The first Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day as it was known back then, took place on November 11, 1919 and honored those brave Americans who fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of Europe in World War I.

The holiday evolved into Veterans Day in 1954 when President Eisenhower proclaimed “In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”

Tomorrow we will recognize our veterans and Project EverGreen needs your help. Project EverGreen is expanding its popular GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops programs that provide no charge lawn care and maintenance, and snow and ice removal services for currently deployed military personnel and their families to include wounded and disabled veterans.

How great is the need? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability and the need for day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance services is a major need area.

SnowCare for Troops currently has more than 1,300 snow and ice contractors currently on board to provide these much needed services to the more than 3,700 families who have signed up to receive services. However, we need more contactors to join us in this effort, especially as the winter season arrives in certain parts of the country.

Its sister initiative, GreenCare for Troops currently serves more than 10,000 families with 4,000 lawn and landscape contracts participating. Military families participating in the program have received an array of services including aeration, fertilization, weed and disease control, mowing, tree removal and trimming, and general landscape maintenance.

SnowCare for Troops is underwritten by BOSS Snowplows and GreenCare for Troops is underwritten by the Toro Co.

Project EverGreen thanks you in advance for considering joining the effort – you will be glad you did.

How Can Contractors Volunteer?

If your company is interested in volunteering its services visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org  to complete the registration form and learn more.

How Do Families Sign Up?

Families of deployed or wounded personnel or disabled veterans needing assistance with snow and ice removal or lawn care and landscape services can sign up at www.ProjectEverGreen.org