VFW Post 8577

Kelly Mitchell, a bartender at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577, sings Sunday during karaoke night.

Navy veteran Jayne Boyle, of Copperas Cove, enjoys singing to the tunes of blues singer Bonnie Raitt.

So when Boyle took to the stage inside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 on Sunday night, she belted out Raitt’s hit, “Something to Talk About.”

Boyle served for eight years in the military and looks forward to ending her week by spending quality time with her fellow service members and in Sunday night’s case, that included singing.

“We are all service connected and have a mission in protecting our country,” she said. “For me it’s about helping other people that are veterans, and continuing on through our younger generation by bringing some of our younger soldiers in here.”

VFW Post 8577 has hosted the karaoke weekends for its members every week for about a year. The event has become a tradition for area veterans.

“We just decided to get a group of us to have something to eat and we have a good time,” said Roger Teeters, senior vice commander of VFW Post 8577. “We help out in the community and help the veterans, and support the schools, but the importance of this is just good comradeship.”

About a dozen veterans and their families spent Sunday evening singing and listening to the talent take the stage.

“I think it’s good because some people aren’t big on making friends,” said Jerry Martin, manager of VFW Post 8577. “When they spend more time somewhere with someone, then they relate to them better and it makes them relax.”

Martin, a music major, has operated an entertainment company for more than a decade catering to a variety of community events. He said that’s part of the reason he decided to start the karaoke nights.

“There are some people that do karaoke after practicing in the mirror at their home for hours, and then they come and sing,” he said. “They may mess the song totally up, but they just have fun doing it. It’s not about trying to be a performer.”

Boyle said the friendly environment is what brings her back to the facility to sing at least once every week.

“When you get around a bunch of other veterans around here we have an awesome time and that’s the best thing about being here,” she said. “You always feel at home because most of the people in here have been through the same things you’ve been through in life. They might say you suck or you did great, but no matter what, it’s like a family.”

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