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Soldier's surprise home makeover revealed

New Port Richey, Florida -- "Are you guys ready to see your house?" asks Lauren Price with Veteran Warriors.


"Are you sure?"


"What do you got to say to move that bus?"

"Move that bus!" exclaims the Sharkey family.

It's time to see weeks of nearly 200 volunteers and contractors' hard work.

"Oh my god it's beautiful!" says Danielle Sharkey.

Franky the dog, Michael, Danielle and their two sons are ready for a tour of their renovated home after two people had been squatting at the home of Army soldier Michael Sharkey since September 2012 while the family was stationed in Hawaii. They were arrested and accused of not only trashing the home, but also stealing electricity.

"Welcome home," Price says to Michael and hugs him.

The Veteran Warriors group organized an estimated $60,000 worth of renovations a new A/C, new appliances, new floors, new paint and a new roof.

"It's gorgeous."

An emotional Danielle fights to hold back tears, "I didn't expect anything like this."

"I'm speechless I can't believe it," Michael says.

"I've never seen a community come together so much for one person, one family and do something like this, there's just no words," Danielle says.


"I was expecting to come back to a disaster from what I saw and what I heard," says Michael.

There's no longer a rotting old pool in the back yard and new sod and landscaping.

"I'm just blown away by it all I really am just blown away by everything that's been done," says Michael.

Thanks to countless volunteers and a number of donations, the Sharkey family has a new home to call home.

VIDEO: Extended interview with Sharkey family following home makeover



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