KINGSTON — Joshua Baker, a Navy petty officer first class stationed at Naval Base Kitsap, has won a home lawn makeover from Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers.
Baker is one of four winners of the coalition’s Operation Home Turf veteran appreciation program. Each winner will receive a spring lawn revitalization valued at $500. Grass Seed USA will hire a local contractor in the spring to evaluate each winner’s lawn and implement the lawn care.
Baker enlisted in the Navy shortly after high school, seeing it as a good way to start a career. He has been deployed on nuclear submarines all over the world, and he completed a bachelor’s degree in workforce education by taking night, weekend and online classes.
He is currently on deployment and his wife is at home caring for their four children. “Finding time to maintain their lawn has become impossible,” according to Grass Seed USA.
Baker and the other winners were randomly selected from the nominations of servicemen and servicewomen received through Grass Seed USA’s Facebook page.
“It is an honor to be able to reward deserving service members, both past and present, for their dedication to our country by providing a new or improved lawn,” coalition executive director Bryan Ostlund said in a press release.
“These home lawn makeovers are just a small token of our appreciation for their service, but we hope that by helping them create a relaxing retreat on the home front we can let them know their sacrifices are recognized and appreciated.”