Veteran-run business devastated after thieves steal their equipment, community rallies to help

"We’re going to survive. I really thought our company was going to die."
July 25, 2018 9:38 am Last Updated: July 25, 2018 9:38 am

In January 2018, Cody Nichols joined forces with Marcus Morgan and Sam Pickle and expanded their veteran-run business. Their new venture, Our Troops Services, employed veterans who were hired to mow lawns, paint homes, and do other general labor jobs around Sand Springs, Oklahoma, community.

However, in mid-May, something awful happened. Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of essential equipment.

“It wiped us out,” the veterans wrote on a GoFundMe page. “We relied almost entirely on the Service business for Revenue and we were quickly wiped out.”

Thank you to Tulsa for all the help. We have recovered our trailer, and are fairly certain we know who/what happened. We…

Posted by Our Troops Services on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Following the theft, Nichols and his crew struggled. They used what limited lawn equipment they had, old push mowers, and were forced to stop building fences.

“We’d started the year strong, adding new customers,” Nichols told Tulsa World. “We were barely keeping up as it was. Then this happened.”

Community help

When Our Troops Services’ equipment was stolen, the business shared the unfortunate news on their Facebook page. Their post was shared over 200 times and they received numerous comments.

Our Troops Services was robbed Sunday morning, 5/20/18 at approximately 6:45am. (Exact times: Arrival at 6:33, Departure…

Posted by Our Troops Services on Sunday, May 20, 2018

One person who heard about the theft was Tony Heineman, Soldier’s Wish, a nonprofit that helps veterans in need, advancement and development officer.

“People came out of the woodwork wanting to help,” he said.

Thank you so much Soldiers Wish for putting us back on the right track today. We have equipment again!

Posted by Our Troops Services on Friday, June 22, 2018

One month after their equipment had been stolen, Soldier’s Wish had a surprise for Our Troops Services.

“I can’t believe what just happened,” Nichols said. “We’re going to survive. I really thought our company was going to die.”

Soldier’s Wish and Bloss Equipment, an equipment rental agency in Tulsa, presented Our Troops Services with $15,000 worth of new lawn care supplies.

It's been raining. We will be out AS SOON AS THE GROUND IS READY. The truck and equipment is gassed up, the weedeaters…

Posted by Our Troops Services on Monday, June 25, 2018

The generous donation helped Our Troops Services restart their lawn mowing business, but they were still in need of help.

“We have had to let almost every[one] go to find work elsewhere through these rough times, and have had to stop Our Troops Fencing, and other side work as a result, unfortunately,” they wrote on GoFundMe.

They have since raised $7,000 in donations, which they hope to boost their business.

Posted by Our Troops Services on Monday, June 25, 2018

“You want to scream, ‘I’m going to Disneyland,'” Nichols said after receiving the trailer filled with new equipment. “But I’ve got yards to mow.”