Welcome to Military Makeover with Montel

Help starts at home for veterans on Military Makeover.

Our military servicemen and women boast a proud history and a devoted dedication to serve. They are sworn to uphold the Constitution that guarantees our freedom, making the ultimate sacrifice when we need them most. But what about those who serve? Who serves them when they need our help?

Military Makeover with Montel offers hope and a helping hand here on the home front to members of our military and their loved ones. Talk show legend and military advocate Montel Williams, a veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Navy, leads the Makeover team’s mission. This special series enlists conscientious designers, contractors, landscapers and other home improvement professionals to transform the homes and lives of military families across the country.

Respect. Rebuild. Repay.

We Want You!

Military Makeover is looking for deserving veteran families to appear on our show and receive a complete home renovation.

About Montel Williams

“In the nearly three decades since I retired from the Navy, I’ve never really taken the uniform off because standing up for those who are serving now and those who have served has been the greatest honor of my professional career.”

“In the nearly three decades since I retired from the Navy, I’ve never really taken the uniform off because standing up for those who are serving now and those who have served has been the greatest honor of my professional career.”

Our Leader

Montel began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps, becoming the first black Marine selected to the Naval Academy Prep School to then go on to graduate from the Unites States Naval Academy. Williams earned a degree in general engineering and a minor in international security affairs and served in the military for a total of 22 years. He is best known as the Emmy Award-winning host of The Montel Williams Show, which aired nationally for seventeen years. Along with being a New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Montel is a passionate advocate for veterans, education and health. He serves on the board of directors for the Fisher House Foundation and the Anne Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Montel is thrilled to be a part of Military Makeover, relishing the opportunity to give back to his fellow veterans.

The Crew

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Art Edmonds

“I love hosting Military Makeover because I get to see firsthand the impact it makes on out veterans’ lives. Helping to tell their stories has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.”

Art Edmonds is a TV host, spokesperson and voiceover talent with over 17 years of experience. He is currently best known as the co-host of the TV series Military Makeover.

Since the show’s inception, Edmonds teamed with the late, great R.Lee Ermey, famed character actor and veteran, to give a complete home makeover to a deserving wounded U.S. veteran and his family. Now Art serves on the series alongside talk show legend and prominent veteran advocate Montel Williams to give back to our service men and women.

Art’s prominent narration credits includes three seasons on the Nat Geo Wild top-rated series Swamp Men for three seasons, docudrama series Planet Xtreme on The Weather Channel and two seasons on the Nat Geo Wild series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER.

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Jennifer Bertrand 

“Having grown up on military bases, the child of a USAF Colonel, I love helping veterans giving the veterans a breath of fresh air in their homes with the help of our amazing team and volunteers.”

Jennifer Bertrand is best known as the winner of HGTV’s popular series Design Star, drawing over 5 million viewers thanks to her no-nonsense, accessible approach to making positive and impactful design changes without breaking the bank. After taking the competition by storm, Jennifer moved on to host her own show, Paint Over! with Jennifer Bertrand, featuring families in transition and in desperate need of help.

Bertrand currently is the designer on the series Military Makeover, airing on Lifetime TV, and has appeared in countless media outlets such as USA Today, The New York Post, Rachel Ray Magazine, Life & Style Magazine, InStyle Magazine and is a frequent contributor to NBC.

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Ryan Stanley

“Being able to do what I love with Military Makeover is such a blessing because it gives me the chance to give everything I have to those who have given everything they have for us and our freedom”.

Hailing from the small coastal town of Millbridge, Maine, Ryan’s interest in construction landed him a position as an apprentice with a major developer at just 13 years old. His first independent undertaking happened at 25 when he built the restaurant Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse in Tampa, Florida, which he later owned. Since then, Ryan has worked in every facet of construction, from building swimming pools to residential remodeling.

On-camera, Ryan is best known for his role on Military Makeover, where he puts his skills to the test in helping veterans start a new life. When Ryan is not tearing down walls, you may find him in a kitchen somewhere working on his famous puff pastries. As versatile as he is talented, Ryan is also a certified executive chef and executive pastry chef.

He credits his successes to his father, who supported him in all his pursuits and always told him to “Do what you love, but do it better than anybody else.”

“I can’t call this a job. It’s a habit that I have. But it’s a fun habit that helps my veterans, and anything that helps my veterans, I’m game for. They told me I was retired from the Marine Corps—I just never retired. I just kept working. I associate myself more with these people than I do anybody else in the world. That’s the way it is.”

—R. Lee Ermey, The Gunny

Rest in Peace, Gunny
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