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Perdue urges support for military families

Posted December 14, 2009 3:18 p.m. EST
Updated December 14, 2009 6:18 p.m. EST

— Gov. Bev Perdue visited Camp Lejeune on Monday to offer support for the 8,000 Marines and sailors from the base who will deploy to Afghanistan over the next six months.

“When you say your prayers be thankful for the men and women on this base and across the state and country who are willing to suck it up and leave anytime they're called on to protect America,” Perdue said.

Base commanders briefed Perdue about training, deployments and family support.

Perdue used her visit to urge people to help military families across the state.

“The people of North Carolina, all over the state, step up and do more for the families of these young Marines and airmen and soldiers who are departed,” Perdue said.

Last week, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with hundreds of Marines about the upcoming deployments.

Perdue spent part of Friday morning with airmen at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.