Home makeover show looking for military families

WASHINGTON – If you are a military family whose home is in dire need of repair and renovation, the ABC reality show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” wants to hear from you.

The show, which rehabs the homes of families dealing with hard times at no cost to the families, typically features between one and three military families per season, said senior producer Diane Korman.

“I’ve been on this show since the very beginning and whenever we do families where Mom or Dad has served in the armed forces, you just have hundreds if not thousands of people who just come out to watch the build and cheer on the teams, and that is exactly what this show is all about,” Korman said.

To find military families, the show has teamed up with Ranger Up, a North Carolina company that makes military apparel and maintains a popular military blog.

“For us, the hardest part, with any family, is that sometimes those who need us most would never ask for help, and so we look to organizations like Ranger Up to introduce us to families who need our help,” Korman said.

In addition to finding military families, Ranger Up will also verify that applicants are truly in need, said company CEO Nick Palmisciano. To be eligible, families must have children and own their home, which cannot be in foreclosure or have a lien against it.

Palmisciano, a West Point graduate, recommended that troops looking for a family to nominate contact their first sergeant.

“First sergeant’s going to be the person who knows best, in every company, who needs the help,” he said.

People who want to apply for a home makeover or nominate someone else can e-mail Ranger Up at



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