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Host R. Lee Ermey, actor and former U.S. Marine Drill Instructor, keeps the home makeover in line with help from Presenting Partner SunTrust Bank, Protection 1 Security Solutions, Military Benefit Association & Old Village Paint

(POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – PR LOG – October 8, 2015) Military Makeover is transforming the shell of a house donated by a marine widow into a beautiful home for a military family in less than a week.

Presented by SunTrust Bank, the four-part Military Makeover series chronicles the room-by-room renovations of the house into a comfortable and safe home for the Travis family. Tune in to episode #2 airing Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime®.

Who is getting this makeover? Meet the Travis family. Tommy Travis was deployed to Bagdad, Iraq where he watched a friend die, and suffered a brain injury after a grenade hit his Humvee. He has PSTD and traumatic brain injury. Wilma “Tinky” Stuart is the generous widow from a military family who wanted to pay it forward. Tune in to hear this inspiring story.

  1. Lee Ermey, “The Gunny”, returns to host the series for the third time. Ermey, best known for his TV and Movie career, including his break-out role as the tough Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, is a retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and Drill Instructor.

The Travis’ renovations are made possible thanks to the generous donations of valued partners who teamed up with Military Makeover:

  • Financial Well-Being for Veterans – with The VA Loan Program, available through SunTrust Mortgage

Military Makeover has teamed up with SunTrust to take on getting one’s financial house in shape. Ex-military men William Carter and Earl Lewis join the series to talk finances for our men in uniform. The VA Loan Program, available through SunTrust Mortgage, offers appealing home ownership opportunities for veterans, including options that do not require any down payment at all. Carter and Lewis will offer tips and advice on how one can get their financial house in order, from taking an honest assessment of their current financial situation to having a solid plan to reach set goals. They’ll also discuss the challenges veterans may face and the four important steps to consider before buying a home.

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  • Landscape Facelift – with Military Benefit Association (MBA)

The Travis house exterior is getting a makeover as well. Mike Reyna from Military Benefit Association and John from Nayland Stevens Nursery, offer a helping hand to give the landscaping a much-needed facelift.  MBA provided over 160 plants and shrubs, an underground sprinkler system, and sod for the entire yard, while the experts at Nayland Stevens helped give the Travis family a first-class yard.

Military Benefit Association, a not-for profit organization, offers affordable and reliable group term life insurance coverage that is exclusively available to Active Duty military, Reserves, National Guard, Veterans, Federal Civilians, and their families.

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  • Protecting the Travis House with Innovative Security Systems – with Protection 1 Security Solutions

To protect their house and add peace of mind around the clock, the Travis family will receive a monitored home security and automation system from Protection 1, designed specifically for their house. Tim Tickle offers a security consultation and takes viewers on a tour to point out what‘s being done to increase security, from installing strategically placed interior and exterior video cameras to image motion sensors. With two young children in the house, protection around the pool area is vitally important. Plus, with a monitored home security and automation system in the house, homeowners could save money on energy and insurance bills! To learn more about the technology and award-winning service Protection 1 provides, go to:


  • Sprucing Up the Authentic Way – with Laney’s Old Village© Paint Ltd.

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to give a room a whole new look.  Old Village Paint’s Laney Landis, whose family has been in the paint business since 1816 joins in the renovations to give several spaces an updated look.  Old Village Paint’s craftsmen still create authentic colors using natural earth pigments, batch by batch, not from a base that is tinted. Old Village Paint is the oldest paint and varnish maker in the USA.

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About Military Makeover®

From the producers of the award-winning home decorating and remodeling show, Designing Spaces® comes a very special mini-series dedicated to giving back to members of our Military and their loved ones. Enlisting the help of decorators, designers, landscapers and other home renovation experts, our host, retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant R. Lee Ermey “The Gunny” helps