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Creating The Man Cave With Frame My TV

August 26, 2019


THROUGH.
(MUSIC) HE SOME HOW RECOVERS BUT HIS YOUNG FAMILY
STRUGGLES TO SURVIVE. HOW WILL HE PROVIDE FOR THEM AND ADJUST TO A NEW LIFE IN A WHEELCHAIR?
(MUISC) HOW WILL THEY FIND A PLACE TO GROW AND THRIVE?
(MUISC) ON THIS EDITION OF OPERATION BUILD I’M COMING
HOME, WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW A WAR HERO FOUND HIS WAY TO FLORIDA AND A SUNNY NEW LIFE
(MUSIC) THIS IS THE STORY OF BRANDON.
(MUSIC) (I’M ALEXI PANELS. I LOVE WORKING AS A MODEL
AND TV HOST BUT WHEN I’M NOT HERE ON SET I LIVE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LIFE.
(MUSIC) WE ARE TURNING EXTREME SITUATIONS INTO EXTRAORDINARY
RESULTS. OUR MISSION IS TO INNOVATE, RENOVATE AND ELEVATE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN NEED.
(MUSIC) THIS IS OPERATION BUILD.
(MUSIC) (IT WAS A PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT DEPARTURE
FOR TWENTY YEAR OLD MARINE LANCE CORPORAL LAW BECAUSE HIS YOUNG WIFE NICOLE WAS EXPECTING
THEIR FIRST CHILD. HE WAS BEING DEPLOYED. IT WAS ONLY FOR SEVEN
TO NINE MONTHS SO WHEN HE WAS SUPPOSED TO GET BACK CLAIRE WOULD HAVE MAYBE BEEN ABOUT
THREE MONTHS OLD SO I WASN’T TO WORRIED I GUESS.
(MUSIC) TWO DAS BEFORE HIS DAUGHTER WAS BORN BRANDON
WAS ON FOOT PATROL. THE OTHER DAY I GOT A, A LITTLE MOTO MAIL
AND IT WAS A PICTURE OF NICOLE’S STOMACH AND (PAUSE)
UGGH I KEEP IT ON ME ALL THE TIME, I WAS REALLY HAPPY WHEN I SAW IT. IT MADE ME HAPPY.
(SNIF) I CANT WAIT TO GET HOME.
(MUSIC) AS THE BATTALION PREPARED TO MOVE NORTH HALF
WAY THROUGH THIS JOURNEY THE MEN STARTED SEEING STACKS OF RIVER WALKS THAT LOOKED SUSPICIOUS.
(MUSIC) BRANDON STEPPED OVER A BUSH TO GET A CLOSER
LOOK. (MUSIC)
I DO REMEMBER INITIALLY LANDING ON MY SIDE, OPENING MY EYES AND IT WAS JUST DUST AND I
COULDN’T BREATHE AND THEN I REMEMBER ROLLING ONTO MY BACK AND GOING TO LOOK AT MY LEGS
TO SEE EXACLY WHAT HAD HAPPENED AN I PULLED THE BONE OUT OF MY LEG.
BRANDON HAD STEPPED DIRECTLY ONTO AND IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE OR AN IED. BOTH HIS LEGS
WERE BLOWN OFF. HE LOST NINE EIGHT PERCENT OF HIS BLOOD VOLUME BEFORE HE ARRIVED AT FIELD
HOSPITAL. IT FELT LIKE SOMETHING UP THERE MADE ME COME
BACK FOR MY DAUGHTER. IT LITERALLY WAS LIKE MY DAUGHTER TELLING THAT IT WAS OK FOR ME
TO PASS AND THAT SHE FORGAVE ME. UMM…AND IT WAS GREAT BUT I WASN’T FOLLOWING
FOR IT. IN THE BACK OF MY HEAD I WAS JUST SAYING YOU KNOW, I DONT CARE IF IT’S OK FOR
YOU, IT’S NOT OK FOR ME. I GOTTA BE THERE FOR YOU. I WANT TO HOLD YOU. YOUR MY LITTLE
ONE. I HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN YET. (BABY CRYING)
CLAIRE WAS BORN TWO DAYS LATTER. AND BY WHAT SOME WOULD CALL A MIRACLE, SHE DID MEET HER
DAD. SHE WAS ABOUT YAY BIG, SHE HAD ON A LITTLE
BLUE DRESS WITH THESE WHITE SOCKS OVER HER HANDS
(GIGGLE) SHE HAD A LITTLE BOW TIE ON HER HEAD AND HER
AND I JUST LAID THERE AND TOOK A NAP AND I’LL NEVER FORGET IT. IT WAS AMAZING ESPECIALLY
TO THINK THAT I WAS SO CLOSE TO LOSING IT, YOU KNOW, TO LOSING EVERYTHING.
(MUSIC) I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LIFE CONTINUED AFTER THIS.
I LITERALLY THOUGH THAT YOU LOSE YOUR LEGS AND THAT’S IT, YOU’RE DONE. YOU KNOW AND IT’S
ALL I’M THINK IS YOU KNOW, I’M TWENTY YEARS OLD AND MY LIFE’S OVER ALREADY. YOU KNOW I’M
NEVER GONNA GET TO PLAY WITH MY KIDS, I’M NEVER GONNA GET TO GO OUTSIDE AND DO ALL THESE
ACTIVITIES AND UM DEFINITELY IF IT WASN’T FOR MY WIFE AND MY DAUGHTER AND ALL THE SUPPORT
THAT EVERYBODY’S GIVEN ME I DON’T KNOW WHERE I’D BE, YOU KNOW.
RIGHT NOW BRANDON LONG AN AFGHANISTAN WAR VETERAN IS TRYING TO GET HIS LIFE SETTLED
HERE IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. HE’S GOT A BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME ON FIVE ACRES THANKS TO THE NON-PROFIT
ORGANIZATION, HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS. BUT OPERATION BUILD ONCOMING HOME IS HERE TO TELL HIS STORY
AND ADD TO THE HOMES AMBIENCE IN A VERY PERSONAL WAY.
IT IS CALLED A MAN CAVE, ALSO KNOWN AS A MAN SPACE OR MANTUARY. BASICALLY IT’S A PLACE
WHERE GUYS CAN BE GUYS AND DO AS THEY PLEASE. (MUSIC)
AFTER TALKING TO BRANDON WE THOUGHT HE MIGHT APPRECIATE OUR HELP IN CREATING A PERSONAL
MAN LAND IN THIS SMALL SPACE. I’M EXCITED. UMMM…I JUST KIND OF PLANNED
FOR IT TO BE JUST A CHEESY LITTLE ROOM WITH A COUPLE PICTURES THAT I CAN ESCAPE FROM EVERYTHING
BUT, I’M KIND OF EXCITED TO WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN. (LAUGHTER)
I WASN’T PLANNING ON ANYTHING, HA. THE HOUSE WAS HONESTLY ENOUGH FOR ME. I MEAN
AND THEN HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A ROOM MORE FITTED TO HIS LIKING, I THOUGHT
IT WAS WONDERFUL. (MUSIC)
THE FIRST THING WE WANT TO CHANGE HERE IS THIS TV. IT’S OK. BUT WE’VE GOT A BETTER MORE
HIGH TECH OPTION. (MUSIC)
NOW WE ARE GOING TO HEAT UP THIS MANTUARY WITH SOME BEAUTIFUL ART WORK FROM CAFE PRESS.
(MUSIC) UMM SO WE DID LITTLE NUANCES. WE MADE ONE
OF OUR PRISMATIC FRAMES. IT’S A SOLID HARD WOOD FRAME. IT’S WALNUT. WE ALSO WORKED WITH
A FAMOUS ARTIST, RALPH WOLFCOHEN, AND TO DO A PAINTING OF MARILYN MONROE CAUSE BRANDON
REALLY LIKES MARILYN MONROE WE FOUND OUT SO THAT WILL BE A GREAT SURPRISE FOR HIM.
AWESOME AND IT LOOKS LIKE A PAINTING BUT… BUT JUST PUSH THE BUTTON AND THE PAINTING
ROLLS UP AND REVEALS THE TELEVISION. WOW! THAT IS SO NEAT. AND YOU KNOW WITH FLAT
SCREENS THEY’VE GOTTEN SO, YOU KNOW, STREAM LINED AND THIN AND THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO
REALLY ADD DECOR WHILE STILL HAVING THE ABILITY TO ENTERTAIN.
EXACTLY, EXACTLY. IT’S THE NUMBER ONE CHALLENGE OF WHERE TO PUT THE TV OVER THE FIREPLACE,
NO WAY ON EARTH DO A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT THE TV OVER THEIR FIREPLACE SO IF YOU FRAME IT,
IT MAKES IT BLEND IN WITH THE DECORE. I LOVE IT! LET’S TALK ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT
OPTIONS YOU CAN DO. I MEAN THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL WOOD PIECE, BUT YOU MENTIONED VANITY MIRRORS.
YEA, YEA EXACTLY. THAT’S A NEW THING THAT WE’RE COMING OUT WITH RIGHT NOW AS WELL AS
LIGHTED MIRROS TO GO IN YOUR BATHROOM VANITY. YOU COULD HAVE A TV IN YOUR BATHROOM VANITY
IF YOU WANTED AS WELL. YOU CAN HAVE IT FLATTENED TIGHT TO THE WALL OR YOU CAN HAVE IT SURFACE
MOUNTED ON THE WALL. AWESOME. SO HOW DOES IT FEEL FOR YOU TO BE
ABLE TO BE WORKING WITH A VET LIKE BRANDON WHOSE DONE SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY?
IT’S REALLY REALLY, AH IT’S SO MOVING UM I WANT TO MILITARY SCHOOL MYSELF UP IN VERMONT
AND IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE BUT WE’VE LOST ALOT OF OUR CLASSMATES AND MANY OF THEM COME
BACK INJURED AS WELL. AND WHAT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS IS DOING IS AMAZING! IN FACT IN WORKING
WITH THEM WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO GIVE THEM A FREE UNIT FOR EVERY ONE OF THE HOUSES THEY DO IN
THE NEXT YEAR. AND WHAT’S YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE LONG FAMILY
BEEN SINCE YOU’VE BEEN HERE? THEY’RE AMAZING. I MEAN TO HAVE GONE THROUGH
SUCH STRUGGLES, SUCH A CHALLENGE AND BRANDON JUST HAS SUCH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON EVERYTHING.
I MEAN I CAN’T IMAGINE. WHEN I FIRST MET HIM I JUST, I WAS TAKEN BACK AND TO SEE THAT HE
JUST DOESN’T LET IT STOP HIM AT ALL. I MEAN, HE HE’S A PARENT, A FATHER, JUST LIKE ANY
OTHER. DO YOU THINK THEY’RE GOING TO LIKE THIS ROOM
WHEN THEY COME IN? I THINK HE’S GOING TO BE PRETTY SURPRISED.
WE’D LIKE TO THANK HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS, FRAMEMYTV.COM, TRACK PHONE, NET 10 WIRELESS, LENNOX, AND
CAFE PRESS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO BRANDON LONG’S FAMILY FUTURE. AND THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.
IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHOSE IN NEED, WETHER RECOVERING FROM A NATURAL DISASTER OR ANY NEGATIVE LIFE
CIRCUMSTANCE WE HOPE YOU’LL EMAIL US. AND DON’T FORGET TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND FOLLOW
US ON TWITTER. OPERATION BUILD IS READY TO TAKE ON CHALLENGING NEW MISSIONS EVERYDAY.
UNTIL NEXT TIME, I’M ALEXI PANOS. (MUSIC)

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