Will Loss Of Marines Hurt Businesses?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

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.

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  • by Former Army on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    The economy will survive because there will be plenty of family members left in the Jacksonville area. Cactus, I know that you are of the mindset of "If the military wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one". This is not the Vietnam era. This is the new military and it is more family oriented now than ever before. The bottom line is that the Marines get back safely and that the families are taken care of here. From what I've seen over the past years, the families do one heck of a good job.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    Cactus, wrap yourself in the flag and relax.
  • by ben Location: havelock on Feb 19, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    To: Sam Location: Williamston... No, the base closed for good, Just like Cherry Point should. It was a waste of money. The employees would show up for big money and do very little work. Myrtle Beach was obsolete with the A-10 Wart Hog, as Cherry Point is with the AV-8 Harrier. You would not believe how much money it cost to keep one of these historic planes in the air.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 19, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    Sending 8000 marines into harms way and all some of you think of is $$$$$. To Anonymous, Feb. 19 12:30AM: sounds like you have been hanging out in too many strip clubs, poor man, try going home to your wife (if you are lucky enough to have one).
  • by Loretta~Marine Wife Location: Jacksonville on Feb 19, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Thank you VBush and Tim!
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Feb 19, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    First, Annoymous, that hurt! Looks like you ticked a couple of Marine wives off. On the other hand, there may be a silver lining. It sounds silly, but with as many Marines deployed, this may be a great time for possibly renovations of barracks and other facilities on the base. This will bring contractors and construction crews in from out of town, so that may help. Plus, when they return, a renovated barracks or orderly room looks pretty sweet.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    The Truth; We all know there are wives that engage in illicit activities. That is not the point of the article nor is it news. It was not meant as an opportunity for you to denigrate Marine wives in general. Your comment was simple minded and uncalled for in this article. If you don't have anything of value to contribute, just read...don't type.
  • by Marine Wife on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    Truth-If you had read my statement correctly it says "some wives may engage in such activities". I am not denying that there are wives that are not "Rachel Ray marine soccer moms" but I still take offense to the comment.
  • by The Truth on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:20 AM
    Marine Wife, the truth hurts though, doesn't it? I know that that there are plenty of Rachel Ray marine soccer moms out there. There are those who, in the words of Lou Reed, "...take a walk on the wild side", as well. Distasteful, but at least it's honest.
  • by Loretta~Marine Wife Location: jacksonville on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    to anonymous...semper fi to my marine! yes, there are some wives that are like that...but the vast majority of us are honest and loyal to our husbands. Your post aboslutely discusts me. As far as the article, this town will lose out on a lot of business. Marines make this town, and taking them away...places will lose alot of money. Just as ben said about the base in Mrytle Beach, if they were to close down Lejeune and the Air Station, Jacksonville would be a ghost town.
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