Wednesday, November 20, 2019 / by Scott Shine
Nov 11, 2019
On November 11, we commemorate U.S. veterans for their incredible acts of service, sacrifice and bravery. During this time when we contemplate and celebrate their lives and efforts, we look to extend our gratitude to so many real estate agents who go beyond their professional responsibilities to support veterans through numerous non-profit organizations, programs and activities in their communities.
According to the Office of the Texas Governor, in Texas alone there are an estimated of 1.5 million residing veterans. Texas also has one of the highest numbers of active duty and reserve members of the military. With this great population of veterans, it comes as now surprise that over 2,360 veteran organizations were registered in Texas – ranging in services, from assistance in transitioning to civilian life and supporting wounded veterans to advocating for veterans’ rights and legislation.
As the Armed Forces have long been an integral part of the history and culture of Texas, we want to share the inspiring stories of these Coldwell Banker affiliate real estate agents and their personal acts of service.
Jean Shine in Killeen, TX leads more than Shine Team Realtors – the top team affiliated with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors in Austin. She is a leader in service to the veteran community and has provided invaluable support for the U.S. Army as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Central Texas.
Shine’s foundation, Friends of the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery, works to guarantee that no veteran’s grave goes without a wreath during Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the past 11 years, Shine has led the Wreaths for Veterans ceremony. Last year, approximately 8,000 wreaths were laid out with the support of nearly 5,000 volunteers.
Shine was born in Germany where her father was stationed after WWII. While growing up as a military child, she relocated to several places with her family. It was after her husband Bill’s return from Vietnam that Shine settled in Killeen along with their children, before becoming a Realtor.
In an interview with Texas Appeal, Sine said, “The military teaches you to connect quickly with other people and to support each other … We need to be there for the soldiers, we want to place a wreath on every grave forever.”