Marine Air Transport Association honors Wounded Warriors at reunion

MCATA reunion

Members of the Marine Corps Air Transport Association held a pig picking to which members of the Wounded Warriors Battalion East were invited last week at VFW Post 7315 in Havelock. Pictured from left are C.J. McQueen, Michael Nesmith, Ben Benjock and Scott Slusher. The association gave a $1,000 donation to the Wounded Warriors. The event was part of a reunion of the association held in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 23:14 PM.

When Michael Nesmith and Scott Slusher, from Wounded Warrior Battalion East, stepped up to the bar to get a drink at VFW Post 7315, 91-year-old veteran Ben Benjock offered to pay.

“I am tickled pink to see those young fellows here from Wounded Warriors,” Benjock said. “It really makes my heart feel good.”

Benjock was among the members of the Marine Corps Air Transport Association having a reunion in Havelock last week. They hosted a pig picking to raise money for the Wounded Warriors, five of whom from Camp Lejeune attended.

C.J. McQueen, an association member and reunion organizer, said a $1,000 check was donated to the Wounded Warriors at the event.

“They use that money to buy plane tickets and to get their people moved and to help them out in their recovery,” McQueen said. “All the Wounded Warriors that are here tonight are suffering from some form of combat-related wound, PTSD, and a multitude of other things.”

Nesmith is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s a great opportunity socializing with Marines from the past and a great opportunity getting up with them, swapping stories new and old,” he said. “I consider them my heroes and am thankful for them for my freedom just as much as they’re thankful for their freedom thanking me all the time.”



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