Scholarship recipient Nathaniel Smith, left, is congratulated by Kingwood Fallen Heroes Founder Scott Mitchell.

Kingwood and neighboring communities turned out strong in late April for the annual Kingwood Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Tournament at the Clubs of Kingwood,and that ongoing support will result in $68,000 being donated to affiliated groups in 2018. This year’s grants will bring total dollars gifted to $533,000 since the tournament began in 2012.

The annual event was founded in 2012 by Scott Mitchell to honor three Kingwood residents who died while serving their country in Middle Eastern combat zones. U.S. Army Sgt. Bill Meeuwsen died in Iraq in 2005; U.S Marine Lance Cpl. Luke Yepsen died in Iraq in 2006; and U.S Marine Sgt. Brandon Bury died in Afghanistan in 2010.

According to Mitchell, “Our primary goal of this annual event is to continue our promise and commitment to their families that their ultimate sacrifices will never be forgotten.”

“A second goal is to raise funds to help support our active military currently serving in foreign lands and combat zones and U.S. veterans and their families with special needs. Our key partners – Blue Star Mothers of America, Hope for the Warriors, Operation Military Embrace, and CreatiVets – do great work supporting our mission and we are happy to continue providing financial support. Other grant recipients included Rolling Thunder-Chapter 2 and The Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Art Gallery in Houston. One additional grant included in this total will soon be made to the Creekwood Middle School Veteran Honor Garden at their Veteran’s Day memorial service,” Mitchell said.

The group’s “never forgotten” mission is further supported by co-funding scholarships with Rolling Thunder for graduating seniors at Kingwood High School, honoring each of the fallen heroes. This years’ recipients included Megan Eichler, who now attends Baylor University, Aaron Cruseturner, who now attends the University of Arkansas, and Nathaniel Smith, who now attends Prairie View A&M University.

Mitchell said, “Despite the fact that our community is still recovering from the awful floods of Hurricane Harvey, people continued their wonderful support just as they have since we began seven years ago. It was another great day in Kingwood as we came together once again to celebrate our heroes and to give something back to those who have given so much. We hope folks will learn more about each of our key partner organizations by visiting each of their websites and consider additional donations. We want to sincerely thank our community and sponsors for once again stepping up to support this most important cause, to remember our local fallen heroes, and to invite everyone to join us again for our next event tentatively scheduled next April at The Clubs of Kingwood.”

More information about the Kingwood Fallen Heroes group, an approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, can be found at or by calling Don Mitchell at 713-898-6694.