DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — In true Military Makeover style, host Montel Williams, cast and crew, special guest WWE Superstar Lacey Evans, and national brands like ABC Supply Co. Inc. have come together again to serve those who have served.
Marine Corps veteran Jacob Tabora, along with his family, will be the recipients of a beautifully renovated home among other items of gratitude. The first of five episodes airs on Nov. 20 at 7:30 a.m. EST. All aired episodes can be viewed at militarymakeover.tv.
"In the nearly three decades since I retired from the Navy, I've never really taken the uniform off because standing up for those who are serving now and those who have served has been the greatest honor of my professional career," said Williams, host and co-executive producer.
After completing his first tour in Iraq, Tabora was based as a tank gunner at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., when a 120mm round malfunctioned and exploded inside his tank. Tabora was left with second- and third-degree burns over more than half of his body, but as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, Tabora made it his new mission to persevere through this devastating situation.
After spending five years in burn recovery in the care of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center in San Antonio, Texas, Tabora started college at Northeast Lakeview where he met his wife, Ceanna, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
The Military Makeover team partners up with likeminded brands with a similar mission to help veterans such as our ongoing sponsors: Goodman Manufacturing, ABC Supply Co. Inc., MyComputerCareer, Tarkett and CaptionCall. This process also involves non-profits and local businesses in the community, and invites volunteers to step up and lend a hand in support of the Tabora family. Evans, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and WWE superstar, also makes an appearance. The final reveal unites cast, brand partners and volunteers, creating a literal "community celebration" of support for the change they created together.
"We are so fortunate to be able to cultivate strong partnerships with national brands, nonprofits, and local military communities to make each makeover better than the next," said Mark Alfieri, founder and CEO of BrandStar.