Military personal from across the nation, including right here in the east, are heading to Haiti to help aide in the rescue and recovery efforts.
More than 2, 000 Marines and Sailors from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are heading to the disaster-ridden country in support of relief efforts for the earthquake victims.
The 22nd MEU left from the state port in Morehead City Friday afternoon on amphibious ships U.S.S. Bataan, Fort McHenry and Carter Hall. The unit recently returned from a 7-month deployment to U.S. European and central commands, and say they're ready to help the Haitians.
Camp Lejeune Marines are no stranger to Haiti. They provided humanitarian aid in 2008 after storms killed hundreds of people, and were there in 1991 and 2004 providing stability and support operations.