What lengths would somebody go to pay the military veterans their respects? Often on the internet, there are inspiring and heart-warming stories about this, and sometimes you will discover one that will make you reexamine all your doings.
Rodney Smith Jr. of Huntsville from Alabama wanted to thank veterans for their service to this country and traveled across the country mowing their lawns for free.
How was it started?
This hero without a cape suggests that when he pursued his bachelor's degree and searched for purpose in his life, he received the inspiration for the project almost five years ago. "I remember asking God as his ship to use me," he said.
In 2015, when he saw an older adult attempting to mow his lawn, he said he was driving home in Huntsville.
"It looked like he was fighting, so I was pulling over and helping him," he said. "That's when I got my objective for the elderly, single moms, and veterans to mow lawns for free." He said he made this his mission right away, and when he realized that there were many more lawns to mow.
He hired young people for involvement in his society.
"The program includes boys and girls," he said. "We're attempting to encourage children and women to get out there and make a difference, one lawn at a time." He began the "50 Lawn Challenge," encouraging youth in their societies to go out there and assist those who might struggle with their yard by mowing 50 lawns on their own. They came viral on the internet a few months later.
Struggling to Acclimate
Once they return home, veterans have a hard time adapting. They strive to adapt to' civilian life' after their military service. Statistics indicate that about twenty thousand injured or ill veterans are not finding employment.
While awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has risen for veterans in the latest years, many psychologists claim it is not sufficient. We are still forgetting the horrific incidents witnessed by veterans while serving abroad. They are suffering from unimaginable psychological trauma. They need help to get back into culture, and it's individuals like Smith, also a military veteran, who help them, regardless of the price.
All 50 States Are Visited
Smith traveled to all 50 countries in 2017 and 2018 to support his job, but this is the first time he has done it to increase veterans consciousness. "To make people more conscious of the foundation, I believed I would travel to all 50 countries," he said.
While driving his SUV on the U.S. mainland across all 48 countries, he claims that Delta Airlines assisted him in reaching his last two states, Alaska and Hawaii, after tweeting them.
Smith said he receives assistance from people across the nation for his journey and his organization. "They're giving me places to stay, they're buying the room in the hotel," he said. "Sometimes, my gas tank is filled up."
Smith estimates that at least 2,500 lawns have been mowed since 2015 and said that he lastly discovered his purpose: "My real aim in life is to help people."