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Returning Marine [Pic]

Last week, a retiring U.S. Marine got the surprise of his life and a fitting one for a 21-year military veteran.

Master Sergeant Jacinto Bernardo, an Iraq war veteran who recently retired after serving 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, asked his old Marine buddy Jeremy Epperson to watch his new home in Suisun, California, while he was stationed in Japan with his family. The home was a major fixer-upper because it was all the Bernardo family could afford.

Epperson gladly agreed to watch his Marine brother”s home, though he had much bigger plans in mind.

While Bernardo was away, Epperson raised money and support to do roughly $70,000 in renovations to the Marine”s house. Hes named the renovation program Homecoming Heroes.

Screengrab via ABC7 News

Screengrab via ABC7 News

When Bernardo and his family finally made it home last week, a limo was waiting for them at the airport. The limo then took them to their new home, no longer a fixer-upper. Epperson said no retiring U.S. Marine should have to return to a home that is such a mess.

Bernardo teared up while talking to a local news station about the astonishing surprise.

We are proud of our service, the teary-eyed Marine said. Those guys that didn”t make it back and those guys that didn”t make it in one piece, they deserve this, not me.

Watch the amazing moment here:

emphasis on “”home””

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Date: 06/30/15 07:34 AM

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  1. Profile photo of handimanner
    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    June 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    Link: Returning Marine - emphasis on ``home``
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    June 30, 2014 at 8:10 am
    Great that you guys support each other.
    Shame our governments don`t do the same.
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    Jerm_Leather Male 18-29
    897 posts
    June 30, 2014 at 8:45 am
    Drawman61 said Exactly what we`re all thinking.
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    MelCervini Female 50-59
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    June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
    exactly Drawman... pity our govt thinks more of giving freebies to illegal aliens than take care of its own military.
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    jops360 Male 30-39
    689 posts
    June 30, 2014 at 9:51 am
    mel - correction, aid is being taken away from everyone but the ones making the rules. the only welfare thats on the rise is corporate. everything else is being systematically cut to make sure we can send even more of our population to war.
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    pazerlenis Male 40-49
    1380 posts
    June 30, 2014 at 10:21 am
    Some topics shouldn`t be turned into partisan political complaints.

    This is one of those topics.
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    MelCervini Female 50-59
    2254 posts
    June 30, 2014 at 10:34 am
    @panzer... you`re absolutely correct, my apologies to all for being an azzhole, especially since its once of my own being honored.
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    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
    2581 posts
    June 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    Anyone in the military is there because they either believe the propaganda or want money. The government takes advantage in either situation.
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    Viking864 Male 40-49
    1444 posts
    June 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm
    Spoken like somebody who does not know what they are talking about.
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    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    June 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm
    he was stationed in japan? what men did he lose?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    June 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm
    @Kaagan: That was his last posting, he`d served in Iraq before that. Presumably in combat...

    iirc: Long-serving soldiers often get "sweet" assignments for their last Tour Of Duty. The good ones anyhow :-)
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    June 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm
    he was stationed in japan? what men did he lose?
    Having served 21 years, he probably moved about once per year and served 3-4 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Japan was just his last station.
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    randomxnp Male 30-39
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    July 1, 2014 at 7:33 am
    I hope Signature Flight Support gave some, for the T-Shirt endorsement.
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    SavageChef Female 50-59
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    July 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    Even when we were all in Okinawa together, we almost never saw our Marine. He spent months away, on board ships, in other countries. Unless you are a veteran, STFU.

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