Jack Bernardo, who has served in the Marines for 21 years and had been stationed in Okinawa, Japan, was moved to tears when he came home to see his Suisun City, Calif., home had been fully renovated.

Jeremy Epperson, who Bernardo trusted to look after the property and organized the remodel, said it didn’t seem right that Bernardo would have to spend so much cash on fixing the place up after serving his country.