said. 

SG-VHV President Jonathan Haywood stated that it was an honor to have so many area Veteran Groups participate in the ceremony.  He thank all of the area politicians for taking time out of their busy schedules to honor the fallen veterans. A special thank you was given to the SG-VHV Team Members for the hard work put into this ceremony. 

Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:00

2017 SG-VHV Independence Picnic

SG-VHV THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR AN AWESOME 2017 INDEPENDENCE PICNIC!
Despite rainy weather, the Copperas Cove Civic Center was packed full of people for the Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans 9th Annual Independence Day Celebration on June 24, 2017.
The Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans invited veterans, the community, and their families to enjoy free food, drinks, and plenty of entertainment. The annual celebration is held to honor all branches of the military and all those who have served.
“I’m just glad that everyone came out and that they’re having a great time. Even with the rain, so many came,” said SG-VHV President Jonathan Haywood. “I just feel great about it.”
During the event, SGVHV honored some of those in attendance for their contributions to the community. Alither Mae Stephens, age 102, was presented with an electric wheelchair during the event in honor of her constant support of all military branches. Stephens was also made the second honorary SGVHV member.
Her son stated it was nice to see her get her flowers while she could see them and ironically at that time SGVHV presented her with a beautiful bouquet of yellow flowers donated by CC Walmart.
Sheila Timmons, Executive Director for SGVHV said she was really excited because Stephens was very talkative prior to the event, but after being given the wheelchair, she was moved to tears.
“I get touched when I hear about the soldiers, because we all forget. I remember growing up, it wasn’t there,” said Timmons. “Whenever I see a group of people honor the people who served and gave us our freedom, it touches me.”
During the event, the Star Group also presented Vietnam veteran David Guthrie with a 50th anniversary pin as thanks for having served in the Vietnam War.
“We come every year. We are glad to be a part of this,” said Bertha Lavalis, member of the Red Hatter Society’s group Blessed Sisters. Lavalis said that all of the members in the group have/had husbands that were Vietnam War veterans. “My husband was a veteran and he died because he had Agent Orange. It’s important for me to be a part of this in his place.”
In honor of the military, the event had a performance of “I am the Sergeant” which represented Sergeants dressed in uniforms from the various wars, which each telling the history. There was also as the Purple Heart Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall. The wall was on site so that those who attended could pay their respects to our fallen heroes who lost their lives during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thank you to Mr Footman for transporting the wall.
“I think it was wonderful,” said Martha Turner, who attended the event. “I’m very thankful for all that the soldiers do for us, and I thank God for all of it.”
“I think this is great. This is community. This is respect. This is human nature…Veterans Helping Veterans just cannot be duplicated,” said Mayor Frank Seffrood. “Everyone in this area has their lives touched in some way by a vet.”
The SGVHV is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose main goal is to be a voice in the community for veterans and to assist other citizens within the community. For more information about the group, visit their website at www.sg-vhv.org
The event was made possible through the support of several event sponsors including Platinum Sponsors: PCSI, the City of Copperas Cove, Century 21 & JR Herring Rentals, The National United Bank, Ted Smith Law Group, Linnemann Realty, Scott’s Funeral Home, All American Chevrolet, AFGE Local 1920 & District 10, the Copperas Cove, Killeen, and Harker Heights Walmart, Sam’s Club, and PEPSI.
Gold Sponsors included Minuteman Press Killeen and Operation Phantom Support.
Silver Sponsors included Lil’ Tex Family Restaurant, Bill French Jewelers, A Cut Above, Oliver Transmission, and Central Texas College.
Ice cream was donated by Blue Bell of Waco and freezer donated by Buddy's Home Furnishings Rental of Copperas Cove. Balloon decorations were by NJP Ballons of Killeen and Rolling Video Games of Killeen provided the game truck fun. Three (3) vehicles/trucks were on display by All American Chevrolet of Killeen and Fairway Sports Vehicles of Salado donated the golf carts to transport people to and from their vehicles.

Thank You to Everyone who made this Event possible and all the SGVHV members who worked so hard to make sure everything was great.

2017 IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN -- STUFF THE BUS on TAX FREE WEEKEND AUGUST 11th, 12th & 13th. 

Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans has partnered with Copperas Cove Walmart & Copperas Cove Independent School District to STUFF THE BUS. During that weekend SG-VHV is asking everyone to come out and support the effort to Fill the Bus in order to help students who may need assistance with their school supplies during the upcoming school year. You can participate by purchasing/donating school supplies or making monetary donations. COME OUT TO COPPERAS COVE WAL-MART and be a part! 

FREE hot dogs, drinks & fun!

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