(TruthSeekerDaily)  After serving more than 20 years  in Japan in the military, this marine finally returned home this week to a surprise he never expected, but definitely deserves.  His friends had remodeled his entire home while he was away.

The marine, Jack Bernardo, purchased the home this past January as a fixer-upper in Suisun City, California, so that he would have a place to call home upon his long awaited return from military service overseas.  His generous friends knew the remodel project would cost Bernardo a lot of time and money, and decided to spare him the expense  and take the job on themselves for their hard-working friend.Bernardo2

The friends remodeled the kitchen, installed new floors, and landscaped the yard.

“I didn’t think it was right for a person who retired, given 21 years and 50% of their pay to come back and spend every cent that they saved on fixing up a home,” friend and former marine Jeremy Epperson said. “He’s a pretty emotional guy, so he’s… I imagine there will be a lot of tears.”

In an overwhelming moment of gratitude, upon finally arriving to his home, Bernardo broke down in tears at the sight of the remodeling.

“I don’t deserve this,” Bernardo said. “Twenty-one years I gave serving our country, and if I had 21 more years to give, I would. Because I love this country. Those guys that didn’t make it in one piece, they deserve this, not me.”

At the generosity of his thoughtful friends, Bernardo was able to save a good amount of money that would have gone to remodeling, and now plans to use that savings to send his two daughters to college.

Surprises for Bernardo didn’t stop and the refreshed house, Mayor Pete Sanchez of Suisun City has officially declared June 17 as Master Sgt. Jack Bernardo Day.

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h/t: [ KTVU ]