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Homeless vet who starred in makeover video in rehab

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  • Wolf, whose makeover video has been viewed 15 million times online, was arrested Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 for causing a disturbance at a Burger King in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Courtesy: Robin Thomas
    

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A homeless veteran, whose makeover video went viral, is now in a rehabilitation program. 

Jim Wolf, 54, was arrested for trespassing earlier this week. His sister, Robin Thomas, says it was an opportunity to take action. She called an attorney who worked with a judge in Kent County to get Wolf released from jail and into rehab. A local facility was willing to donate its services and Wolf agreed to enter the program.

"This little stumble here, I think he finally realized that he let people down, that he was given all these great things and he now wants to proceed and show them they weren't wrong," said Thomas. 

Thomas says Wolf is also on a waiting list to get an apartment. "With this 90 day program, that will put him right in line with when his apartment is ready."

It's now up to Wolf to finish the program. The community is rallying behind him and Robin has faith that this is his time to heal. "We don't know why God wants things at a certain time, but with all these people willing to give these resources, I'm hopeful this is it."
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GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A homeless veteran whose makeover video has been viewed 15 million times online was arrested for causing a disturbance at a Burger King in Grand Rapids.

James Allen Wolf was arrested Sunday at the fast-food restaurant and pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of trespassing and creating a disturbance. A judge ordered Wolf to serve 10 days in jail on each charge.

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The time-lapse makeover video brought international attention to the 54-year-old veteran. Rob Bliss worked with Degage Ministries to bring about Wolf's physical transformation.

The video shows an unkempt Wolf transform into a sharp-dressed, neatly trimmed man.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1b9178k) Wolf began attending Alcoholics Anonymous and took steps toward finding his own place after taking part in the shoot earlier this year.

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