In 2022, Vermeerand Saluting Branches, a nonprofit organization that honors American service men and women by organizing volunteer tree and landscape care, worked together to give away a one-year lease of a custom-wrapped Vermeer AX17 brush chipper. This summer, both Vermeer and Saluting Branches named Josh Guin of Oak Bros Tree Care and Removal, Bloomington, Ill., as the winner of the one-year lease.
Upon receiving the brush chipper, Guin will partner with veteran groups around the Bloomington area to help select 12 veteran families to receive free tree care work at their homes. At the end of his one-year lease, Guin plans to invite all 12 families to a supper to meet with his team and celebrate what the veterans have done for our country.
As part of the campaign, people were encouraged to visit the Saluting Branch website to register for a chance to win a one-year lease of the brush chipper. Vermeer also sponsors the organization’s annual Day of Service in September, an event that organizes volunteer tree and landscape care at properties dedicated to veterans.
“Partnering with Saluting Branches has been a great experience for Vermeer. We have been able to honor those who have served for our country and to present someone with the opportunity to give back to the veterans within their community,” said Mark Core, Vermeer executive vice president of forage and lifecycle and chief marketing officer.