I’m Gunnery Sergeant R.
Lee Ermey. Join me and a platoon of
dedicated professionals for another Military Makeover.
Okay boys, I want to hear hammers hammering, saws sawing.
Time for us to show our appreciation and give back to
those who have sacrificed. This is Designing Spaces:
Military Makeover and it starts right now.
Who is Robert Keefe? What has he done to serve his
country? Why should he get a Military
Makeover? Well, just in case you missed
our first episode, you’re about to find out.
I grew up in Okeechobee, Florida.
Graduated Okeechobee High School in 1996, and went to a couple
years of college and then joined the Marine Corps.
Before joining the Marine Corp, Robert was working as a produce
manager at a local grocery store.
I was a cashier, and he worked as a produce manager.
I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her.
I used every tactic just to talk to her.
Finally, she agreed to go on a date with me, and first date,
first kiss. Soon after, Robert enlisted and
joined the Marine Corp. We averaged 6-10 IED strikes
every mission. My truck alone hit five IEDs.
The first one destroyed the front end, nobody was hurt.
Robert was lucky to escape three more IED attacks, but his luck
eventually ran out. The fifth IED strike was the one
that injured me. The injuries were serious.
Diagnosis: Vertebrae compression fracture, traumatic brain
injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The incident did not go unnoticed back home.
I actually had a dream and I saw it, and what happened was, I
felt it. Wow.
I’m alive and I have all my limbs.
I feel very very blessed. Now it’s time for us, at
Designing Spaces to give back to Robert and his family.
With the help of the Gunny, we’ll transform their home and
give it a serious upgrade. Your wish is our command.
The heavy lifting will begin right after this.
(hammering). (power tool sounds).
Military families should have their own
security and protection. That can start with life
insurance. Some old friends have joined us
with some good old advice. Once again, Military Makeover
welcomes my buddy, Roy Gibson. Tell us about some of the things
for those who may not know what MVA does on a day to day basis
for all of our veterans that are involved with the program.
We were founded as a non-profit back in 1956, originally for the
purpose of providing quality affordable group term life
insurance for enlisted service members, because at the time
they had very few choices. Over the years, the MBA expanded
their eligibility to all active duty military
personnel and their spouses. One might think that military
personnel would have a difficult time finding quality life
insurance, because of the high risk work that comes with the
territory, but Roy is here to tell us that this isn’t the
case. The military group actually is
considered by the insurance industry to be a good risk,
because they have fitness standards they have to adhere
to. They have readily available
medical help, and they have checkups periodically.
Moving forward, MBA is getting more and more involved in the
community, seen here, with our very own military makeover.
The front and back yard is being worked on by a local landscaping
company, and is sponsored by MBA.
Let’s take a quick break from life insurance to give a salute
to the local Okeechobee community for coming together to
make this makeover a huge success.
The Tin Fish restaurant provided the catering for the crew, and
believe me, if Gunny doesn’t get a good meal, he gets cranky.
The folks from Island Cabinet are working tirelessly on the
kitchen makeover using kitchen cabinets provided by our friends
at Choice Cabinets. A makeover of this magnitude
sure produces a lot of trash. Waste Management was there to
help with that. Robert and Bianca are getting
beautiful new tile in their master bedroom courtesy of DMB
tile. On behalf of Designing Spaces,
we salute all of you. Now back to life insurance.
Did you know that 65% of American families have some type
of life insurance, totaling 19 trillion dollars.
There are good reasons why any family should have life
insurance, certainly the main wage earner in the family.
You can still get life insurance even if you are deployed,
We had, probably during Iraq and Afghanistan, probably 175
casualties with military members that were members of Military
Benefit Association and we paid over 27 million dollars in
benefits. When you look at that it’s not a
very good business proposition, but it’s the right thing, and
that’s why we exist, so we’re very proud that we’re able to
help those military families in a tough time.
MBA can also help in areas like financial planning and
assistance. Career planning, as well as
health and wellness benefits among other things that allow
families to stay healthy and save money.
By taking advantage of opportunities to learn more
about how to manage family finances, that’s a good thing
for military families. Well, we couldn’t thank you
enough for all that you’re doing here, and the landscaping and
everything else, so before we forget, how do we get in touch
with you guys? Well, our home page is at
MilitaryBenefit.org and we’ve got a toll free number
877-MBA-1020, so there will be people answering phones there
that can walk you through the process of applying for
insurance or any additional information, whatever you need.
Well, I think it’s great, and you know, we should probably get
out of here before they turn the sprinklers on us.
I wouldn’t mind that right now. Haha, well, thanks Roy, me too.
Okay, great. Thanks, Art.
Boys, looking good getting them cabinets up.
We’re getting someplace here. Hoorah.
Keep up the good work. Now as you can see, the boys are
just beat up. They are exhausted.
They need to take a break, so see you next time on Military
Makeover, Designing Spaces. Don’t make me have to come over
to your house and adjust your TV.
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