Teaming Up with Designing Spaces’® Military Makeover®

(Orange, Calif. December 14, 2015) – Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with over 1,000 territories, recently participated in Designing Spaces’ Military Makeover special that surprised an injured air force veteran, his wife and five young children with a newly renovated home better suited to the families ever-growing needs.

The show works hard to find deserving military veterans and families in need of home renovations in an effort to give back to those who have already given so much. They found one in Technical Sergeant Kevin Parke in Crestview, Florida. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, currently assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, entered the Air Force in 2003. He served two deployments in Afghanistan where he survived three separate IED detonations. Despite sustaining injuries, he stayed with his team each time. For this bravery and his accomplishments, he earned countless medals and awards, including receiving two Purple Hearts for his injuries.

The home’s completed renovations were unveiled to the Parke family in a private ceremony on October 29, 2015. To see the family’s reactions to receiving the dream home they truly deserve, watch the three-part series of Military Makeover on Thursdays, February 18, March 3, and March 17 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime® Television.

For the renovation, Military Makeover teamed up with several valuable partners including Budget Blinds, who along with their valued manufacturing partner, Custom Brands Group, provided energy-efficient, child-safe window coverings throughout the Parke’s home.

“We were thrilled to participate in Military Makeover on many levels,” said Tracy Christman, Vice President of Vendor Alliance at Budget Blinds, who also appears in an episode.  “Not only does Budget Blinds have a long-standing history and commitment for supporting our veterans, but because one of Budget Blinds’ goals is to help educate consumers on products, options, and features to keep homes with children safe, while still enjoying beautiful window coverings.”

Chief Executive Officer of Budget Blinds, Shirin Behzadi, also added, “At Budget Blinds, we share a strong commitment to supporting veterans who have served our country. Many of our founders have personal connections to the U.S. Armed Forces, as do a number of our franchisees across the country. We feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to these true American heroes when and where we can.”

Budget Blinds offers Veteran programs that heavily discount franchise fees and recently received the Best for Vets: Franchise 2016 ranking by the Military Times. They have also received accolades or recognition for their Veteran programs from Vet Fran and Franchise Business Review™, as well as other prestigious franchise networks including Entrepreneur®, Franchise 500™, Inc. 5000, Canadian Franchise Association® and Franchise Times®. To learn more about their Veteran business ownership opportunities, visit

Budget Blinds’ segment is scheduled to air in the second episode of the three-part series on Thursday, March 3, and is scheduled to re-air on March 10 at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime® Television. Check your local listings.

About Military Makeover®
From the producers of the award-winning home decorating and remodeling show, Designing Spaces® comes a very special mini-series dedicated to giving back to members of our Military and their loved ones. Enlisting the help of decorators, designers, landscapers and other home renovation experts, our host, retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant R. Lee Ermey “The Gunny” helps transform the homes – and the lives – of military families across the country. The series airs at 7:00 AM (ET/PT) on Lifetime®.

About Budget Blinds®

Budget Blinds was founded in 1992 and currently boasts over 1,000 franchise territories serving over 7,500 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company offers customers a full line of quality window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds, draperies and window film. It also provides free in-home consultations as well as complete measuring and installation services. Budget Blinds has been recognized as a leader in the franchise industry by organizations such as Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Inc. and Franchise Business Review. With a strong vendor alliance program and growing product portfolio, Budget Blinds is the clear franchising leader in the multi-billion dollar window coverings market. For more information on Budget Blinds, visit or connect with us on Facebook at For franchise opportunities, please visit

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