Speech to Text for Alabama man recalls impact of nationwide mowing campaign
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an alabama man committed to mowing lawns for disabled vets in all 50 states has finally finished his mission. the tour included a stop in okolona earlier this year where he donated two lawnmowers to two teens in hopes they will continue his legacy. wtva;s xavier harris had the chance to speak with him about his fifth time around the nation... i had the chance to speak with rodney smith, junior via facetime as he tells me he knows these roads all to well, he traveled thru all 50 states mowing lawns for veterans for free as a way of thanking them for their service. "i wasn't thinking this big at first i thought i was helping huntsville in all actuality i was helping the world." one yard at a time rodney smith junior says in his 5 times around the nation he's cut over two thousand five hundred yards. but this last time helping the disabled veterans meant so much more to him... "it was a beautiful experience, just to meet all the different veterans in different branches. some were in wwii, some were in vietnam, some went to afghanistan. just hearing their stories was amazing." in march, smith stopped in okolona. he donated two lawn mowers to two teens so they could take part in the 50 yard challenge... "its for kids to mow 50 free lawns free for the elderly single moms and veterans." and that 50 yard challenge comes with an incentive... "lets say you have a kid in mississippi that accepted the 50 yard challenge they make a sign saying i accept the 50 yard challenge and in return we send them a white raising men lawn care t-shirt once they mow 10 lawns they get an orange shirt and once they get to 50 we fly or drive to wherever they are we give them brand new mowers weed eaters and blowers. as smith wrapped up his trip the tweets he posted along the way -- landed him in the national spotlight and secured free flights with delta to alaska and hawaii. "they reached out and said they would be more than happy to help me out it was good they put me in first class i slept like a baby." tag smith plans to take his good deeds to every continent. he'll also shovel snow and rake leaves for those in need. he continues to encourage kids to mow lawns for free for the elderly, disabled, single moms and veterans. more or less a battle with high pressure and low pressure going on over