It started as an idea of Jason Geiser. His idea at the time was simple: to give patios to veterans. Having spent years in the concrete industry, first as a contractor for residential decorative concrete outdoor living areas and then as the owner and operator of a decorative concrete supply company, Jason witnessed firsthand the enjoyment that well-done outdoor living areas gave to people. He shared the idea with his longtime friend, Todd Hershberger. Todd, a banker, only had basic knowledge of the concrete industry - all obtained through his friendship with Jason, but he was an accountant and understood non-profits. Together the two began to talk about how an idea of giving patios to veterans could turn into something real. They had family and friends that had served in various branches of the military at different times in their lives and they had observed the toll military service can often times take on men and women and their families. Both Jason and Todd had never served in the military, and it was for this very reason they wanted to show how appreciative they and their families are for everything veterans have done for our country.
In April 2016, the two would begin to put in place what is now Patios For Patriots, Inc., a non-profit company incorporated in the state of Ohio. Quickly, they realized they would need veteran-based guidance in helping them handle the relationships with the veterans they would meet. In response, they brought in Mark Lehman and Steve Grimes, both veterans of the U.S. Marine Corp. Together, the four men would identify the first recipient of the organization (announced on April 29, 2016), and, along with help from volunteers and businesses within the community, would complete the first project that spring (unveiled on May 22, 2016).
Today, Patios For Patriots continues to provide free outdoor living areas primarily in Ohio to the brave veterans of this great country; simply as a way of saying thank you to our nation's service men and women. The organization is much more than an idea from years ago and it's bigger than our abilities and strengths - it's a mindset. It's about serving those who've served us. We enjoy the freedom of this country and that freedom is because someone has and is willing to fight for it and for us. Patios For Patriots, its volunteers, and business partners recognize the sacrifices our country's veterans and their families either have made or are making and desire to give a little back to those who have so clearly given their all for our country.