|CH (COL) Clayton Hoffman|
|2001 Two Deer Trail
Amarillo, Texas 79124
|When DOD released the information that only 2-3 military personnel would be sent to military funerals, I was disappointed. Therefore in 2004, CPO Eloy Heras, USN, Retired and I started Volleys for Veterans. We enlisted other veterans to assist in providing what the family wanted for their veteran’s funeral. In addition to the folding of the flag and taps, Volleys for Veterans can provide full military honors to include three volleys, bagpipes, bells, patriot guard escorts of family and placing of 50-75 flags at the cemetery. I have five coordinators. Each week a coordinator takes calls from funeral homes and enlist the number of veterans needed for his detail. We have over 100 veterans on the roster who are willing to assist.
Last year volleys for veterans participated in 257 funerals in a twenty-five-mile radius of Amarillo, Texas. From January – May 2017 we have rendered 89 military funerals.