Senator McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, Chuck Veach, Founder of CT Veach Landscaping & Construction
This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights everyday hero, Chuck Veach, Vietnam Veteran and Founder of CT Veach Landscaping and Construction.
From 1968 to 1970, Veach served in the 11th Infantry Brigade of the Vietnam War. To this day, he continues to share his military experiences and his journey of how he overcame post-Vietnam trauma and built the life he wanted. Immediately following the war, Veach found work in truck delivery and part-time retail at a record store. While working at the store, he was offered some extra income to do side jobs in landscaping and lawn care at customers’ houses—later spurring his interest in horticultural studies and landscaping.
“People often would come into the record store and ask me if I knew any landscapers. I decided to take on those jobs and figure them out as I went along, and ended up finding it really interesting,” said Veach. “I started looking at nurseries and enrolled in horticulture classes at McHenry Community College. Then in 1984, when I had enough college credits, I went into business for myself.”
As a resident of Huntley for over 40 years, Veach says growth and development has been a driving force in the community and has built his company on hard work and client word-of-mouth. Now, 20 years since its opening, CT Veach Landscaping & Construction manages 22 employees, is authorized as a Unilock® company and earns $1.75 million in revenue.
Outside of work, Veach can often be seen helping out in the community. He is a charter member of the Huntley Chamber of Commerce, going on 30 years. He volunteers at Huntley High School by conducting mock interviews for students to help prepare them for the workforce and strive for opportunities greater than their expectations. Also, once a year, Veach visits Huntley Elementary School to share his Vietnam experiences with the 8th grade class.
“It’s important for the younger generation to understand the impact of the Vietnam War on America and how the veterans were treated when they came home,” said Veach. “Some men were drafted; some joined up, and we all served our country. When we came back, people hated us. Kids need to know that the men who served in Vietnam were war heroes and made so many sacrifices. They’re not the animals the media made them out to be.”
As part of his veteran outreach, Veach belongs to the Huntley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Americal Division Veterans Association (ADVA). To recognize his contributions as a Vietnam Veteran and community service, the Northwest Herald recently named him one of their “2017 Everyday Heroes,” an award presented to a military hero or a leader who has made a difference in the lives of veterans.
“I’d like to thank Veach for his service in the military and service to our community,” said Senator McConnaughay. “He makes for an incredible role model for our young people as a war hero and a business success story. Everyone could learn a lot from his journey.”
Senator McConnaughay is proud to recognize Chuck Veach for his military service and leadership in the Huntley community. For more information on his business, CT Veach Landscaping & Construction, please visit ctveach.net.