Perdue visits Camp Lejeune for briefing

NC Governor Beverly Perdue (Steve Helber)

December 14, 2009 10:50:22 AM PST
Governor Beverly Perdue talked about her personal connection to Camp Lejeune -- where he father served -- and the needs of the men and women shipping out from the rapidly growing Marine community during her visit Monday.

She was at the base for a briefing on the upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

The Governor emerged from her morning briefing eager to talk about the Marines, especially those who spend more and more time deploying to danger zones while civilians sleep soundly.

"That's the tragedy, I think, of 21st century war that so many of us have no real skin in the game," Perdue said.

Perdue said with so many preparing to leave as part of the surge in Afghanistan, North Carolinians should embrace the Marine families left behind.

"Not just the Christmas box and the Christmas cookies once a year, but day in and day out," she said.

Governor Perdue also said the Jacksonville community needs some upgrades to accommodate 65,000 people -- many who are relocating right now as part of the Base Realignment Commission Program.

"They told me this morning we need 2,700 child care workers for the growth because of Camp Lejuene and New River," Perdue said. "Those numbers are much higher than what we had heard."

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