Returning Marine [Pic]

Submitted by: handimanner 1 year ago

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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There are 14 comments:
Female 2,691
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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Male 1,293
I hope Signature Flight Support gave some, for the T-Shirt endorsement.
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Male 15,832
[quote]he was stationed in japan? what men did he lose?[/quote]
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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Male 36,335
@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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Male 1,627
he was stationed in japan? what men did he lose?
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Male 1,444
Spoken like somebody who does not know what they are talking about.
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Male 2,579
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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Female 3,176
@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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Male 1,380
Some topics shouldn`t be turned into partisan political complaints.

This is one of those topics.
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Male 689
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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Female 3,176
exactly Drawman... pity our govt thinks more of giving freebies to illegal aliens than take care of its own military.
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Male 897
Drawman61 said Exactly what we`re all thinking.
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Male 7,775
Great that you guys support each other.
Shame our governments don`t do the same.
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Male 2,096
Link: Returning Marine [Pic] [Rate Link] - emphasis on ``home``
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