Man mows lawns for veterans in all 50 states

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Rodney Smith Jr., Irene Renee Jolly

FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Rodney Smith Jr., founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, looks skyward while talking with homeowner Irene Renee Jolly in Huntsville, Ala. Inspired to provide free lawn care several years ago, Smith said he has now completed a quest to provide free lawn care for veterans in every U.S. state, Friday, June 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man says he has completed his quest to mow lawns for veterans in all 50 states.

Rodney Smith Jr. tweeted Friday that he’s headed home from Hawaii after cutting grass in Oahu. He got to his last state with help from Delta Air Lines.

He says he will now continue providing free lawn care to the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans in Alabama.

Smith was inspired to begin a free yard mowing service in 2015 after seeing an elderly man cutting his lawn. That morphed into a mission to cut grass for service veterans in every U.S. state.

Smith drove across the country this spring posting photos of himself with veterans as he cut their lawns. Individual and corporate donations helped pay for hotel rooms and other expenses.

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