The Maney Family

Military Makeover with Montel® is honored and privileged to present the Maney family on our new, upcoming season. Growing up in a close-knit military family, Staff Sergeant Brent Maney’s desire to serve came as no surprise. He enlisted in the United States Air Force as a pararescue in 1994 and was deployed numerous times in the early years of his military career. In 1998, a serious parachuting accident left him with severe injuries, including a fractured lower spine. But after major surgery and a year of physical therapy, Brent’s miraculous recovery allowed him to continue to serve as a Pararescue Instructor. Staff Sgt. Maney served for 12 years, with deployments to many countries including Saudi Arabia, Africa, and South Korea for Operation Southern Watch. Throughout his varied military career, Brent played a huge part in supporting NASA space shuttle missions from Trans-Atlantic Abort Landing sites in Morocco and Gambia, as well as teaching Special Operations Forces in combat casualty care at multiple schools, from 1999-2013. Brent proudly achieved various commendations throughout his career, including USAF commendation medal, USAF Achievement medals, US Navy Achievement medal, US Army achievement medal and USAF Civilian Service medals. Today, Brent still suffers from the aftereffects of his service, dealing with constant back pain, PTSD and Survivor’s guilt. Brent and his wife, Trudie, have been married for fifteen years. They have two boys, and the family now lives in the city of Melbourne, Florida. Trudie was unfortunately diagnosed with advanced young onset Parkinson’s disease in 2007 and her deteriorating health has been a huge challenge for the entire family. In 2020, she was diagnosed with early onset dementia which requires Brent to be her daily caregiver. The home holds significance for the family as Trudie has chosen it to be the house she would like to spend her final years in. Though all members of the Maney family have gone through their own sets of trials and tribulations, they are still able to find the joy to succeed in their everyday lives. Military Makeover is honored to present the Maney Family as the recipients of this season’s makeover, and with the help of our generous partners we look forward to seeing the beautiful home transformation that we create for this deserving family.