-Dan and his wife are on-again, off-again. His wife has been passed around more times than a doobie at a Grateful Dead concert.
-Dan's wife left him for an Army recruiter when he got his leg blown off. She could have at least kept it within the Marine Corp.-A year or so before E.M. approached, both Dan and wife came into large amount of money. Hers from Ford as severance, his from the military. The figures relayed to me were as little as $250K and as much as $400K.
-They pissed all the money on vacations, new cars, and crap they can't account for...including a "renewal of vows" in their backyard.
-The ex took the $5000 ring he bought her (with said money mentioned above), pawned it, and ran off with another guy.
-Dan knew about the E.M. house before his wife remarried. He waited to tell her two days after the wedding.
-Her anger was a sight to behold.
-She stalked the family.
-A restraining order had to be taken out against her until after the house was completed.
-All four kids do not live with Dan. Two live with him, two live with the mother...who lives close by. This is so Dan does not have to pay child support.
-Dan has a fifth child (in her early teens) that lives with her mother in North Carolina. Dan has not paid child support in years.
-This daughter did not get to go to Disney with the rest of the family.
-When asked about what type a house he wanted, Daniel said he wanted a two-story log cabin, with a finished basement. And separate living quarters for his Mom.
-When asked where they would like E.M. to send the family for the week vacation, Dan said Ireland.
-Dan didn't want new Ford vehicle. He wanted something different because he just purchased a brand new Ford truck. E.M. told him to just trade in the new vehicle and keep the cash.
-Dan's kids had/have an issue with lice...for at least a year.
-Dumbass mother's solution: "treated" the lice by pouring kerosene on their heads.
-The entire house now has an issue with lice. I hope Ty bought RID before going home.
-Dan's ex is still bitter about not being part of the E.M. experience. In a case of sour grapes, she continues to be a bitch, including dragging the kids into the fray.
-Dan got at least $10K in cash at the viewing party. Chances are fairly good he's not going to pay up on that child support he owes to the daugher he ignores in North Carolina.
-Dan will probably end up taking crazy ex back because he's the world's biggest jackass, and that's what he does.
Yeah, I know he lost a leg and touted as a war hero and blah, blah, blah. This whole situation just illustrates that even douchebags join the military and go to war. Just because you are injured in the line of duty, it doesn't mean it wipes clean your title of Deadbeat Dad. One could argue that karma is the reason he was injured, but that wouldn't explain a network building him a new house. Read the news and you can find 10 more deserving individuals out there.
You have to wonder just how well ABC researches these so-called "deserving" families they build the houses for. The whole situation is disgusting.
I'm never watching ABC again.
*as reported to me by sources close to the family
RDM posted a brilliant take on the Extreme Makeover, and his experience with the military. Check it out.