Let me tell you, even if you want to pay, it is damn hard to find a snow shoveling service in my little corner of the city.
It’s a well-populated area with lots of sidewalks to shovel. I’ve googled, I’ve used homeadvisor, I’ve used Angies List, … There are lots of web sites advertising snow shoveling and dozens of listings in the home-maintenance sites, but hardly anybody returns your phone calls or emails. The few who kindly did said “we’re not doing it this year, it’s too hard to find workers” or “you live outside our coverage area.” Nobody wants my money.
People post requests on nextdoor.com and get no replies. There were a very few that got hits earlier in the fall, but you see I was in the hospital for a month back then which is the reason I can’t shovel my own snow now.
So, I know how it is. If the veteran has any angle to draw attention to himself and maybe get someone to bend the rules, God bless him and I don’t blame him for using it.