Lancaster County combat vet gets surprise on Lifetime’s ‘Military Makeover’

LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — A Lancaster County combat veteran was surprised Sunday to find out his home was part of the “Military Makeover” TV show with celebrity host Montel Williams.

The show fixes up homes of former military members aimed to make their lives better.

The Thomas family was greeted by friends and family and a motorcade at their house as part of the TV show.

Jonathan Thomas was deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The combat veteran received two Purple Hearts for saving his team after a suicide bomber detonated explosives.

Thomas said he was humbled by the makeover of his home.

“I’m still in shock because I came back to my driveway seeing people I’ve never met before,” Thomas said. “I’m still speechless but I’m very humbled.”

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“One of the things that is so incredible for us is that it takes 10 days for us to, literally with the help of a community ... to say thank you to one of their own, like swinging the hammers, painting, doing the things that they’ve done,” Williams said.

Williams, who hosts the show, spent more than 20 years in the military.

Military Makeover airs on Lifetime. Thomas’ episode is set to air on Nov. 11.

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