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This Lifetime Network Show renovated a deserving veteran’s home with the help of volunteers, including Marcus Luttrell and MyComputerCareer Staff, Students and Graduates. Military Makeover is a show that is dedicated to improving the lives of veterans in need. The most recent show was filmed just last week in Brandenton, Florida to renovate the home of Army Sergeant 1st Class Aaron Cornelius.
In the spring of 2008, Cornelius was on his third tour in Iraq when his unit was called out on a mission to recover several of his soldiers who had setup security around a trapped U.S. tank. Upon arrival, his unit was ambushed in a coordinated attack near an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The IED exploded with Cornelius virtually on top it. Shrapnel from the powerful blast hit him in the head, destroying the top of his skull and permanently blinding him.
“We lost five boys to that IED,” Cornelius recalled. “They were trapped in the vehicle that caught fire and they died.” Incredibly, the father of five daughters remained conscious and continued to call out orders to his unit until his surviving men were safely back at their base.
Cornelius was medically retired from the Army in 2010 after more than 20 years of service to his nation and was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic service. His wife took over the household and the couple’s five daughters while he recovered from his injuries and adjusted to life without sight.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck again when his wife passed away unexpectedly in 2010.
Now 48 years old, he found love again and is married to his second wife Melissa. They share the home with one of Cornelius’s daughters, his service dog – a black lab named Vernon – a second dog, and four cats. Through all his hardships, Cornelius has not lost his sense for humor. “I raised five daughters, still have a wonderful youngster in the house and grandbabies. I’m the only tough-looking guy in the neighborhood that knows how to braid hair.
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