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Military Makeover: Meet the Harrison Family

Military Makeover: Meet the Harrison Family


(music)
– [Announcer] Military Makeover is brought to you
in part by ADT. We help protect
what matters most. And by NBKC Bank. Live boldly, bank simply. – Welcome to Military Makeover,
the show that transforms the lives
of a deserving wounded military veteran and their family. We’re coming to you
from Kansas City, the home of our recently
departed fearless leader, R. Lee Ermey, ‘The Gunny’. Now, though he’s gone,
he’s not forgotten and the mission continues
as he would want it to be. So we’re about to take on
the Harrison family home and make it a better
place for them to live. Ryan Stanley is our
construction manager. He’s the heart of the operation,
giving everything he’s got to make things happen. – It’s gonna be amazing! That’s all I can say. – [Art] Jennifer Bertrand
is our interior designer. She’s responsible for making
a home for our veterans, a place to help them
start a new life. – Here, how about this? You’re in charge of
just guiding the back. – And yours truly, my
name is Art Edmonds. I coordinate all the partners
and volunteers we need in order to make these dreams
a reality for our veterans. I know you’re the one in charge. I’m just telling
you what we need. Together, we’re team
Military Makeover and this is Operation:
The Harrisons. (suspenseful music)
Army Sergeant Casey Harrison is a loving husband
and devoted father to three stepdaughters
in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri. (suspenseful music)
Casey was an army sergeant and driver
of the lead vehicle of his unit’s convoy team. Their job was to identify IEDs
which meant he was constantly in the direct line of
fire by enemy combatants and on many occasions, Casey
found himself under attack. – My first trip
deployment over there, turned in to longer
than anyone expected. Every time I went out,
we had an IED somewhere along the convoy. (dramatic music)
(explosions) – Through repeated close
proximity explosions and powerful shockwave impacts,
the resulting head injuries have left Casey
with a permanent ringing in his ears. As a result, Casey
requires the use of special hearing devices
that help him drown out the relentless noise
while still being able to maintain normal conversations. – After I got home from that,
my memory and my attention wasn’t quite what it used to be. It was until just recently that
a VA diagnosed me with TBI. They said it was from
multiple IED exposures. (dramatic music)
– [Art] As the problems of his deteriorating
mental condition compound his sense of
self-worth and self-identity, many of his lifelong friends
and even some family members have abandoned him,
making statements such as, “He’s not the man I knew.” or, “He’s not the
guy I grew up with.” – After the first time or
right after I got home, I wasn’t the same
person and for years, I thought it was because
of something I did. (sad music)
(dramatic music) – Though his mental wounds
overshadow his physical, Casey is also suffering from
a number of physical ailments that make life challenging. And support is the one
thing he isn’t getting from the country he
so bravely served. – We all thank you,
all of us as Americans for going over there
and doing the work and the business of our country. So now we’re here
to help pay it back and to show you how
much we all care. (light acoustic music) (intense rock music)
(playful music) – Over the past several years,
we here at Military Makeover have introduced you
to so many deserving veterans and their families
and this episode is no different,
except that we have found two deserving families
and it turns out, they’re the best of friends. These two families will
be featured back to back in our next two makeovers. We flew them down to Miami,
Florida to surprise them both. Alright, this is it. Let’s surprise the
family, come on. Harrisons, Moyers! – Hey! – We brought you down
here to Miami beach because we told you
we were gonna give one of your families
a makeover, right? And that’s a lie. We’re gonna give both
families a makeover. You’re both the recipients
of the next two Military Makeovers. (cheering and clapping)
– [Man] Congratulations! – This is gonna be an
awesome journey together and I couldn’t think
of anybody else that I’d love to share it with. They’re a wonderful family
and I couldn’t think of anybody else that
deserves it more. – Well, what you just said
is exactly the way we feel about all of you. Thank you for your
service and sacrifice. Enjoy the guacamole!
(laughing) (rock music)
(bright music) (doorbell rings)
Crystal? – Hey, Art! – How are you? Believe me, I’m just
letting myself in your home. – No problem! Good to see you again! – How are you? – I’m good! – Yes! You had a good trip? – Absolutely, it was
awesome down in Florida. – Awesome, awesome. Where’s Casey? There he is! – He’s right over here! – Hey, how are you? – Good, you? – Good to see you
again, my friend. Yeah, bring it in! There we go, alright! And who’s this? – Elena. – Hi, Elena. Art, good to meet you. We had talked a little bit about
how you felt like there were certain things
you couldn’t keep up with, that you need a
little bit of help. (upbeat music)
– [Casey] Downside, the siding, and some of the shading. It needs to be replaced. – Oh, okay. Yeah, I saw some of
that when I came up. Some of the paint is
peeling, some of that siding, looks like maybe there’s a bit
of moisture going in or something. – Some of the trim
work’s going bad. – Do you have a dedicated
space for yourself? Where do you like to hang out? – I go to the
garage or out back. – Do you have a place to sort of
display your military memorabilia? Your family items or
anything like that? – Ah, no, I don’t. – We have a unfinished basement. – Maybe we should go
take a look at that. – Yeah. – Alright, is that downstairs? – [Crystal] Yeah,
that’s right over here. (upbeat music)
– Okay, so this is the unfinished basement
that is like a storage unit, almost. – [Crystal] Pretty much. – [Art] Is this where
everything ends up? – [Crystal] Yes. – So a combination workshop
slash comfort area, maybe a nice couch. You realize you’re not gonna
be able to come down here once Casey has his
own space, right? It’s a man cave. – If the dogs are down
here, I’ll be down here. – Oh, okay. We’ll allow you that. Speaking of those dogs,
they love to tear up that backyard, right? (upbeat music)
What would you fix out here? Obviously, the dogs have done
quite a bit of digging, right? – We have just part of
the yard that is theirs and then I’d like to get
part of the yard back. – [Art] You guys like to
gather around out here? – [Crystal] We do. – I want you to
meet somebody inside and I wanna talk
about your kitchen. – Okay! – So let’s get inside. – Alright, perfect! – Hello, don’t be scared! – Elena. – Don’t be scared! – Casey, Crystal. – Let me start by saying,
your house is already nice and beautiful. I want you to know that. – Oh, thank you. (playful music)
– We’ll start with her ’cause I bet you’re like,
“Whatever makes her happy is good by me.” – Pretty much. (laughing)
– That is always the safest choice. Describe your design style. – I like the old country feel. – There’s a lot of things
aesthetically we can do. I’m gonna ponder all of this. What I’d like to see next is
living room and some bedrooms. – Okay! – I like that you
laugh at all my jokes. (playful music)
(rock music) This is not a small sofa! – No. – I feel like we can
discuss while sitting down! Does it have recliners on it? – Just on the one end. – Oh, that’s why
grandma took that one! – Yes! – Yup! – Okay, so Casey, what
would you wish for for the living room? – I wanna get rid
of popcorn ceiling. – Good choice. – Upgrade my fireplace. – [Jen] Oh, I love having
a fish tank in the bedroom! – It’s very soothing to him
when he needs to decompress. The water trickling just
kinda helps him relax. – I feel like he and I
just made eye contact. We’re best friends. And as I look
around your bedroom, there are a lot of
dressers in here. What would you wish
for in your bedroom? – More space that we
really need to purge. – Don’t we all? – I need to purge! – I know!
(upbeat music) (lively music)
This is your room, Elena, and you are how old? – I just turned 18 in January. – Congratulations,
that’s amazing! Okay, so you’re living at home
and I see there might be remnants from childhood. This is a large bed in a small
room but is it needed to be, I mean like, are you like,
“I sleep like a starfish.” – Dogs. – Oh, the dogs again! I love how nostalgic you are
but I’m also like, you are now a grown woman
and I always call, like when you do a bedroom
for this stage of life, this is like you’re creating
your first apartment furniture. So let’s get you like the
many apartment feel in here. Lots to think about. I feel like this is all great. I feel like I know
you guys already by your home and your design
and now, I’m gonna go ponder and think great things
of what I’m gonna do. I don’t know what I’m gonna do
but it’s gonna be amazing. (rock music) (rock music)
– Alright, so it looks like there’s a whole lot of
work going on in here and I know when
there a lot of work, there’s a whole lot
of Jennifer Bertrand because this is her design
and I think it’s a good time on day one
to get an update as to what the overall plan is. Jennifer! – Did I hear my name? – There she is,
lurking down the hallway. – This smile isn’t
real, just so you know! – Why? – Well first, Ryan had to leave. – I heard, what happened,
a family emergency? – Yeah, and of course,
that’s the most important thing in the world
but we have a lot to do. That means I lost
a skilled person and already, people
are like, “Black? “What makes you
think black’s good?” – Well, I’ll tell you what. Ryan, you’re in our thoughts
but the show goes on. The makeover goes on. You called someone
that you know locally here in Kansas City,
your friend Brad. (machine roaring)
I hear him right now! (upbeat music)
– Okay, Brad. – Oh, wow! – I want you to meet Art. – Hey, Brad, thanks for
stepping in at last minute, man. – Brad doesn’t even know
the plan of what’s going on. I just texted and said,
“Start with cabinets!” Just think light, airy, open. It’s gonna feel lovely! – It’s like a little piece of
Jennifer right in the kitchen. Bright, sunny,
always optimistic. – Doesn’t eat vegetables!
(laughing) – I’ve always wanted
to say this to you. Show me the master bedroom. (laughs)
– Scary! (upbeat music)
– I mean, this is like Jaws. They are gigantic! – They have given permission
to let the fish go to a new home because they have
rather large fish. – I’d say. – And we are gonna get
something smaller and easier to take care
of and it will be my first
fish tank designed. (upbeat music)
– Well, Jen, it looks like we’ve made some progress in here. It’s kinda gloomy
and doomy in here. Is this part of
your design plan? – No, so I want it
to be decompressing but I don’t want
it to be depressing so we’re gonna add some
cans and put them on dimmers so it can be like
a calming space. – Very nice. – Then, we’ll figure out
what flooring will work and then we’re gonna
start putting up walls, hopefully figure out
a place for the dogs, leave some storage, put
in some lighting, paint, put in furniture, a bathroom. – Wow, you’re really
wearing me out with this list. – I know, right? – It’s getting
longer and longer. – I know! – Well, let’s get out of here
and let these guys go back to work. – Okay, yeah, yeah. Good job, you’re doing great!
(upbeat music) (funky music)
– We’re doing something really, really cool
which is solar panels on the roof. Never done this before
on Military Makeover but of course, it
comes with challenges. Hey, Bryan! – Yes sir! – Bryan from Power Homes Solar. You’re doing the solar work. Thank you so much for
being a part of this. – Glad to be a part of it. – But of course,
nothing’s going to plan on day one, right? – Of course, not. – What do you need? There’s something with
the electrical grid that we need to upgrade. – Well, the main service
panel here for this house is underrated for
the side solar system that we’re installing. So together with Eaton,
we’re hoping to get the materials and the products
to upgrade that service to a good enough level
to where we can install it. – Boom, you’re here,
your crew is here, let me make some phone calls. – Sure! – Keeping it great, folks
and we’ll get it done for you. – Oh, great! – Alright, thanks, Bryan! – Yes sir!
(lively music) – We obviously have a lot
of walls to cover with paint so I’m glad Behr
is helping us out. I know Premium Plus
Ultra is a great paint but sometimes, it takes
some tips and tricks to pull it off. No pressure, Matt. We’re only judging
how you paint. Matt’s our next
veteran makeover. So Rodney, how is Matt painting? – He’s doing a pretty good job. The thing about
the Ultra product is it’s really
hard to screw it up but honestly, it has a
built-in stain blocker so it covers really well
and it goes on very smooth. – He’s being nice to you! He probably has
some tips for you! – There’s always
something that can be done a little bit differently
or better, of course. So I’m noticing that
there’s a lot of rolling up and down here and you may
have heard of a W technique. So generally, after you’ve
got the roller cover loaded up which right now,
we need more paint ’cause if you hear
that smacking– – [Jen] May I assist, Rodney? – Yes, we say when the roller
cover is talking to you, which is kind of smacking
back, that’s time to reload. – Do you find that
most homeowners do improper technique
in painting? – I would say to some degree. Not completely wrong but
there’s always something that can be tweaked and done
a little bit differently. – Well, the nice
thing is the paint has such a good body to
it that it really helps. – It does. And so if you notice,
I’m putting it on in a W-type formation
so that it completely spreads the product
across a larger surface. So then, when I go
back to fill it in, it does a much better
job of covering. – No pressure, Matt! Now you gotta follow that! Okay, so out of curiosity,
what do you think of the color? – I love this color! I like it! It’s a nice, neutral color
so it can go with anything. It kind of what’s
popular nowadays– – Yeah, and I don’t
feel like you’re lying to my face like
everyone else does. – Not at all! This face doesn’t lie! – You’re gonna fit
in great, Rodney! – Alright!
(lively music) – So we have the Behr
Premium Plus Ultra paint going on inside but
there is a new product out on the market. What is this and why
is it so special? – Yeah, Jen. This is Behr’s new
revolutionary product. It’s called Behr
Premium Quick Dry. Quick dry is the
important part there. It’s a stained oil so it can
be put on decks and on fences. – The words quick and oil
were never together ever! – Yeah, that’s always been
kind of one of the problems in the past with oils is they
take a very long time to dry. This is actually gonna
dry in 60 minutes. – And then one of the things
that I think is really cool is that it could go
on wood that is damp! – So if it happens to rain
the morning of your project, no worries, you’re
still gonna be able to finish up that same day. – Look, it makes sad, tired wood
have a breath of fresh air that it really needs. – It really does. It gives it a nice luster. – Well, we have a lot to do
so I’m gonna watch Jessie do all the work. You’re so smiley and
nice while staining! (upbeat music)
(rock music) – Earlier, the solar panels
were supposed to go on the roof but we didn’t have the
right electrical panel. So Eaton, of course, with
one phone call stepped up, brought this great
piece of equipment that you weren’t
expecting to bring. Now, we’re gonna save them what? Thousands of dollars a
year between the solar and these brand new state
of the art electrical panel. Let’s talk about this
beauty right here. – In order to support
the solar application, we had to install a
new circuit panel. So inside of our new BR
plug-on neutral circuit panel, we have short body breakers
that run a lot cooler and provide a lot of safety to
the Harrison family as well. They’re dual function
so they support both arc fault and
ground fault technology so that keeps the family safe
while they’re in the house. – [Art] That’s
not the only thing that we’re doing electrical-wise
inside the house, right? – We’re actually installing
new decorator light switches, receptacles, night
lights in the house, GFCI night lights, along
with some USB receptacles. – So I can see that
Jennifer got ahold of you. – She did! – She’s doing all
sorts of cool stuff. – She did. – She always has great ideas. I’m gonna let you
get back to work ’cause this baby’s
going in the house and we gotta get some
solar action going, man. – Sounds good! – Appreciate it. Thanks for being on
board with us again. – Thank you, thank
you very much. (rock music) (rock music)
– So our Kansas City Military Makeover
at Crystal and Casey Harrison’s house is under way. It’s not without speed bumps
but we’re making progress. We lost Ryan to a
family emergency but Jen has a great
team in place, picking up the slack and
we’re moving forward. It should be a good one. – [Narrator] Coming up on
the next military makeover. We’re going to introduce the
Harrison family to Thea Kyle from the Chris Kyle Frog
Foundation so stay tuned. Military Makeover is brought
to you in part by NBKC Bank. (funky music)


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