Jacksonville USO is ready to help the Marine families in need

POSTED: 7:03 PM Mar 20 2013   UPDATED: 11:28 PM Mar 20 2013
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

When USO of Jacksonville members heard the news of the Nevada training accident, they immediately reached out to Camp Lejeune and made a plan of action to help the families of those Marines.

News Channel 12 talked with the USO's director, who said many people are calling the organization, wanting to help in any way they can.

Deborah Fisher, the director of the USO in Jacksonville, reacted the same as many people.

"I'm still reeling from it. It's unbelievable, such a large loss of life," said Fisher.

She told Camp Lejeune officials the USO members will do whatever they can to help - from transportation for the families to watching their children.

Fisher said starting Tuesday, the day the accident was reported, the phones have been ringing off the hook.

"We’ve gotten a lot of calls from people who want to help, over and above our volunteers," said Fisher.

Fisher said the USO teaches families how to prepare when the Marines go overseas, but they don’t think to prepare when the Marines go off to training.

"Just a shoulder to cry on, vent, whatever it is they need - we'll be here for them," said Fisher.

Annie Chivers has volunteered at USO for more than 20 years. She served in the military for two decades and said she knows exactly what the families are going through from experience.

"I’m a retired Marine myself so I’ve been in the position they've been in with training accidents," said Chivers.

She said from visiting family members to bringing them food, she plans to do all she can to help them cope.

"Remember in your hearts that there is always someone to support them and that they never have to feel alone," said Chivers.