This man moved veterans' courts in all 50 states

This man moved veterans' courts in all 50 states

A 29-year-old man traveled to all 50 states to charge for free US troops for free.

Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama, came to Hawaii on Thursday, finishing a journey around the country honoring old soldiers by helping them with yard work.

Photo: In this undated photograph, Rodney Smith Jr is shown in New York as he travels to all 50 states to cut free pitches for old soldiers. Courtesy Rodney Smith Jr.
This undated photograph shows Rodney Smith Jr in New York as he travels to all 50 states to make free pitches for veterans.

He said that he had received the inspiration for the project almost five years ago, when he was going on with his Bachelor degree and searching for an objective in his life.

"I remember God asking me to use it as a vessel," he said.

Photo: In this undated photograph, Rodney Smith Jr is pictured in Virginia traveling to all 50 states to make a free lawn for old soldiers. Courtesy Rodney Smith Jr.
This undated photograph shows Rodney Smith Jr in Virginia traveling to all 50 states to make a free lawn for old soldiers.

In 2015, he said he was driving home in Huntsville when he saw an elderly man trying to remove his lawn.

"He looked at the story that he was struggling, so I pulled him and helped him," he said. "That's when I got my goal to cut free pitches for the elderly, individuals and the elderly."

He said that it was his mission immediately, and when he realized that there were a lot more of the grounds to be involved than he could be alone, he recruited young people in his community to participate.

"Boys and girls are taking part in the program," he said. "We want to encourage boys and girls to go out there and make a difference, making one lawn at a time."

Photo: This undated photograph shows Rodney Smith Jr in Alabama traveling to all 50 states to make a free lawn for veterans.Courtesy Rodney Smith Jr
This undated photograph shows Rodney Smith Jr in Alabama traveling to all 50 states to make free pitches for veterans.

He started the "Lawn Challenge 50," encouraging young people in their communities to go out there and to help those who might be struggling with their own yard work by cutting 50 pitches.

"A few months later, we went viral to the internet," he said. ABC News reported on its efforts in 2017.

"At present, there are about 400 children across the country taking part in the 50 Yard Challenge," he said.

Smith has traveled to all 50 states to promote his work in 2017 and 2018, but this is the first time he has been doing to raise awareness for old soldiers.

"I thought I would travel to all 50 states to make people more aware of the base," he said.

Photo: In this undated photograph, Rodney Smith Jr is shown in Tennessee traveling to all 50 states to make free pitches for veterans. Courtesy Rodney Smith Jr.
This undated photograph shows Rodney Smith Jr in Tennessee traveling to all 50 states to make a free lawn for old soldiers.

While he drove his SUV through each of the 48 states in mainland US. He says Delta Airlines helped to reach the last two states, Alaska and Hawaii, after he tweeted them.

"I have come across so many old soldiers who are struggling to cut their lawn," he said. "If they served our country, we should step up for them."

"This is the smallest thing we can do," he said. "This is the last thing they have to worry about."

Photo: In this undated photograph, Rodney Smith Jr is pictured in North Dakota traveling to all 50 states to make a free lawn for old soldiers. Courtesy Rodney Smith Jr.
This undated photograph shows Rodney Smith Jr in North Dakota traveling to all 50 states to make free pitches for veterans.

Smith said that he receives support for his trip and organization from people around the country.

"They give me rooms to stay, they buy the hotel room," he said. "Sometimes they fill my gas tank up."

Smith estimates that he has spent at least 2,500 meters since 2015, and said he finally got his purpose: "My goal is to help people."

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