"It means everything to me': Harlan barber cuts veteran's hair for free in November

Published: Nov. 8, 2019 at 3:41 PM EST
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Tim Howard is paying it forward.

Howard has been a barber for eight years and owns Tim's Barbershop in Harlan.

"I have been very successful and very blessed with business," said Howard.

For the past five years, he has been doing something special during the month of November.

"It means everything to me to put a smile on their face even if it is just a $10 haircut," said Howard.

He cuts veteran's hair for free.

"Usually say like, 'Really?' and I'll say yeah really or, 'You're kidding me' and I'm like no," said Howard.

It started with giving veteran's $5 haircuts, and then a woman posted on his Facebook page.

"It said, 'Let's not make the veterans pay anything. Let's go by Tim's Barbershop and donate the $5," said Howard.

In the past 10 days, he has seen 47 veterans.

The meaning behind the haircuts hits home, as he is a veteran himself.

"I was presented with a national guard team medal from George W. Bush," said Howard.

He spent six years in the Army National Guard and now wants to share his success.

"It means everything to me. It's my way of giving back because I've been afforded an opportunity with a business. A successful business," said Howard.

Howard is accepting $5 donations to help cover the cost.

Any extra money that is donated he will give to the Harlan Honor Guard.

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