On Saturday, the community came together to assist a veteran in need after he received a letter from the City of Brentwood Code Enforcement regarding trees that needed to be removed.
Once made aware of the code enforcement notice, Brentwood City Councilwoman Karen Rarey worked with the city on a resolution.
According to Rarey, the man was a retired Navy Veteran who has had medical issues over the past few years and was out of work—including being in a coma for a month, was in the hospital for six-weeks. She also added that in 2017, he had a stroke and had to relearn how to walk while being out of work for year.
“He has had a lot of difficulties, so I reached out to the city and asked what we could do to help this family with their code violation and we waived the fees,” said Rarey. “I reached out to VFW Post Commander Steve Lopez Todd and he jumped into action.”
According to Steve Todd, they took out six trees as part of the community service to help the veteran out.
Volunteers Saturday included members of the community, Brentwood Rotary, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Firefighters, Cal North Construction, and Archie’s S&Q Smoked and BBQ Meats who provided a barbecue for the volunteers.