One man is traveling the country to show his appreciation for veterans by cutting their lawns for free.

As WAFF48 reports, Rodney Smith Jr. began Raising Men Lawn Care Service (RMLCS) in 2015.

While a student at Alabama A&M University, Smith would mow the lawns for those who needed help. Smith has been spreading awareness about his care service over the last two years by mowing lawns in all 50 states.

Smith said:

“We mow grass for the elderly, disabled, single-parent mothers and veterans free of charge.”

In addition to honoring veterans, Smith’s program is designed to “keep our youth (girls & boys) on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society.”

As a part of this, he is encouraging kids worldwide to participate in the “50 Yard Challenge.” 

The website states:

We challenge you to cut 50 lawns FREE for the elderly, disabled, single mothers, and the veterans in your town. If you accept this challenge, all you need to do is send us a photo of you holding a sign saying “I accept the 50 Yard Challenge”, and in return, we’ll send you your white RMLCS shirt along with shades & ear protection to get you started. For every 10 lawns cut, you will get a new color shirt.

Currently, Smith is completing his “Thank You For Your Service Tour,” which he began in early May in Huntsville, Alabama.

Smith told WBAL11:

“I’ve come across so many veterans. They fear sometimes getting fined by their city because their grass is too high. That should be the least of their worries.”

Smith has been visiting Joe Gruzinsk and his family’s home for the last four years to mow their lawn. Gruzinski is a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955.

Gruzinsk said:

“Boy, what a wonderful guy he is that he’s willing to help the seniors. Unbeknownst to us, we came home, I was walking at the time, and he was cutting the lawn. And when he was finished, he came in and we had a discussion, and he says, ‘Do you mind if I come back here?’ I said, ‘Not at all.'”

According to the RMLCS website, Smith has mowed over 2,000 lawns.

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