May 15, 2015

Adkins Elementary School students and staff celebrated Armed Forces Day by welcoming a military veteran who knows the meaning of service, Staff Sgt. Johnnie Yellock II.

Staff Sgt. Yellock, who retired from the U.S. Air Force after sustaining leg injuries in Afghanistan, spoke to Adkins Aviators about his experiences in the military as well as the importance of service of all types – service to others, for instance. That dedication to service is a goal Staff Sgt. Yellock said he constantly strives to maintain.

“With both my parents having been in the military, I had a pretty good idea that I also wanted to enlist and serve,” he said. “Being in the military taught my parents values...

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Adkins Celebrates Armed Forces Day with Military Hero
May 5, 2015

A 450-strong crowd filed into the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown to attend the Helping a Hero Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Helping A Hero is a nonprofit that provides specially adapted homes for wounded veterans; the event honored volunteers who help empower the lives of wounded veterans and also raise the funds necessary to support them.

Deborah Duncan served as mistress of ceremonies and entertainment was provided by country singer Lee Greenwood, who is most well-known for his song “God Bless the USA.” U.S. Army retired specialist, Justin Lane, performed “Only A Mountain” along with an inspiring speech.

Charles W....

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Houston Heroes Honored
March 20, 2015
Helping A Hero home recipient SPC (Ret.) Aaron Estes with volunteer and "Grandmother," Dottie Wainwright, of Daughters of the American Revolution


Helping A Hero and Parker Built Homes to Break Ground on Adapted Home for Wounded Veteran

TAHLEQUAH, Okla., March 17, 2015 – On March 24, Mayor Jason Nichols, the Cherokee Nation, and Oklahoma State Senator (Retired) Jim Wilson will join Helping A Hero and Tulsa-based Parker Built Homes as they break ground on a customized adapted home for wounded warrior SPC (Ret.) Aaron Estes at 22288 Stick Ross Mountain Road, Tahlequah, OK 74464.  Post-9/11 veteran, Estes, is a member of the Tahlequah community with a story that has never been told. 

This is the organization's first adapted home to be built in Oklahoma, and the community is...

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February 20, 2015

By Brian Scott

Johnnie Yellock II has broken ground on a lot of special homes for American heroes, but this ground breaking will be the one he never forgets: his own.

On Thursday the non-profit group Helping-a-Hero broke ground in Lantana on a new, custom home for Yellock. Yellock serves as Veteran Liaison for the group that helps injured veterans, but is also one himself.

On July 6, 2013 while serving in the U.S. Air Force Combat Control, the vehicle Yellock was riding in drove over an I.E.D. nearly killing the North Texan. "I was catapulted up onto the top of the vehicles," said Yellock.

"I looked down and saw...

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Work Begins on Home for Wounded Veteran
February 20, 2015

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday in Lantana officially marked the start of work on a specially adapted home for severely wounded veteran, SSgt. (Ret.) Johnnie Yellock II, USAF.

Officials from Denton County and area communities gathered to mark the start of the four-bedroom wheelchair-accessible home on Verbena Lane in the Bandera neighborhood through

The home will be built by Highland Homes with four bedrooms, three adapted bathrooms, an office, extended patio and other accessible features. is building four homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has previously partnered on homes for five wounded warriors. In addition to the Lantana home...

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Officials break ground on Lantana home for hero


To the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom, we salute you.

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