Marine Master Sgt. Jacinto Bernardo and his family bought a fixer-upper in California before deploying to Okinawa, Japan. But when he returned from his deployment, the fixing-up part was complete — a surprise orchestrated by an old boot camp buddy.
Bernardo and his wife returned to Suisun City, California, on Tuesday — their final homecoming as the master sergeant completed his 21-year career in the Corps, according to ABC7.
Before leaving for Japan, Bernardo asked his friend, Jeremy Epperson, to look after his new place, according to ABC7. But Epperson decided the retiring master sergeant rated a better house after more than two decades in the Marine Corps.
So he set out gathering donations, eventually giving the house a $70,000 upgrade, ABC7 reported. Volunteers helped put in new floors and carpeting, a new kitchen and a lawn, according to the station.
“We did it for you brother,” Epperson told Bernardo, according to the report. “Twenty one years in the Marine Corps, retiring, you don’t deserve to come back to a house where you have to spend a lot of your savings and time fixing it up.”
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