Women Veterans, A Heart to Serve.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2016, VHVtv returned to the Media Center in Palo Alo, CA for our latest program, “Women Veterans, A Heart to Serve.” More women serve in the military, now more than ever before and can even serve in combat. These are unsung heroes. This segment of the veteran population does not always get the recognition they deserve for their military experience,



The guests are
James R. Morrison, co-author (along with wife Mara) of the photography book, “What Does A Woman Veteran Look Like?”
Carolann Wunderlin is a USAF veteran and serves as the American Legion District 13 Women Veterans Coordinator and works as a civilian for the USAF 129 Squadron at Moffett Field.
Renee Hamilton McNealy serves as an Army Reserves Master Sergeant and works as an advocate for the Army Wounded Warrior Program at the VA in Palo Alto.

This program is in post production.

It was great to return to the HD studio after being away for 7 months.
Lights, camera, action!




Vetsin Tech interviews.

“Veterans Helping Veterans” Host, Sheryl Shaffer, interviews “VetsinTech” co-founders Katherine Webster and Chris Galy. VetsinTech assists Veterans in developing their dream tech career through partnerships with leading Silicon Valley companies. ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s! “Vetsin Tech”

Filmed at the Mid Peninsula Media Center HD studio in Palo Alto on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. “Veterans Helping Veterans” is produced as a Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access series.

Are you interested in a career in opportunities for Veterans to receive training, obtain a career in tech and information in how to become an entrepreneur through ntech? There are incredible training opportunities and workshops presented by “Vetsin Tech.”

“Vetsin Tech” Co-Founders Katherine Webster and Chris Galy with host, Sheryl Shaffer 6




Veterans Helping Veterans TV won 2nd place at the First Women “Vetsin Tech” Hackathon at Facebook 2014!
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Veterans Day!


Happy Veterans Day! Every day should be Veterans Day! Here’s our Veterans Story.

My mother, Blanca Armida Romero Hoke Shaffer, served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, the WAAC, during WWII.

My father, James C. Hoke spent a career in the U.S. Marine Corps. Here is my parents wedding photo, 1942.

My mother divorced my birth father when I was 3 months old and married James W. Shaffer Jr., who had a career in the U.S. Marine Corps for 33 years. He raised me since I was 6 months old.

Since I was born at Camp Pendleton, CA and grew up as a military brat, it was a natural transition to serve in the military.
Sheryl Shaffer served as a Personnel Specialist in the Women’s Army Corps, WAC, from 1968 until 1971 and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.
Ft. Knox, Ky 1970.


I serve as an active member and a Veteran Advocate in AMVETS Post 34 San Francisco.
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AMVETSdelegates AMVETS Convention Delegates.

In August 2015, I became a member of the American Legion Post 43, Hollywood.

It is through active participation in Veteran Service Organizations, that we are able to receive the benefits we do as Veterans. Join a Veteran Service Organization in your community and make a difference for Veterans.

Happy Veteran Day!


LACMA, Veterans Make Movies.

During the Summer of 2016, I completed the “Veterans Make Movies” program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA. This program is free and is a collaboration with LACMA and the Los Angeles Public Library. Very appreciative and grateful for this opportunity to learn film making. These new skills allows me to film more on location and shorter interviews.

The Veterans Make Movies program is offered free through the Los Angeles Public Library system and is an 8 week course taught on the weekends.20160706_083745_001-1 It is a wonderful opportunity for any veteran who is interested in learning the techniques of film making.


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Here is my student film on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/185586150

LACMA, Veterans Make Movies.

Scan0037 Excited about the screening of my first 3 min. film, “LAG SHOT.” Our screening at LACMA, was Saturday, September 10.

U.S. VETS interviews.

A while back, we interviewed veterans and staff at the U.S. VETS in Riverside County.

U.S. VETS Interviews were filmed April 2013 at March A.R.B., Riverside, CA and was a collaboration with Jennifer M. Crandell and Jesse Austin. We are members of the Veterans Film Television  L.A.  (R) Executive Director Erica Gomez.

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Winner of the 2013 W.A.V.E. Award for Performing Arts/ Professional.

Formerly homeless veterans Tomas Montoya, Larry Jordan, Bennie McDaniel, and Garry L. Miller tell us how they overcame barriers like alcohol and drug addiction to become self sufficient with the help from U.S. VETS.

They offer their best advice to other homeless vets. Larry Williams, acting Executive Director of U.S. VETS tells his personal story and how he ended up in his job. These are wonderful stories of struggle and redemption, veterans out reaching to other veterans. There are many problems facing homeless veterans and there are solutions like U.S. VETS. Interviews conducted April 8, 2013 at U.S. VETS, Riverside, CA.

Here is the playlist for those interviews.

U.S. VETS interviews.

My Father’s Flag.

A few years ago, I went on a trip to New Orleans, LA to attend the AMVETS National Convention. While there, I visited the National WWII Museum. This truly wonderful and informative exhibit presents an overall view of WWII that is both astonishing and remarkable, made even more so, by 2 minute “first hand” accounts, oral histories of people, both veterans and civilians who were there. These accounts of what they witnessed are truly moving and inspiring. All aspects of the war are presented, all sides of the story, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is an impressive museum and when I came to the section about Guadalcanal, I was overwhelmed by what I saw there.

My father, James Clarence Hoke, a Kansas farm boy, was 17 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Scan0021

A proud member of the First Marine Division, he was sent to Guadalcanal in August of 1942. Scan0020

He was in hand to hand combat, where he killed the Japanese Army “Superior Private” flag bearer.


This Japanese flag was something I heard about my whole life and when my father passed on, he had left me the flag. guaduadacanal.jpg
This moment, back in 1942, was the shining moment of my father’s life. If he had lost the battle, I would not be here.

A year later he was sent to a military hospital near Little Rock, Arkansas to recuperate from his war wounds and tropical diseases. He met my mom, Blanca A. Romero, on a blind date, and they were married shortly thereafter. Mom served in the Women’s Army Auxilliary Corps (WAAC) when she first met my father.


I never really fully understood until I saw the Guadalcanal exhibit there at the WWII museum. My father loved the Marine Corp more than anything. He retired as a Master Gunny Sergeant after 25 years of military service.

The visit to the museum made me think of his sacrifice and what he had to do to survive, really make me think and to appreciate the “Greatest Generation.” My father passed away, before the museum was built but in memory to my father, his Japanese battlefield flag has been donated to the National WWII museum. He was so proud of that battlefield flag.

My generation, the baby boomers, are lucky; we are the children of these brave men and women willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy in this country. How lucky are we. My regret is that I was not able to share a visit to the WW2 museum with my parents.

This is a plea to all you people out there with friends and family who served during WWII, take the time, if you can, and honor your loved ones by taking them to the National WWII Museum.

Listen to their stories, try to understand what they are saying, appreciate and honor them for their service. They changed the world and made it a better place for all of us to live. Honor your national treasures, those of the greatest generation and take them to the National WWII museum, you owe it to them.

How To Be A Guest on VHVtv.


We invite you to be a guest on the “Veteran’s Helping Veterans” television series.  If you would like to be a guest on our show, please contact Producer Sheryl Shaffer at
sherylalexa13@gmail.com.  We request that guests be in the Media Center studio, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA, no later than 5:30 p.m.   It takes about an hour to set up lights, cameras and sound equipment.  All guests are required to sign a Talent Release.

6 “Vetsin Tech” Co-Founders Katherine Webster and Chris Galy were interviewed 4/20/2016 at the HD studio at the Media Center, Palo Alto, CA.

We present individuals and groups that work on behalf of veterans. Vets Helping Vets TV is filmed as a Public, Educational and Government (PEG) community access TV show and is filmed at the Mid Peninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA.

Media Center Producer Agreement

The Mission of VHVtv is to present training, jobs and benefits information to veterans.

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Interviews about the “NPower SF Bay Area” program at the College of San Mateo. Filmed April 2015.

No shows are filmed in August and December.

We encourage veterans to join a Veteran Service Organization like the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Bill Harrison Documentary.

Bill Harrison Documentary.

Bill Harrison Documentary – OFFICIAL TRAILER from 3 Veterans Media, Inc. ™ on Vimeo.

Documentary Coming Soon!

This is an incredible true story of World War 2 U.S. Navy veteran, Blll Harrison. The VECSM, the Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo, partnered with 3 Veterans Media, Inc., a San Francisco base production company to tell the extraordinary story of Bill Harrison, a 93 year old World War 2 U.S. Navy Veteran of how he and his shipmates survived out in the ocean with no food or water.

The following Veteran Service Organizations: AMVETS Post 34 SF and Post 53 Redwood City, American Legion Post 105 Foundation, RWC., American Legion Post 848, the Military Honors Detail 22 and the American Legion Riders of San Jacinto, VFW Post 69, RWC., Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 464 Redwood City and the Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo, the VECSM, have contributed for the production of this project.

VHVtv Story.

VHVtv, Veterans Helping Veterans TV, is the first veteran-based PEG TV talk show. It started at the Mid Peninsula Media Center in Palo Alto, CA in 1996. http://midpenmedia.org/

At the time, I was an Employment Development Department Job Service Vet Rep in San Mateo. Sheryl Shaffer.


One of the DVOP’s, Jim Blank and I went to the Media Center. We pitched the concept to their Executive Director Elliot Margolies. He immediately said yes. Two weeks later we were in the Media Center studio filming our first program. VHVtv is a Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access show. The first program was about jobs for veterans and the Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo, the VECSM. firsttv[1]

From that point forward, we realized that we had a fantastic way to outreach to veterans to educate them about their benefits and provide supportive services as needed. Interviews are with veteran leaders, veterans service organizations and military supporters and provide a unique way to not only present job services to vets but to educate family members about benefits. I retired from the EDD in 2004.

The original VHVtv sponsors were from Veteran Service Organizations in San Mateo County such as the American Legion Post 409 and 585, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 464 and the Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo, the VECSM. From 2009 to 2013, we received grants from the AMVETS Department of California, to continue to produce our video outreach at the Media Center in Palo Alto, CA.

In 2013 and 2014, our on location interviews about “U.S. VETS” and the “Riverside County Dept. of Veteran Services” videos were sponsored by the AMVETS CA Women Veterans Committee.

Vets Helping Vets TV has come a long way since our first show and continues to improve our production values. We are now able to get out of the studio and do more on location stories and shorter interviews.

Since April 2015, the 2 half hour programs filmed in the HD studio at the Mid Peninsula Media Center were sponsored by the guests.

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NPower SF Bay Area.


On Tuesday April 21, 2015, VHVtv returned to the newly renovated MidPen Media Center HD studio in Palo Alto for our latest episode “N Power SF Bay Area.” IT training for Post 911 vets.

VHVtv presents “NPower SF Bay Area.” Providing Veterans with the tech skills to achieve their potential. Interviews are with Jeanine Cowan, the NPower Training Manager at the College of San Mateo and veteran students Katie Rogers and James Roe.

For more information, please contact Jeanine Cowan, the TSC Program Manager, San Francisco Bay Area, 650-378-7282.
College of San Mateo
1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402