BrightView’s Landscaping Donation Completes Injured Veteran's New Home
BrightView volunteers partnered with Homes For Our Troops to design, install landscaping to benefit a local hero
BrightView’s vision of creating and maintaining the best landscapes on Earth is often associated with world-renowned resorts, golf courses, and other eye-popping venues.
Recently, that vision meant brightening the landscaping for a severely injured veteran.
Through BrightView’s ongoing partnership with Homes For Our Troops — a nonprofit organization which builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans — BrightView designed and planned the lawn and landscaping for Cpl. Dan Lasko, a Marine who was on a recon mission when an improvised explosive device detonated as his vehicle drove through a pass in Afghanistan. Dan lost his left leg below the knee and sustained a traumatic brain injury and other injuries.
In addition to donating the materials, BrightView volunteers joined neighbors and community members to install the new lawn and garden beds. From mulching and planting trees, shrubs, and flowers to laying 30,000 square feet of sod, the corps of volunteers transformed Lasko’s yard into a place where his family can create memories for years to come.
“This means a lot to us,” Lasko said. “I want to thank BrightView for all their hard work and for showing their support.”
“BrightView greatly values our veterans and all they’ve done for our country,” said Tariq Ahmed, BrightView Vice President and General Manager, Northeast. “It’s our honor to be a part of a project that will brighten the Lasko home. I am extremely thankful for and proud of our team who made this project come to life.”
“We are very grateful for BrightView’s contribution to our veterans and to the Lasko family,” said Chris Mitchell, Director of Development for Homes For Our Troops. “Their home is their world and BrightView has made their world a better place through this very generous and kind gift.”
Last year, BrightView completed a similar project for an injured veteran in Sacramento, Calif.
BrightView’s commitment to veterans can also be seen through our Employee Resource Group (ERG), BrightView Recognizing and Acknowledging Veteran Opportunities, or BRAVO. The ERG was proposed by a group of veteran BrightView leaders and celebrates military service and the recruitment of veterans for every BrightView line of business, as well as helping establish BrightView as a veteran-friendly organization both within the company and in the community.
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