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Minnesota National Guard
Program Helps Military Families with Snow Removal

EVELETH- For military families with loved ones serving overseas, some of life's simplest tasks can become a chore But a nationwide program and an Iron Range company are hoping to help those families out
Eric Garman, of E & T Landscaping and Plowing in Eveleth, has been in business for nearly 22 years “We take care of 62 properties in winter for snow maintenance,” said Garman

This winter, Garman will be increasing his work load; all for a good cause “SnowCare for troops When they're deployed, whether it be the mom or the dad or whoever and they need a hand, that's what we're here for,” said Garman

The program is called “SnowCare for Troops” a winter spin off of “Project Evergreen, which provides lawn care for the families of troops deployed “We can take care of their sidewalks, we can shovel their driveway, plow their driveway, snow removal off of roofs, that's a big one this year, pretty much anything to do with snow we can do for them,” said Garman

“They serve for us and it's the least I can do,” said Garman Serving the families of those serving our country is exactly what Garman hopes to do “It's a burden that they don't have to deal with One less thing for them to worry about They've got enough going on with their loved on being deployed overseas or even just deployed active here in the states,” said Garman

Garman committed to the program just a few weeks ago and hasn't had any takers yet but he says he's ready and eager to assist Iron Range military families this winter, “Just trying to help out, patiently waiting for someone to call up and say ‘hey, I want my yard done’”

For more information on SnowCare for Troops, visit: http://wwwprojectevergreencom/scft

By Tracee Tolentino & photojournalist Kristian Tharaldson, FOX 21 News
Sat, 01/29/2011 - 9:48pm

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