veteran soluting to the flag


Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans Members make sure to participate in area Events that pay tribute to Veterans. There are no words for the tremendous emotions a person experiences by participating in Wreath for Vets. 

During the opening ceremony the speaker referenced the following powerful statement;
After World War I, Calvin Coolidge, as part of his acceptance speech for the Republican vice-presidential nomination on July 27th 1920, cautioned the country against abandoning its social contract with its warriors, 'The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.’

Laying holiday wreaths actually began in 2007 when the Wreaths Across America organization sent six wreaths to our cemetery and every other veterans cemetery in the United States to be laid in honor of each military service branch and POW/MIA. But Ms Jean Shine of Shine Realty in Killeen TX believed that there should be a wreath laid at each grave at the Central Texas State Cemetery and within three days, she had gathered 400 wreaths and volunteers to make it happen.  Her tradition continues today. During the opening ceremony, Ms Shine was honored for her outstanding contribution. But as our president, Mr Haywood always says “Give them their flowers while they can see them”. Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans salutes Ms Jean Shine for this awesome tradition and her love and devotion to our Veterans. 


Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans also takes this time to personally visit the resting places of our Members & Loved Ones. This year the SGVHV attendance was phenomenal with the following 19 members in attendance.  Stanley Davis , Nikki Jones, Howard Hawk, Evelyn Peel, Dra Hill, James Brown, Dale Treadway, Dorothy Griffin, Adrian Atkinson, Karen Powell, Katrina Washington, Yolanda Jenkins, Diane Anderson, Morris Anderson, Denise Davis, John Cook, Sheila Timmons, Acquanetta Pullins and Stephanie Mello.

With honor and respect we visited and prayed for the following:
Deceased Veterans & SG-VHV Team Members

James “Don” Bailey 

Willie Browning

William “Bill” Gordon

Jimmie Hensley (CC Cemetery)

Elijah King

David “Dave” Lehmkuhler 

Martinez (Gatesville)


Deceased Veterans & Family of SG-VHV Team Members 

Suzanne Belland 

Mark Mello

Earnest Peel

Keith Pullins 

As we enter into the Holidays remember those who served for our freedom.

The season of giving thanks and reaching out to help locals in need was in full swing at the headquarters of Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans on Saturday morning, November 18, 2017 as the volunteer community service organization distributed more than 400 bags filled with the trimmings for a Thanksgiving dinner, along with turkeys.
Remarks were made prior to the kick­off by Jonathan Haywood, SG-VHV presi­dent, Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood, CCISD superintendent Joe Burns, as well as Ramona Bellard, Executive Officer of the Killeen Independent School District.

Mr Haywood thanked the businesses and individuals who stepped up to help fund the baskets. He said
“Today our kids, our families, our com­munities are being blessed. Every year we say this, but again today we are going to prove there are no boundaries between our kids, there are no community lines that divide us.
Adding that the first 200 baskets are going to the HARP programs at CCISD and KISD. Those programs assist stu­dents and their families who have been identi­fied as homeless. Dr. Burns said in CCISD, there are 185 stu­dents who are affected and aren’t living under their own roofs, but either with family and friends, or otherwise. Ms. Bellard indicated more than 1,000 KISD students are af­fected.
Dr. Burns in turn thanked SG-VHV for their presence in the local community. “Anywhere there is good being done, SGVHV is in the middle of it,” Burns said. “Their Volunteers do a tremendous job. They just give until they can’t give anymore and are able to generously give because of what people give to them. “It’s important to us because we see so many families that when school is out, they lose the ability to have a hot meal every day. So some of our kids go home and the last hot meal they’ll have is the one they get before they go home for Thanksgiving, and the first hot meal is the one they get when they go back to school after Thanksgiv­ing holiday...There’s some folks living in tough times right now.”

Mayor Frank Seffrood expressed his thanks to SG-VHV and talked about how efforts to help others in the community have grown over the years. “Years ago, we didn’t have what we have now,” Seffrood said, sharing about times when he was the food drive chairman for the local postal union. He stated after time passed he was able to start collecting cash dona­tions and canned goods at the local Walmart store, and how the ini­tiative grew each year. “Like with Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans which started with a small nucleus,” Mayor Seffrood said. “The community needs help, and we are the com­munity. Communities don’t have city limits, because then you limit what you have to work with. I’m sure glad we don’t have limits that apply to Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans. I came from the poor, so I know what it’s like to want somebody to help. That be­ing said, I’ll help now.

“Haywood said the num­ber of baskets assembled was due to the Premier Corporate Sponsors: PSCI, J R Herring Rentals/Century 21 Copperas Cove, National United Bank, Linnenman Realty, Ted Smith Law Group PLLC, Scott’s Funeral Home, All American Chevrolet and AFGE Local 1920/District 10 along with donations from groups and individuals, adding that this year, the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors donated 150 tur­keys this year. Additionally, a vendor from the Clear Creek Commissary made a $1,500 donation, which came in handy after the group did its calculations on Tuesday and Wednesday to see what they still needed to fill the baskets. He also thanked Sam’s Club, Scott’s Fu­neral Home, Refresh Spa, Walmart, PCSI, National United Bank, Operation Phantom Support, along with donors like one elderly man, who Mr. Haywood spoke with his daughter and son-in-law prior to accepting his donation, because Hay­wood wanted to make sure no one thought the group was taking advantage of anyone. “We’re not takers, we’re givers,” Haywood said. “If you start taking, you can’t get your bless­ings.”
More than half of the meeting room was filled with bags of red and navy blue, with groups of bags sorted by colors and labeled for their final destinations for AFGE Union, DAV 29, Fort Hood Chapels, Harker Heights Vet Center, CCISD HARP program, Ft. Hood Communities In Schools, KISD KILLEEN/Harker Heights/Nolanville HARP program, Lil Tex Restau­rant, SG-VHV Individual Recipents, the Copperas Cove Soup Kitch­en, WIC, The Little Yellow House, Women Army Corp, and Jesus Hope Ministry Shelter. These businesses and entities then, in turn, distribute the bags to those families who’ve already been identified as needing a hand for Thanksgiving.

Then the distribution began with individuals and families lined up around the building there to collect their Thanksgiving bags & Turkeys. All the youth were given candy canes as they came through the door, near the SGVHV Christmas tree. Continental breakfast was offered in the back for those who wanted something to eat.

Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans volunteers worked diligently to ensure everyone received their Thanksgiving bags and turkeys to start the holiday with a smile.

Next up Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans boots will hit the ground in full force as the focus will be on the children, as we start collecting gifts for children & staff at Sunshine Head Start for Christmas, as well as purchasing toys for the children named on the Cop­peras Cove Soup Kitchen Tree, obtaining items needed for Killeen Jesus Hope homeless shelter and other organizations in need.

Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans also thanks all the citizens who made donations. And all our members who sacrificed their time, talents and financial support.

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 ( 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. 

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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 or (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. 

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