Martin C. Evans

View from Lejeune

In Deployments on December 3, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune will be among the first to be sent to Afghanistan as part of the president’s 30,000 troop surge.

A Centereach mother of a Lejeune grunt, Claudia Gervais, was visiting her son Matthew at the 40,000-troop Marine base in North Carolina Tuesday night when the word came down.

She says Matthew, 23, a Lance Corporal who graduated from Centereach High School,  is not stressing about the surge. He just got back from Afghanistan the day before the president’s announcement, and expects to have to go back after a few months.

But she is not happy.

“I’m still trying to figure out what we’re trying to accomplish there,” she said. “The number of casualties and deaths are outstanding to me, and I don’t know what we will accomplish by staying there.”


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