Headed home from Afghanistan, hundreds of military members stranded in Raleigh

From staff reportsJanuary 29, 2014 

— Close to 400 military service members will be stuck in Raleigh on Wednesday night because of the weather, according to the United Service Organizations of N.C.

Most or all of the troops are U.S. Marines returning from a deployment in Afghanistan. The USO was scrambling on Wednesday evening to find accommodations for the troops.

First, the USO-NC had to put about 90 stranded Marines up in local hotels. Then the group found out that icy conditions had canceled bus transport that was supposed to take 275 more service members from their incoming 8 p.m. flight to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, near Camp Lejeune on North Carolina’s coast.

By 8 p.m. the USO-NC had found acommodations for all of the troops at a range of local hotels. A host of local businesses, including Sheetz, Jimmy Johns, Golden Corral, Kangaroo Express and New York Pizza partnered with USO-NC to feed the men and women.

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