The TreeARMY Co was founded on the premise of helping fellow veterans reintegrate into the community by giving them a purpose, a feeling of self worth and mission. The legend we call Master Chains found too many of his soldiers and brethren were struggling to find employment, housing, and losing the battle to unseen wounds such as TBI and PTSD.
"As a senior NCO in the US Army, it was my duty to identify solutions to issues my soldiers were facing and help them succeed. One of my soldiers was having a very hard time after being discharged from the Army. He was using substances to self medicate, destroying his family and career. I invited him to come out and help me to cut a few trees down for a neighbor. Once we got in the rhythm of working with the chainsaws and ropes and physically moving the lumber, his entire demeanor changed. He was calmer, able to laugh, and we were able to finish the project in record time. I think we both enjoyed that day more than we expected. A few weeks later he reached out to me to share how much that moment meant to him. What a sense of calm he felt handling the chainsaw, having a task and feeling of accomplishment, being back on a team. he shared that he had wanted to end his life and that he had gotten the help he needed because he identified what was missing in his life. I knew in that moment that we could make a difference and give back."
Today The TreeARMY Co, is a full service tree company serving all Boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Orange Counties. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, fair prices and tree work done with the health and safety of your trees in mind. We work closely with Government agencies, The NYC Parks Department, The Botanical Garden and many others to ensure our equipment and techniques are the best of the best.
TreeARMY employs veterans and military dependents, donates all hard wood to veterans to heat their homes, donates mulch to local NYC community gardens and volunteers its services and vehicles at Natural Disaster zones around the country!
Give us a call today at 646-887-2899!
This week we're giving a shout out to Jo, from New York City ?
Jo learned to climb as a child, her first job was running a zip line and ropes course, but her love of climbing was solidified in the US Army. When she got out of the Army, her and her husband started The TreeARMY Co. to help transitioning service members learn valuable job skills and have a team of veteran treeple behind them all the way!
"I love being outdoors and being active. There is something so peaceful about being in the trees and feeling the sun on your face. I also really love that every day and every tree is unique, each has its own problem that needs to be solved!" ?
When asked about her biggest struggle in the industry, Jo responded "I mostly struggle with finding gear and clothing that is my size. I love when people underestimate me because I am a woman, the look on their faces when I prove them wrong is worth all the struggle with doubts and ridicule in a male-dominated field."
Jo's favorite piece of gear? "I love my helmet! We bought Protos with Sena coms for the whole crew from TreeStuffDotCom and I finally have a helmet that I can wear comfortably with my long hair!" ⛑
"I am an Army wife, mom of 5 beautiful kids, and I breed working Brazilian Mastiffs! I love big trucks and fighting for veterans!"
We asked Jo for one piece of advice that she'd offer to other women wanting to become an arborist, this is what she said, "There are so many naysayers out there and they will all come out once you are doing big things! Use the hate to propel yourself both professionally and personally. As women, we bring a unique skill set, perspective, and quality to tree work! Don't give up, don't back down! You are a beautiful badass!"
"Though I may be small, I am fierce!" ?
Thanks so much, Jo, for taking the time to share your story and awesome advice! Make sure to give @thetreearmyco a follow.
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