Military Salute: Parris Island Young Marines

By Jaime Dailey - bio | email

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The Independence Fund and volunteers throughout the Beaufort community have been raising money to bring dozens of severely injured veterans to Beaufort in October for a free concert by Gary Sinise and a special ride, all in conjunction with the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

One group of teens are who are doing their part to help, earning them a WTOC Military Salute.

Members of the Parris Island Young Marines have been hard at work, assembling the first of about a dozen specialty cycles that will be given to wounded veterans during the Lt. Dan Weekend in Beaufort this October.

Ambucs chapters from all over the nation are sponsoring these cycles for the disabled veterans to help give them more independence. For many of these young marines like Renee Brittingham, its an honor to lend a hand.

"It feels good knowing we can help the veterans after they've put their lives on the line for us," said Brittingham.

Not only are these youngsters helping in this way, but they've also been raising money to help the Independence Fund bring the veterans to Beaufort for the special weekend.

"When they come here, they will pay no expenses, we're paying for everything from their hotel rooms to their food and entertainment," said Donnie Beer, Independence Fund volunteer.

They're doing their part one t-shirt and wristband at a time.

"We've gone to Walmart and sold wrist bands and t-shirts," said Brittingham. " We went down to Waterfestival, 4-th of July, we've gone to Pizza Inn and bussed tables."

While they're young, they understand the importance of what they're doing for our wounded veterans.

"So they can have a good time," said Dakso Marroquin.

"I thought that since they went to war and protected us, we can do the same thing for them," said Joshua Desmore.

"Beaufort has stepped forward and these kids have really been right in front of it to make this a successful event," said Beer.

For all of their hard work, we at WTOC give a military salute to all of the Young Marines and the many volunteers helping with this great cause.

The Independence Fund is still raising money to bring the veterans to Beaufort. For more information about the event and how you can help, log onto