AAA Building Maintenance a valued VP2H supporter

AAA Building Maintenance has been supporting VP2H since the beginning. Its founder, Kyle Grivette, has also been involved with VP2H since the beginning and is now a key board member for the organization.

Kyle had been involved in the maintenance industry for many years when he started a company called Property Service Company of America, in Los Angeles in 1985. When Kyle moved to Colorado, he brought the company with him, in a sense. He purchased another small company and renamed it Property Service Company of America. Shortly afterward, he developed a partnership and formed an entirely new company.

AAA Building Maintenance was named, you guessed it, to be listed first in the Yellow Pages. At the time, industry listings in the Yellow Pages were crucial to growing a business. Many potential customers would look through the listings and decide to call the first one at the top of the list, which was AAA Building Maintenance!

Now AAA Building Maintenance is a multi-million dollar company, with over 100 people maintaining 100+ facilities on a daily basis. They are “doing some kind of work” for over 600 clients in total, Kyle says. They are focused on building maintenance, which can include janitorial and custodial services, construction cleaning services, and exterior maintenance.

Kyle’s business partner, Rae Harris, has been “a huge help with VP2H work” as well. Rae has helped put emails together, come to events, and has been very active with VP2H. Rae’s brother was in the first Gulf War and Rae shared many of his letters written from the battlefield. In Kyle’s words, it was “scary to read some of the things he went through.” Sadly, her brother was killed in an auto accident back in the states.

The company was a major sponsor for the Omni Financial Charity Golf Tournament, just held on August 24, benefitting VP2H. AAA Building Maintenance has also been a financial supporter of many other VP2H over the past six years.

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Board member Kyle Grivette is focused on helping veterans

When asked about his motivation to get involved – and stay involved – in Veteran’s Passport to Hope, board member Kyle Grivette responded immediately. “We live what we live because they do what they do.” Kyle believes that “we owe veterans more than a thank you” and lives that belief through his work with VP2H.

Kyle supports VP2H through his work with the annual golf tournament and a number of other events throughout the year. His company, AAA Building Maintenance, supports the organization financially as a sponsor for many of those events as well.Kyle Grivette

Involved with VP2H since the beginning, Kyle met founders Shane Schmutz and Dave Fingers in early 2012 and almost immediately became involved in the planning of the initial gala. He helped with the first three events the organization held, all of which were very successful. He is now in his second year as a board member for the organization.

Shane spoke with passion about veterans at the networking event where Kyle first met him. In Kyle’s words, Shane was “very intense and passionate,” inspiring Kyle to want to work with what he was doing for veterans. Through Shane, Kyle met Dave and then current president Patrick Wieland and current marketing chair Shara Hubert, all of whom were active in the initial stages of VP2H.

Although Kyle does not have direct military experience, he has family members who are veterans. His business partner, Rae Harris, had a brother who was active in the Gulf War. Unfortunately, her brother was killed in an auto accident back in the states, but Kyle remembers reading many of his letters about the experiences and challenges of active duty service overseas, in the battlefield. Kyle says it was scary to read some of the things he went through.

The most important aspect of VP2H for Kyle is helping the veterans that need the help, whatever that may be. He adds that “the number of veterans who attempt and succeed with suicide is mind-boggling.” It’s crucial to get help for them, through the organizations that support them. He recounts the story of a veteran’s family that could not pay their bills. VP2H was able to connect that family with a local organization that helped them through their crisis.

VP2H is heading in the right direction, Kyle says, particularly in regard to this type of cooperation among organizations that serve veterans. VP2H is a resource that connects veterans to those organizations that can give them the help they need. Kyle adds that veterans “do some of the most amazing stuff so we can live the lives we do. To not honor what they’ve done for us would be a shame.”

Veterans and their families face many challenges

Veterans, whether they served last year or twenty years ago, face a number of critical issues. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes that veterans can have many challenges, especially when trying to return to civilian life and to life with family, often as a result of experiencing traumatic events during their time in service.

SAMHSA lists several major issues facing veterans and their families, including:

  • Suicide
  • Trauma
  • Criminal justice system encounters
  • Homelessness

Mental health becomes a serious problem for many veterans. According to SAMHSA, “three out of five veterans who died by suicide were diagnosed as having a mental health condition.” Veterans make up 20% of the country’s suicides.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can impact veterans who have endured combat, whether resulting in physical injury or not. Those PTSD symptoms can often affect the family, on the soldier’s return. Repeated deployments and relocations can contribute to the issues faced by veterans and their families as well.

A veteran’s mental health state can affect all areas of that veteran’s life, including the struggle with substance abuse issues and potential involvement with the criminal justice system. The good news is that “specialty courts and legal projects have been created for veterans who are struggling” with those specific issues, according to SAMHSA. These specialty courts prioritize the “interconnection between criminal justice and behavioral health care, with a goal to fairly adjudicate the punishment of veterans charged with crimes.”

Mental health and substance abuse issues are leading causes of homelessness among veterans, who make up 10% of the country’s homeless population. Within the group of homeless veterans, three-fourths experience mental and/or substance abuse disorders.

There are resources to help veterans and their families deal with these issues. Veteran’s Passport to Hope offers a resource portal, designed for veterans who need help with housing, employment, mental health, physical health, and many other concerns. There are also resources for those who need immediate assistance, to get the help they need now.

If you or your family members need guidance to find help dealing with these issues or any others, please go to our resource portal at or contact us if you need help getting started. We’re here for you.