An Alabama man is embarking on a tour around the country to mow lawns for veterans, and this week he continued his tour in Alaska.

Rodney Smith Jr. arrived in Anchorage on Monday to mow lawns for veterans to thank them for their service. So far, he has traveled to 48 states to mow lawns, with Alaska being his second to last stop before he flies to Hawaii to complete his tour. In addition to mowing lawns, he is also presenting veterans with a framed “thank you” letter.

Smith says he is doing this tour because he wants our veterans to know they are appreciated.

“When I was 15 I came across an elderly man mowing his lawn in Huntsville, Alabama and it looked like he was struggling, so I pulled over and helped him out,” Smith said. “That night I decided I would start mowing free lawns for the elderly, disabled, single moms and veterans.”

At first, Smith’s goal was to mow 40 lawns by the end of summer. A month and a half later he had mowed 100 lawns for free. That’s when he came up with the Raising Men Lawn Care Service.

As a part of his “Thank You For Your Service” tour Smith is also encouraging kids to participate in the “50 Yard Challenge”.

Smith is challenging kids to cut 50 lawns for free for the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans in their towns. His lawn care organization will send each child that participates in the challenge a different colored t-shirt for every 10 lawns that are mowed. Once 50 lawns are cut, Smith says he will visit, cut a few lawns and even deliver a brand new lawn mower!

For more information on how you can participate in the 50 Yard Challenge, visit