Big News for a Purple Heart Recipient

Big News for a Purple Heart Recipient


– WE LOVE CELEBRATING
MILITARY FAMILIES, AND I FOUND OUT JUST NOW THAT WE HAVE A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT
IN OUR AUDIENCE TODAY. ALEX STEVENSON.
WHERE ARE YOU, ALEX? THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT, AND I’M GLAD
YOU’RE HERE IN THE AUDIENCE. – THANK YOU.
IT’S SUCH A PLEASURE TO BE HERE. – YEAH.
AND, HEATHER–ACTUALLY– WE ACTUALLY KNEW YOU WERE
A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT BECAUSE HEATHER
WROTE AN EMAIL TO US. YOU ALSO SERVED IN THE MILITARY
AS WELL, RIGHT? – I DID. ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. I’M A STAY-AT-HOME MOM NOW. – YEAH. – I STOLE HER AWAY. – [laughs]
[cheers and applause] – AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE EXACTLY? – CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MARYLAND. – YES.
IT’S PRETTY. – VERY COLD THERE TOO NOW,
RIGHT? – YES, VERY COLD.
– VERY COLD, YEAH. – VERY COLD.
AND YOU HAVE KIDS? HOW MANY KIDS?
– THREE KIDS. – THREE KIDS.
HOW OLD ARE THEY? SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GRACE,
FIVE-YEAR-OLD JACK, AND TWO-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD
HARPER. – ALL RIGHT, AND – OH, LOOK!
THERE THEY ARE. – OOH, THERE.
– HOW PRECIOUS. AND HOW MANY TIMES
HAVE YOU BEEN DEPLOYED? – UM, OH, GOSH. WELL,
ABOUT A HALF A DOZEN TIMES. I’VE BEEN TO IRAQ ONCE,
AFGHANISTAN TWICE, AND THEN
A BUNCH OF OTHER COUNTRIES. – WOW.
AMAZING. AND THEN YOU CAME HOME, AND LET’S TALK ABOUT
WHAT HAPPENED AS SOON AS YOU GOT BACK. – SO I CAME HOME
FROM AFGHANISTAN IN 2010, SUMMER OF 2010, AND TWO WEEKS LATER, HEATHER HAD A REALLY SERIOUS
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT. – LIKE A REALLY SERIOUS ONE.
– YEAH. – WHAT HAPPENED? – I WAS GOING
ABOUT 25 MILES AN HOUR– – NOT FAST.
– NOT FAST. GOT FORCED INTO A MEDIAN, AND FLIPPED OVER
AND HIT FACE-FIRST. SO– IT’S OKAY.
I’M BETTER NOW, YOU GUYS. [laughs]
[cheers and applause] – BUT YOU HAD
A LOT OF SURGERIES, RIGHT? – I HAD ABOUT 12 SURGERIES. I’VE HAD A LOT OF
RECONSTRUCTION. A LOT OF FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION. – WOW.
MOTORCYCLES ARE DANGEROUS. – THEY ARE.
– BE CAREFUL. – MINE IS–MINE IS PUT AWAY.
IT’S GONE. – GONE NOW.
GOOD. – GONE AND DONE. – ‘CAUSE YOU HAD
A LOT OF MONEY SAVED UP TO GO TO YOUR HOME
TO FIX UP YOUR HOME, AND THEN THEY
WENT TO MEDICAL BILLS, RIGHT? – YES. – SO LET’S TALK ABOUT
YOUR HOME FOR A MINUTE, ‘CAUSE I SAW SOME PICTURES
OF YOUR HOME. – IT’S BAD.
– IT’S A WORK IN PROGRESS. – WELL, IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S–
WHERE’S THE PROGRESS? I’M LOOKING FOR THAT. [laughter] SO THERE’S THINGS
THAT YOU NEED TO FIX, AND YOU KIND OF NEED– YOU KIND OF NEED HELP
WITH YOUR HOME. THAT’S WHAT I’M LOOKING AT
AND SEEING. ALL RIGHT, SO WHAT I WANT TO DO
IS, IN THE WASHINGTON AREA, THERE HAS TO BE A HANDYMAN
OR PEOPLE THAT WILL HELP AND CHIP IN AND COME HELP THEM FOR WHAT THEY DO
TO HELP PROTECT US AND PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE, THE LEAST WE CAN DO
IS HELP THEM. SO IF SOMEONE
CAN HELP THEM IN THE– IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA, AND LET’S GET YOUR HOME
FIXED UP. AND IN THE MEANTIME, I HAVE $2,000 FOR HOME DEPOT
SO YOU CAN GO– – OH, THANK YOU!
[cheers and applause] – OH!
– OH, THANK YOU! – THANK YOU. – WE’LL USE IT WELL. – GET SOME PAINT.
– YES, MA’AM. – WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK
AFTER THIS. DURING THE BREAK, ODDLY ENOUGH, WE FOUND SOME PEOPLE
THAT ACTUALLY ARE ABLE TO HELP YOU,
THAT QUICK. FROM HGTV,
DO YOU KNOW JOHN AND ANTHONY, “COUSINS ON CALL”? – YES.
[cheers and applause] – THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP.
COME ON OUT. – THIS IS AMAZING.
WE WERE JUST DOWN THE STREET. – IT’S SO WEIRD. I WAS JUST ASKING IF THERE
WAS SOMEBODY THAT COULD HELP, AND HERE YOU ARE
IN THE BUILDING. – WE’RE HERE.
– INCREDIBLE. – I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT WORKED–
– YOU CALL, WE SHOW UP. – YEAH, I KNOW.
– THAT’S IT. – Y’ALL REALLY ARE AMAZING.
– THANK YOU. [cheers and applause] – SO FIRST AND FOREMOST, GUYS… – WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO? – WE JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU
FOR WHAT YOU DO AND WHAT YOU’VE DONE
FOR OUR COUNTRY. [cheers and applause]
– THANK YOU. – THAT’S WHY WE’RE–YOU KNOW, WE’RE ALWAYS SO READY TO SHOW UP
WHEN ELLEN CALLS. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE FIXING
ALL THE HOLES AND CAULK. VERY GOOD.
I’M IMPRESSED. [laughter] BUT WE’RE GONNA BE FIXING
ALL THE HOLES IN THE HOUSE, WE’RE GONNA BE PAINTING
THE WHOLE INSIDE, THE WHOLE OUTSIDE. WE HAVE A CREW THERE NOW
STARTING TO ASSESS EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW, WE GOT TO GET IN THERE
AND BANG IT OUT. BUT WE’RE GONNA ALSO DO ALL THE APPLIANCES
IN THE KITCHEN FOR YOU AS WELL. – OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
– ALL RIGHT? AND YOU KNOW,
DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER, WE’RE GONNA SEE WHAT ELSE
WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO MATCH. – AWESOME. WOW.
– OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH. [laughter] – AND WE’LL SEE HOW IT ALL TURNS
OUT ON THE SHOW NEXT FRIDAY. SO WE’LL ALL SEE IT TOGETHER. IT’LL BE FANTASTIC. – YES.
– THANK YOU AGAIN. – OH, THANK YOU.
[cheers and applause] – THIS RENOVATION
WILL BE FEATURED ON SEASON TWO
OF “COUSINS UNDERCOVER” PREMIERING ON HGTV THIS SUMMER. WE’LL BE BACK. [cheers and applause]

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