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'Cousins Undercover': Iraq War veteran gets the surprise of a lifetime

'Cousins Undercover': Iraq War Veteran Gets The Surprise Of A Lifetime

On "Cousins Undercover," John and Anthony surprised Iraq war veteran Mark Little and his wife Alicia, with an amazing home renovation.

Mark: "We're Mark and Alicia Little. I was only deployed one time in my military career and that was to Iraq. On September 7, 2007, boom, explosion, and I realized my legs were gone."

Mark, a Captain who lost both his legs, didn't let his injury hold him back though. According to NBC, he instead made it his mission to help others after he came home, by starting a non-profit called Warrior 360. It's mission is to help Veterans and wounded service members in any capacity they need.

John and Anthony, and Ellen DeGerenes, were inspired by Mark's story and decided to pay it forward.
When Mark saw his new home, he was speechless for a moment. "Oh my gosh, this is stunning. Unbelievably stunning," he said as he laughed in disbelief.

The couple called the home gorgeous and phenomenal. The guys put brand new flooring through the entire space and built a custom shuffleboard table with the help of Mark's friends. They also framed the 400 coins that were given to Mark while he was in the military for accommodation and respect; one was even from the President.

But that wasn't all. The cousins also remodeled the bedroom and bathroom and turned the back room of the house into a resting area and spa, hot tub included.

As Broadway World notes, the cousins have collaborated more than once with Ellen's team to help deserving families. The premise of this show is to help communities say thank you to hometown heroes.

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stengernc July 04 2014 at 6:47 AM

Great to see and hear of things like this but we should never forget that our veterans are put into harms by by the arrogance and greed of Wall Street. Haliburton made billions in profit off the Iraq war while 4000 vets gave their lives and another 40,000 suffered injuries....and for what? Pres Bush and VP Dick Cheney (who was the president of Haliburton) destabilized the region. Veterans are pawns of the supper rich. Let the arabs kill each other over their religion....it is so stupid since God does not approve of killing.

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Jerry July 04 2014 at 6:47 AM

Great Job; All our vets should have something great for them!

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frankdlu July 04 2014 at 10:27 AM


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desertauracactus July 04 2014 at 5:37 PM

What a wonderful thing to do for this American Warrior!

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jrrosenthal July 04 2014 at 8:04 PM

Too bad Ellen had to get her gay name into this.

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marshalekc jrrosenthal July 04 2014 at 10:44 PM

You are an idiot...jrrosenthal!!! Gay or not...she is a caring, great woman!!!

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madlyfem July 04 2014 at 8:06 PM

I saw the program. It was UNBELIEVABLE what they did. The house was totally redone. This dear man and his family deserved it.

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lthrnck68 July 04 2014 at 8:26 PM

You call Adam Richman a star, but don't call Ellen DeGeneres one? That's really twisting and misusing the word star.

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biffcove July 04 2014 at 10:52 PM

Hope all works out for you! Enjoy your home and thanks much for your service!

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