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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Nicholasville couple started Bladez of the Bluegrass one year ago. It’s a veteran-owned and operated landscaping service.

Geoff and Branda Blanks both served in the United States Army for more than two decades. For most soldiers, they noticed acknowledging difficulties was intimidating, so while stationed at Fort Hunter Liggett in California, it was their duty to watch for any signs of suicide.

“It’s kind of kind of sad that they deal with this, and they feel like nobody knows or understands,” said Branda.

Even though the pair is no longer active-duty members of the military, their suicide prevention efforts have not been paused. Bladez of the Bluegrass is growing and they’re looking to hire other veterans.

“Right now, I’m getting stretched because I’m pretty much doing it mostly myself,” said Geoff.

As long as you’re a veteran, you’re cut out for the job. Geoff and Branda will work around your busy schedule. They’ll pick you up if you don’t have a car, and they’ll even drive you to any personal appointments you may have. They want to be your new battle buddies. They understand that military mentality and how it differs from what’s expected by many civilian employers.

“That’s what we’re here for. We’re veterans as well. We know your struggles and we know that things can be hard at times,” said Branda. “If you’re struggling, reach out to us. We’re here.”


Their business is more than just mowing lawns. Geoff and Branda promise it’s rewarding work. You’re just serving your community instead of your country.

“Even if it doesn’t work out with working for Blades of the Bluegrass, you just need somebody to talk to give us a call,” said Geoff.

Contact them at 859-710-0072.