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Filming For ‘Military Makeover’ Set To Begin

Renovations as part of a military home makeover TV show for an Ashville family began Tuesday. “Military Makeover With Montel,” a home improvement show on Lifetime that features Montel Williams, is in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Program for the family of Cody Willett. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

ASHVILLE — Scattered on the deck and driveway of the Willett home in Ashville was a pile of debris from Day 1 of a two-week renovation project. However, the organized chaos will soon be transformed into an “incredible experience,” as Cody Willett previously described it.

Willett, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was selected as the winner of “Military Makeover With Montel,” a home improvement show on Lifetime that features Montel Williams.

“It’s surreal and one of those things you never expect to happen,” Willett told The Post-Journal after he was selected for the program in March.

Willett suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from his deployments to Afghanistan.

He is a currently member of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office where he works as a computer specialist.

P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

The renovation project is in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Program that helps veterans return to civilian life. Cindy Reidy, program coordinator, said the turnout on the first day of “interior demolitions” was more than anticipated.

An estimated 30 volunteers participated Tuesday morning to kick off the project,

Production crews will be filming various locations, including Willett’s Ashville home, for the next two weeks. An unveiling for the work done will take place May 9.

The Willett family was moved to a temporary home until work is completed.

Supplies and services have been offered from local businesses to help the home makeover. In addition, Reidy said other veterans groups in the county have offered to help.

She said anyone who wishes to donate to the project, supplies of water would be appreciated by the volunteer crews.

Eric Tichy contributed to this story.

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