At Universal Studios Hollywood

Michelle Obama, Mario Lopez and Others Give One Veteran the Ultimate Thanksgiving Reward!

It’s an "Extra" Pranksgiving! This Thanksgiving, “Extra” teamed up with Prank It FWD to give one deserving veteran a life-changing surprise that he will never forget!

Jonathan Arneson is a 24-year-old veteran from Torrance, California, who came home from his tour of duty in Iraq financially strapped and unable to find a stable job.

Arneson was dealt a second cruel blow when he lost the man who raised him to cancer, his Vietnam veteran grandfather, Gary. Just when Jonathan thought his world was collapsing, “Extra” stepped in to turn things around.

With the help of his girlfriend, Gabrielle, the show lured Jonathan to Universal Studios Hollywood, the home of “Extra,” thinking he was there for a job interview. That’s where Jonathan got the shock of his life! 

First Lady Michelle Obama, “Extra’s” Mario Lopez and “NCIS” actor Michael Weatherly delivered one surprise after another to help get Arneson’s life back on track. It left the brave veteran speechless and in tears.