BrightView Provides Landscaping for Double Amputee Afghanistan War Veteran
BrightView team members in Florida contributed landscaping for U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Stefan Leroy
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors the nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders and their families, administering programs designed to inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
A recent Foundation program received support from BrightView, a project that benefited veterans of the U.S. Marines Corps and Air Force. BrightView provided around $7,500 worth of landscaping to a new home for retired Army Sgt. Stefan Leroy, a double amputee. The BrightView crew designed and installed the irrigation system for Sgt. Leroy’s new home in West Palm Beach, Fla. BrightView also installed more than 500 plants and trees and laid 5,000 square feet of sod.
Leroy was wounded in Afghanistan after stepping on an IED while helping carry a wounded comrade to an evacuation helicopter. Leroy has been making headlines since his retirement as a four-time Boston Marathon competitor.
”As a veteran myself, it was really nice to see that people do still care,” said Carlos Sanchez, BrightView Account Manager in Sunrise, Fla. Carlos oversaw the installation, which was fulfilled by 30 industry-wide volunteers.
BrightView recently launched an internal advocacy group called “BrightView Recognizing and Acknowledging Veteran Opportunities,” or BRAVO. This idea was proposed by a group of veteran BrightView leaders and will celebrate military service, assist in the recruitment of veterans for every BrightView line of business, and help establish BrightView as a veteran-friendly organization both internally and in the community.
“BrightView worked with local suppliers to have all landscape materials for the project donated, which enforced a community of support for this important donation,” said Kenneth Catalano, BrightView Branch Manager in Florida South.
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