FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A local elementary school wanted to give back to veterans by giving them makeovers.
Students and staff invited veterans in their family to the school for makeovers, breakfast, and a ceremony to celebrate Veteran's Day.
A shave, head of curls, or a facial was enough to put a smile on all their faces.
"I'm thankful. I'm grateful," said Ric Sprinkle.
Sprinkle said it's been about 30 years since he's had a good haircut.
"As I got older, the hair wouldn't stay the same length around the ears, so I wanted to get it cleaned up a little bit," he said.
Lauren Dettmer has a son at Irwin Elementary. She was in the United States Army for three years. She said she's used to pulling her hair in a bun before work.
"It's nice to get recognition for something, even if I don't feel like I'm the most deserving. But it's nice to have a day that's just kind of for all the people that I served with. I look at it more for them than for myself," Dettmer said.
Kasey Carr, an administrative assistant at Irwin Elementary, is the woman behind the idea to give veterans makeovers. She's also a veteran herself.
"I know what I went through and I know what other veterans go through, and this is what they deserve. This is their day, and I'm just giving back," she said.
And for the artists who took the time, it was a small price to pay for those who put it all on the line.
"You don't know what someone has been through to be here, and it's just something that I've always loved to do, always to make people feel better," said Rachelle McBride with JCPenney.