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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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SavageChef
Female, 50-59, Western US
 2203 Posts
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 4:49:16 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.

randomxnp
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1218 Posts
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 7:33:01 AM
I hope Signature Flight Support gave some, for the T-Shirt endorsement.

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13890 Posts
Monday, June 30, 2014 9:53:35 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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24890 Posts
Monday, June 30, 2014 9:51:03 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

Kaagan
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1516 Posts
Monday, June 30, 2014 8:35:05 PM
he was stationed in japan? what men did he lose?

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