Story to be featured on “Designing Spaces Military Makeover,” airing on Lifetime® Television
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (October 6, 2015) – Arpin Van Lines will be helping an Army veteran and his family move into their new mortgage-free home on an upcoming episode of “Designing Spaces Military Makeover.” The program will air on Lifetime® Television on October 16 at 7 a.m. (ET/PT) with a re-air on December 10.
From the producers of the home decorating and remodeling show, “Designing Spaces,” “Military Makeover” is a very special mini-series dedicated to giving back to members of U.S. military and their loved ones. Enlisting the help of decorators, designers, landscapers and other home renovation experts, the show’s host, retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, or “The Gunny,” helps transform the homes – and the lives – of military families across the country.
Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Matt Dolan, who served for 24 years as an aviator, is now chief operating officer and senior vice president of military services for Arpin Group. He reflected on Arpin Van Lines’ special appearance on the show:
"Arpin has many retired military and honorably discharged veterans on our staff. We have a pledge, and that is 'to treat each Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Coast Guardsman and Marine with the same honor and dignity with which they serve our nation.' We do everything to make the moving process as stress free as possible for them and their families while offering them special discounts and incentives. We are thrilled to be here on Military Makeover, and to be able to lend a hand to Thomas Travis and family with their moving needs.
The story begins a few months ago, when the show’s producers received a call from Wilma “Tinky” Stuart of Orlando, Florida. She was touched by what she saw on the Military Makeover series that aired in November 2014, coming from a military family herself. Wilma wanted to make a difference for a needy veteran — and has generously donated a home to the next Military Makeover family.
The featured veteran, Tommy Travis, spent nearly eight years in the U.S. Army, including deployments to Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Last year, he retired from the military and today he suffers from PTSD and a traumatic brain injury. Tommy’s disabilities have complicated his day-to-day life as he juggles supporting his family while going back to finish his degree. The chance to be on Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover gives Tommy’s family the clean slate they need to shape their future.