The Grasshopper Company has donated a commercial zero-turn mower to Tom Trotter, a 28-year-old retired Marine from West Melbourne, Fla., in partnership with comedian Jeff Foxworthy and San Antonio-based Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF).
Grasshopper and MWSF representatives presented Trotter with his new Grasshopper mower during a turkey hunt at Foxworthy’s Georgia farm in early April. The hunt and presentation was the subject of the April 29 episode of Jeff Foxworthy “Inside & Out,” an online Web series sponsored in-part by Grasshopper. View the episode here.
Grasshopper selected Trotter from a pool of candidates provided by MWSF, veterans who had previously been selected for 100 percent mortgage-free homes through its Homes4WoundedHeroes program, due to his experiences while on active duty and his dream of owning and operating a lawn care business. In 2011, Trotter was wounded in combat while on patrol in Afghanistan, which left him paralyzed in his left arm for eight months and eventually resulted in his medical retirement from the Marine Corps in 2012.
Trotter says that receiving the new mower is one of the highlights of his life, and it will help jump-start his professional lawn care business. He is currently working on a business plan for his lawn care company, which will serve the Brevard County area in central Florida.
Grasshopper plans to continue its partnership with MWSF and donate a mower to a combat-wounded veteran on an annual basis. Veterans interested in receiving a mower in the future should contact Military Warriors Support Foundation, militarywarriors.org, for more information about qualifications and applications.
Photo: From left: Trent Guyer, Grasshopper; Tom Trotter; Brent Burns, Foxworthy Outdoors; and Josh Kinser, Military Warriors Support Foundation.