The military, veteran, and service-member community are very important to the LendUS Family of Companies, which is why LendUS partnered with the television show, Military Makeover® on home renovations for veterans and their families.
Military Makeover is a very special mini-series dedicated to giving back to members of our military and their loved ones. Host Montel Williams enlists the help of decorators, designers, landscapers and other home renovation experts to change the living situation — and the lives — of deserving families.
LendUS volunteers — representing each of the LendUS companies — remodeled homes for two deserving veterans and their families in Florida. Teams worked on the home and yard of veteran Daniel Burgess in December 2020, and for veteran Michael Daniels in March 2021.
Learn more about Daniel Burgess and his family
Learn more about Michael Daniels and his family
Learn more about Michelle Dingee
In the course of a 4-day battle in Iraq in 2004, Michael Daniels and another Marine were hit by grenade fragments. Michael picked up his comrade and moved him to safety before returning to the fight. For his conduct under fire, Michael was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a “V” for Valor for heroic achievement. Today, Michael is permanently disabled. He continues to suffer from severe PTSD, traumatic brain injuries as well as physical injuries. Michael and Heather (a Neuro Intensive Care Registered Nurse) recently bought their first home in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Military Makeover and LendUS joined forces to help the Daniels Family make their new house a home by renovating and building accommodations to meet Michael’s needs. In March 2021, members from LendUS, RPM Mortgage, American Eagle Mortgage, and The Palmetto Group joined together in volunteering efforts, with many of the volunteers being veterans themselves. In addition, a LendUS advisor discussed the value of VA loans and lending opportunities for the entire country.
I am extremely proud that the LendUS family is sponsoring the next Military Makeover Family. It is our small way to show genuine care and support for a specific hero and his family for serving our country with valor, says Rob Hirt, LendUS CEO.
Military Makeover can be seen on the Lifetime Network, national broadcast syndicates, and on the American Forces TV Network. The Daniels family episodes will begin airing in May:
Rob Hirt, LendUS CEO
Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Burgess spent his 11-year military career between active duty and the Reserves. Toward the end of his tenure in the military, Daniel was tasked with working with local community members in locating, identifying and removing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) left by the Taliban. In 2014 Burgess had the misfortune of stepping on a hidden IED in the Afghan desert, resulting in him losing his right leg and severely hurting his left leg.
After being medically retired, Daniel has had an ongoing recovery, spending three years in Texas at the Fort Sam Houston/Brooke Army Medical Center, where his wife Genette and his two daughters Gracie and Kaylee moved in order to be closer to him. The family’s continued support was provided by the Fisher House Foundation allowing them to stay close to the center.
Military Makeover and LendUS joined forces to help the Burgess Family make their current house their forever home by renovating and building accommodations to meet Daniel’s needs.
See all the episodes of Season 25 here:
With some of the most competitive rates for VA loan financing on the market — and a number of veterans on staff who understand your unique financial needs — we support our veterans. Learn more about our lending options for military families.