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by Tommy Fox

Master Sergeant Jacinto Bernardo is an Iraq war veteran who just retired after 21 years in the Marines. Most recently, he and his family were stationed in Japan. (It's pronounced Juh-SIN-toe, and he looks to be in his late 40s or 50s.)

Back in January, he and his wife were finally able to buy a house in Suisun City, California, just north of San Francisco. (It's pronounced Soo-sun City.) But it was a MAJOR fixer upper, because that's all they could afford.

Now, before they left for Japan, Jacinto asked a Marine buddy named Jeremy Epperson to keep an eye on the house for him. But when he got home last week, he found out Jeremy did WAY better than that.

First, there was a limo waiting for him and his family at the airport. Then when they got to the house, they found out Jeremy had raised a bunch of money while they were gone . . . and did $70,000 worth of renovations on it.

Jacinto cried when he talked to the local news about it, because he said there are other veterans who deserve it more than he does. You can check out the before-and-after photos online.

( ABC News / KGO-TV )