PINELLAS PARK (FOX 13) - A veteran - still recovering from wounds he suffered while on tour in Afghanistan - along with his family got a well deserved surprise, right in their back yard.
Lifetime's Military Makeovers, with a little help from R. Lee Ermey, AKA The Gunny, remodeled the family's Pinellas Park home and unveiled the finished product Thursday afternoon.
It was all hands on deck Thursday as crews rushed to put the final touches on Purple Heart recipient, Lance Corporal Devin Kyle's newly remodeled home.
This was not your standard renovation. It was a way of saying 'thank you' to a decorated war veteran who spent the last three years recovering from wounds from war.
"It's an obligation. I feel strongly we need to give them a little boost, a help up," Ermey explained from outside Kyle's home.
Ermey and Military Makeovers co-host Art Edmonds, along with a crew of around 70 people, remodeled the Kyles' house in just 4 days.
Almost half of thew crew were volunteers from the Bay Area.
"It's fun. We work hard all week and then, come the turnover day, that's our big payout. That's when Art and I reap the benefits of our labors," Ermey explained.
Edmonds added a comment, directed playfully at Ermey, "that's it! And all of your yelling at the volunteers and at me finally pays off!"
In that short amount of time, the crew completely transformed the home both inside and out. They were under the gun, but by the time Kyle and his family arrived Thursday afternoon, it was mission accomplished.
A new bedroom, kitchen and living room for mom and dad, and plenty of surprises for their 3-year-old daughter, Raelynn Kyle.
Meanwhile, Devin Kyle will continue his recovery in a comfortable home. He is two years removed from the day he was injured, but still suffers PTSD and has metal fragments in his leg which will never be removed.
Kyle was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Naval Sea Service Ribbon and a NATO-ISAF Medal.