Appliances for a Hero

By Lyle Weischwill | Sep. 01, 2023 8:10 am PST

This fall, Sears Home Services joined with Military Makeover with Montel® to provide U.S. Army veteran Carlos Colón-Ruiz with new appliances as part of a complete home remodel.

Who is Carlos Colón-Ruiz?

Carlos Colón-Ruiz’s began his Army career in 2006. After completing basic training, he was sent to the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Then, he joined the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment – one of the most recognized units in the United States due to its popularity in the HBO series, “Band of Brothers.” This unit was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq.

Image of Army veteran Carlos Colon-Ruiz

It was in 2008 that Colón-Ruiz was deployed to Afghanistan. He was sent to the city of Wardack. During this tour, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in his Humvee, which caused him to suffer several serious injuries. His injuries include loss of sight in one eye, hearing impairment, loss of two fingers and two paralyzed fingers. All of this is unfortunate, but he continues to push through life.

Carlos Colón-Ruiz was awarded a Purple Heart and also received an Infantry Badge and Army Commendations Medal – recognition he well deserves.

We pleased to help honor the Colón-Ruiz family by helping Military Makeover to remodel their home.

What is Military Makeover with Montel®?

Military Makeover with Montel® is America’s leading reality TV show that offers hope and a helping hand here on the home front to members of our military and their loved ones. A veteran of both the Marine Corps and the Navy, talk show legend and military advocate Montel Williams along with a colorful cast transforms the homes and lives of military families across the country.

This special series enlists caring companies of all sizes as well as non-profits and the local community, including Sears, to help with the show. Military Makeover airs on Lifetime® and on the American Forces Network.

Help starts at home for veterans on Military Makeover. Sears and the Military Makeover team strive to change the living situation – and the lives – of veteran Carlos Colón-Ruiz and his family.

How Sears is Helping Military Makeover to Transform the Colón-Ruiz Home

Sears Home Services is making moments matter for the Colón-Ruiz family by donating this set of new appliances for the remodel:

Samsung Smart Refrigerator

Clean lines and a modern design define this French door smart refrigerator by Samsung. When you open it, you’ll find a beautifully designed interior with high-efficiency LED lighting along with 17.5 cu. ft. of flexible storage.

Image of Samsung fridge for Military Makeover

Samsung’s Twin Cooling keeps food fresher, longer. The tempered glass spill-proof shelves can accommodate tall and oversized items; the freezer drawer is a great place to store your commonly used frozen foods, such as ice cream, for easy access, organization, and storage. Plus, it comes with 2-humidity-controlled crispers and 6-door bins to accommodate all your groceries.

This fridge also features an automatic ice maker that stores up to 5.5 pounds of ice to ensure that you have ice on hand at all times. The EZ-Open Handle™ and a Door Alarm helps maximize food preservation and allow for easy opening and closing of a fully loaded freezer.

Wi-Fi connectivity in this fridge allows you to control the temperature and monitor the refrigerator remotely. You’ll get an alert on your phone if the door is left open so you can respond right away.

Samsung Stainless Steel Smart Electric Range

The Stainless Steel design of this Samsung range elegantly wraps around the cooktop sides and up through the slim control panel, elevating the look of any kitchen.

Image of Samsung range for Military Makeover

This large 6.3 cu. ft. oven can fit multiple dishes at one time and can easily accommodate big casserole dishes and large roasting pans.

Keep the oven spotless with Self and Steam Clean. Self Clean deep cleans by heating to a high temperature to burn off grease and food residue. For easier cleanup in 20 minutes, use Steam Clean.

Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to take advantage of these smart features:

  • Search recipes, plan meals, and add any missing ingredients to your grocery cart for at-home delivery with SmartThings Cooking. This feature is available on Android or IOS devices. A Wi-Fi connection and a Samsung account are required to use SmartThings Cooking.
  • SmartThings Cooking also lets you monitor and manage your range’s power usage. Get energy saving tips and alerts to help lower your energy bills. You’ll need a Samsung account to use the SmartThings App on your phone or tablet.
  • Conveniently use voice to control your oven whether it’s Alexa, Google or Bixby. Bixby is Samsung’s brand of artificial intelligence (AI)/Internet of Things (IOT) voice assistant. All voice commands are available on Android and IOS.

Samsung Stainless Steel Dishwasher

This Samsung built-in dishwasher offers the flexibility of a third rack to easily access and clean more utensils and culinary tools. A height-adjustable upper rack easily accommodates dishes of various shapes and sizes, making after-dinner cleanup more convenient.

The dishwasher is designed with digital touch controls, a recessed handle and a stainless steel door interior for durable, hygienic and easy operation.

The wash system provides superior cleaning with 4 wash cycles and 5 options to let you adjust the pressure and temperature. The sanitation cycle helps keep the family safe from harmful bacteria and viruses.

The Auto Cycle feature ensures that dishes are cleaned efficiently. It detects how dirty they are and then automatically selects the optimal cleaning cycle.

Samsung Smart Over-The-Range Microwave

This beautifully designed Samsung Smart SLIM Microwave frees up space above the cooktop. The combination microwave with ventilation hood fits into the same space as an under-the-cabinet hood, but despite its slim size, it has a 1.1 cu. ft. capacity.

Image of Samsung microhood for Military Makeover

This innovative Samsung microwave packs in the powerful performance you need with all the technology that you love in a slim, space efficient size. Even in its slim size, this hood has a powerful 400 CFM ventilation system that quickly removes steam and odors that result from cooking.

Paired with the Samsung smart range, Wi-Fi connectivity with this Samsung microwave will make cooking easier and more organized. You can search, plan, purchase and prep weekly meals via the SmartThings App on your smartphone.

SmartThings Cooking recommends personalized recipes based on preferences, shows what’s on hand and tracks recipe search history so you can plan meals for your family more efficiently. Download the SmartThings App to create shopping lists and add missing ingredients directly to your grocery cart for at-home delivery. The SmartThings App is available on Android and iOS devices. You’ll need a Samsung account to use the SmartThings App.

You Can Get These Appliances for Your Home Too

Help support Sears as we support our military veterans.

The Colón-Ruiz family chose these Samsung appliances to upgrade their kitchen for their Military Makeover. You can get the same set of appliances through our Sears.com Upgrade page.

The Upgrade page consolidates all help, instant discounts, financing offers and savings into one location for your convenience. No hassles and no waiting. Get your new home appliances today.

Efficient and durable appliances help make a house a home for military veterans and all Americans as well. No matter what you need, Sears has all the products and resources to make your life easier.

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