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Military Makeover: Meet the Ewing Family

Military Makeover: Meet the Ewing Family


This military makeover is
brought to you by Navy Mutual and ADT. Veterans
of our nation’s military and their
families have sacrificed so much for all
of us at Military Makeover we look
forward to giving back to them and the best
part is all at no cost to the veteran. Now it
sounds like a mission impossible, but not
when you’re dealing with the best team
in the business. Retired US
Marine Corps Staff Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, the
Gunny is not only our spiritual leader
but he’s also the head of the entire
operation. I can’t call this a
job it’s a habit, that I have, but it’s a
fun habit and it’s it helps my veteran and
anything that helps the veterans I’m
game. Ryan Stanley our
construction manager is the heart of the
operation. These military veterans put
everything on the line. When I’m here doing
these if I don’t push the envelope then I’m
not doing them service. Jennifer
Bertrand is our interior designer she’s
responsible for making a house into a home
for our veterans. Ultimately I know the
one thing I can offer is giving these
veterans a home that will help them have a
new beginning. And yours truly, I’m Art
Edmonds. I
coordinate all the partner and volunteers we need in order to
make these dreams a reality for our
veterans. We have no money to do this, we
just show up, we know they need the help
and then once we tell the story of this
family then people start flooding in
wanting to help, donate their time, their
talent, their products. Together we are
team Military Makeover and this is
operation the Ewings. We have a family in our church,
the Ewing family that has been going to
quite a few setbacks in their lives and
the families being recognized today
and that we are very very pleased that
they are going to have a makeover in
their home. Today we would like to tell the
Ewing family that they are being
recognized. Today Military Makeover is going
to do a makeover in their home. We
would like to congratulate the Ewing family
for being the recipient of this
honor today. May God bless you.This was the
biggest surprise, because I wasn’t expected it. During the
fighting days of World War one military
families with active duty members would
raise a flag displaying a blue star,
each star representing a deployed family
member, when a soldier died in war the
family would replace the blue star with
a gold one. Gold star families like the
Ewings have paid the ultimate
sacrifice. Jeremy
Ewing was killed in action in Baghdad
Iraq on April 29th 2004. [music.] [music.] The Ewings’ live in this 1957
three-bedroom Miami Florida home and
it’s in dire need of an upgrade. Military
Makeover is here to answer the call. Hilda Ewing lives here with her
son Jermaine, and daughter Bianca. Bianca
Avery is married to Daniel Avery currently on active duty in the
Navy. Jermaine who joined the Marine
Corps shortly after his brother
enlisted was honorably discharged after
sustaining an injury during bootcamp which
Jeremy considered great news. When I
got hurt, he was happy. He
told me he didn’t really because war is
going on he said only one of us need to
be in here. Jeremy was one of
eight soldiers killed in a car bomb
attack as his unit was doing a dismounted
improvised explosive device sweep in
Baghdad on April 29th 2004. Tragically
Jeremy had been scheduled to come home
from Iraq two weeks earlier but his tour
of duty was extended at the last minute. I actually answered the door
like I looked through the window, you
know someone in uniform you have a
member in the military, you automatically
know something bad is gonna happen
that they have to say. I didn’t want to open the door. They say you know you got to let
us in and I said no I know what you came
for. While stationed in Frankfurt,
Germany Jeremy met Nicole Laurits with
whom he had a little daughter, which
came as a surprise to Hilda. Six months to
the day he died there was a letter come
from Germany and I was thinking well
maybe he didn’t die and then I read it
and then as from this lady asking for my
DNA. I had
to prove that she was this child because
he never seen her, so I get the government and they did all
the DNA testing and everything. Her name is Kiera, and
she’s just like him. Tragedy struck yet again for the
Ewings, when Hilda heard a knock on the
door this time it was the police. Oh
no I know what’s going on, I’ve been
through this before I’m not gonna let you in
and that they said ma’am you have to
open the door. We are the police. They were there to tell Hilda
that her husband Arthur unexpectedly died
in a car crash. Time for me to make my way down
to meet this very special family, and
get a little tour of their home. Hilda? Hello hi I’m
Art. Nice meeting you. Nice to
meet you. What
smells so good in here? Some
zucchini bread. So how does this kitchen work
for you? Doesn’t work it’s so small. I
see here this, maybe a hot pan went on
there at some time? Hot pot. New
flooring you think would be a nice touch
too? It won’t be nice. Now we
definitely want to see a lot of these great
pictures as part of the design. Wouldn’t you say? Yes. Because
you don’t want to lose any of that. No I
want to remember my son. You want to see everyone’s face
every single day. This is your
room back here? Yeah you know what comes
first, the roof over your head, the
light bill, water bill, and then food. Then the rest. The rest is extra for you. Extra. Hilda let’s get out of here,
I’m feeling a little claustrophobic with
this giant furniture. Hi Bianca how are you? Hi. So
this is your space in the house and what can we do for you
in here? Pink. Would you keep this color? Not
this color, it’s more pepto bismol. And it’s even on the
ceiling too. I
started creating crafts like it was my
stress relief, and lately I’ve been doing
paper flowers and making different
characters. So B this is the
bathroom you and your brother share, how’s
that working out for you? Um it’s
pretty difficult there’s really no
space to put anything. So this is sort of
what? A
catch-all room? It’s a part
office, it’s part storage. Yes that’s
pretty much what it is right now. Yeah yeah
but there’s actually some room in here. Yeah. But it’s just
not being used well. What’s up man? How’s it going? How are you? Alright mind if I come in your
room? You’re already in. Not a whole lot going on in
here, other than a lot of hanging
stuff, right? Yeah I would say more space,
more organized and less bulk. You
have some hidden talents as well don’t
you? I
write some novels, poems, I’m trying to do a
screenplay, I just like writing. Time to
come up with a game plan to make over
this home to give it a much-needed
facelift, and who better to call than
team Military Makeover. Unfortunately our
fearless leader the Gunny will not be able to join us on
this operation, but he’ll be giving
us a helping hand remotely. Just us
changing together. So guys listen we’re
starting sort of disadvantaged obviously
we don’t have Gunny he’s out in
California trying to drum up some partners for
this, but Hilda the mom she loves to cook,
so Ryan that kitchens got to go, right? Well you
know that’s my thing the kitchens and
I’ve seen this one. It’s bad, I
mean I literally cannot do anything
with it. What do you need? A whole new
kitchen. Everything. Appliances, even the
appliances are bad. Do me a
favor don’t rip that kitchen out until we’ve
locked down what we’re gonna put in
there okay? Okay. Personally I think I’m
just gonna go ahead and demo the thing
sometimes it’s better to ask for
forgiveness than to ask for permission. We don’t
have much to like no volunteers, no items
I think we need to bring in partners we
need volunteers because it’s eight
days. Eight
days, I don’t know if people realize like
we’re doing all of it within eight days, so
it’s nuts. You know the other
thing I noticed in there, there’s like
four different types of flooring
going on in that house, we need to make that
all uniform and seamless. It’s like
you’re learning design Art. I really
am. We can
probably get a lot of this stuff from
the Home Depot. They love to
support veterans. Behr paint’s at Home
Depot and I think the thing is the
house feels sad and we need to have a little
bit of color but nothing too much/ I’m
going for dramatic. You always go for
dramatic. I
know right? Wait. No modern
farmhouse on this one? No way I’ve been there done
that. Moving on. All right, great so we all have
our assignments, right? We’re good
to go? Yeah
we do work you pretend you do we’ve got
this. All right. All right just
get it. I’m
up to the task, I’m up to the challenge. You know we’ll have a good time
but we’ll get the job done at the
same time for a good cause. I was told to
call Tony he’s the go-to man at the Home
Depot rental center. Give him a call
and see what I need and see if he can bring it
over here. Hello? Tony? Yes, sir. Hey it’s Ryan. Hey Ryan, how are you doing? Pretty good man, I was wondering
if you could help me out I’m swamped
here I can’t break away there’s a few
things I need at the Home Depot rental
Center. Would you guys have someone that
can run that over here in a truck for
me? [music.] [music.] I’m swamped here, I can’t break
away there’s a few things I need at the Home
Depot rental center. Would you guys
have someone that can run that over here in a
truck for us? You came to the
right place! Absolutely can. Tell us what you need. We’ll be
there. I’ll go look at my list and
break it down and I’ll send it over to
you but if we could get that over here in
the next couple hours so we can keep
going that’d be awesome. You got it. We can
take care of you. Now I’m kind of nervous because
we don’t actually have a new kitchen for
the family yet, but this thing was
so old and just so dated that I’m taking it
upon myself, I’m ripping it out
anyway. Tony
what’s up man? Hey how’s it
going? Thanks for coming. You’re
very welcome. Hey Jennifer how
are you? So
this is a new truck for you guys, right? Yeah brand-new box truck and
pretty much kind of added it to our expanded
fleet so pretty much it can hold anything a 12 foot box
truck can hold. We have the whole home depot
rental team here the trucks arrived, the
reinforcements are here with a bunch of
tools. Lawn, garden, paint
sprayers, pressure washers, air
compressors, we’re putting up the sign happy to be
partnered with the Military Makeover. And
the one thing that I need to tell
everybody I’m a professional so I use
this stuff that’s right but I always
encourage everybody especially the DIY
er go to the Home Depot Center tell them what
you’re doing, you guys will show them how
to use the tool, show them what they need. That’s right. And get them in and out the door
and on their way. Absolutely our
associates are very well-versed in all these
tools. We’ll show you how to start it,
how to use it, we have a website with
videos to help you when you get home, and
we will take care of you every step of
the journey. Home Depot is all about
supporting veterans and their families
and we just wanted to make sure that we
were able to be here to provide the
resources and the necessary manpower to
help get this project complete. Behr paint is bringing in a huge
donation. It’s going to allow us
to completely paint the home inside
and out. Everything we need to accomplish
that assignment. I love Behr paint
because it’s a really good paint because
we need to cover each paint and that’s a
lot of work and Jen you picked the
right paint because the Behr premium plus
the ultra is a paint and primer in one but
it’s a stain blocking primer and that’s
what’s required we’re going something
with that that pink, that vibrant,
in order to block that out and then to
get a calming color over the top of that
you’ve got to act like it’s a stain and
block it out, so it can’t bleed through. Do you think they’re
going to love our colors? Inside? Yeah. Wait why did you
say inside? Inside, absolutely,
absolutely. That was so funny. It’s beautiful. Very calming. I’m going to win everyone about
that exterior. I think you will. There’s
something I’ve learned about designers. They have the end result already
in mind, sometimes we as we look at the
colors they’re picking, we’ll go wow I
don’t know how that works,
but in the end it always does. You know
this house is almost as old as the Gunny
and you can definitely see that if you
take a look at the electrical system. Our
friends at Eaton Corporation are donating an entire renovation of
the electrical system, they’re
determined to improve the Ewings
safety and power consumption. When we got
the call from our partners at Eaton that
the Ewing family needed help we put our
team into action. Kristy
immediately brighter, lighter, crisper it’s
just really really nice, tell me what
you’ve got going on inside here. So
what we did is we changed out the
incandescent lights to LED lights so these
are 75% more energy-efficient than what
they had before. Over here you can see
we’ve USB receptacles so now they can
just conveniently charge their smart
devices so that now they can charge in
their kitchen, or their living room
wherever, we’re making it easier. Really
the main feature that you’ve done here
yes upgrade that electrical panel you
brought us into the 21st century. How
important was that? We’ve
installed arc fault breakers and then also
we’ve been installed ground fault circuit
breakers and ground fault receptacles
throughout the house to prevent against
shock and damp or wet environments. It’s
great to have Eaten on board we picked up
the phone and you guys were right
there for us. Yeah we’re honored to be
here and support this gold star family. Hey Ryan, I’ve got some good
news for you private. [music.] Hey Ryan got some good news for
you private we have a kitchen. I’m
talking about appliances, backsplash,
cabinets faucet, a full makeover buddy. I’m working
on getting the partner right now to get
the trash out of here. I’ll let
you know how that works out. Semper-Fi. Wow way to
go Gunny! Listen he kind of
saved you. He
saved my butt. Gunny made a few
calls and he got Home Depot on board. Home
Depot is a veteran sponsor for Military
Makeover they came in they saved the day
they’re giving us new countertops, new
appliances, new cabinets. Hey guys! So I
brought you guys here today for a couple reasons, one
I just kind of want to walk around the
store and get your reactions on some
things. Got a bit of a confession to
make. I
moved you out the other day, right? I
started that night and I ripped out of
your entire kitchen, but I didn’t
actually have a new kitchen to put back
in. I think Ryan taking the
gamble with the kitchen I thought well maybe
we’ll go to his house to start eating. It was a bit
of a gamble but Home Depot came, they
saved the day. And you’re getting a whole
brand-new kitchen. He told me he was gonna
leave the kitchen so I thought the
kitchen was going to stay the same, and
thank somebody fold. One of the brands that I
wanted to show you is Samsung. They’re
known for being innovative not only in
their design but in their technology
there’s a few things that are new to me
and new to it a lot of people one of them
is the black stainless steel, this is
only been out for a couple of years what
is really really cool about this you get
no hand prints but what’s even cooler
than that there’s actually cameras inside
this refrigerator. You can see inside
of your refrigerator at the grocery
store. I gotta brush up on my
technology because I’m not too computer savvy. Does he ever
cook in the kitchen? No.Okay
then you don’t even need to be here. Anything will be an
improvement and this is an upgrade. It’s nice. Okay guys so I think I get some
pretty good general ideas. I have some
ideas and I know Jennifer is gonna have
her own idea, so we’re gonna try to mash
that all together and come out with
something really nice that you’re gonna
love. I’ll see you I guess on the next
Friday. I’m leaving here and actually
going straight back to the house now I
really got a burn rubber and get some
things done and start putting this
house back together because the clock is
ticking. On
the next Military Makeover the crews
making progress but not without significant challenges. I guess
the dark paint color may not be what most
of the world would choose but it’s
gonna be amazing. Plus the team gets a bit fed up
with me over my work ethic. All laughing
and joking aside he needs to get off
his butt and do something.


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