With 8 thousand Marines from Camp Lejeune headed overseas this spring many local businesses are a bit worried about what the loss may bring for them.
President Barack Obama approved a significant troop increase for Afghanistan Tuesday.
The new troop deployment of 17 thousand is expected to include 8 thousand Marines from Camp Lejeune.
It's part of President Obama's plan to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which he says has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it deserves.
Local Jacksonville businesses like car dealers and tattoo parlors say that their economy depends on Marines to survive.
38 thousand Marines are currently fighting in Afghanistan.