Gain live performance for Afghanistan troops

The group is nonetheless mourning the deaths of 13 Marines killed by a suicide bomber

The group is nonetheless mourning the deaths of 13 Marines killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on Aug. 26, particularly Camp Lejeune’s have Sgt. Nicole L. Gee. Although some flags are even now down at 50 %-mast, one particular previous Marine needs to use his tunes to raise spirits.

James Weesner, 27, picked up his guitar whole-time following medically retiring from the Maritime Corps with a traumatic brain injuries in February this yr. It is not the place he envisioned his daily life heading following he joined the Maritime Corps in 2013.

“The Marine Corps was the only matter I was ever really hunting at,” James stated.

James followed in the bootsteps of his grandfather, who served on Okinawa during Earth War II, and his fantastic-uncle, one of the 1st Marines to land in Guadalcanal. James went on his initial deployment out of Camp Pendleton in 2015 and identified his way to Camp Lejeune in 2018.

He served with Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines until finally his retirement just about 8 years in. Leaving the fleet was a unhappy day for Weesner.

“I felt guilt for not heading with them,” James explained.

Echo Battery deployed to Afghanistan earlier this 12 months.

“I felt that guilt with him. As a spouse, you just variety of sit back and don’t really know what to say in no way getting to go by way of anything like that,” stated James’s new bride Mackenzie Weesner, 26. Mackenzie also served in the military services and divided from the Navy this earlier spring.

James has usually performed the guitar and spent far more time strumming with musician friends this yr. He found his musical abilities having an exciting convert when he realized he may be slice out for executing on sets. The pair received a little coaching from other musicians, and Mackenzie began performing as her husband’s manager to e-book gigs at bars and audio festivals. He has performed many gigs at unWINEd Wine Bar and Beer in Surf Town.