After almost three decades of service in the Air Force, Kerry Lehman became a businessman who had the opportunity to help someone else who had been in the service.
In 2016, Lehman retired and purchased Re-Bath of Wichita.
Re-Bath is a national franchise that often assists with something called “Military Makeover,” a Lifetime channel TV series that helps wounded veterans.
There was one episode shot in Overland Park earlier this year, but there was no Re-Bath nearby, so Lehman devoted some time and employees to help with a bathroom remodel as part of a whole-house renovation.
“We jumped on the bandwagon and said, ‘Yeah,’ ” he says. “It was interesting, to say the least.”
Since so many other rooms were under construction and there were people filming all the work, Lehman says, “It was a lot harder than normal just because of how much was going on.”
Not that he minded.
“It was a really neat family,” Lehman says. The wounded veteran “had a lot of things to deal with, obviously, with his injuries. … It felt really good to help someone out like that.”
He enjoyed some celebrity sightings, too.
R. Lee Ermey, an actor known for playing a sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket,” is the host of “Military Makeover.” Lehman says he also saw HGTV designer Jennifer Bertrand at the makeover.
“It was really fun.”
The makeover is airing in three parts. The first part aired on June 9 and will be replayed at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Then a new episode will air on June 23 and replay on June 30. The final episode in the story will air on July 7 and replay on July 14.
Lehman says some of his employees are veterans, too, and that “they really enjoyed helping out.”
“It was really, really great,” Lehman says. “It was just crazy hectic, but it was interesting.”