Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project gets underway
By IRENE NOLAN
sailors and their families will soon be visiting Hatteras Island as
part of the Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project.
The two Hatteras men who started the project are now involved in
raising funds and procuring donations of rental cottages, meals, gas,
fishing trips, and the like that will help the service families rest
and relax on the island.
They are working directly with the Military Order of the Purple Heart
at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and the Wounded Warriors-Battalion East, based
at Camp LeJeune, both of which cater to injured Marine and Navy
personnel throughout the country.
The founders of the project are Kevin McCabe of Buxton and John McGee
of Frisco, both sons of Marines.
McCabe, the son of the late Thomas John McCabe, is an avid surfer and
fisherman who surfed Onslow Beach near Camp LeJeune when he was growing
up in a U.S. Marine family.
McGee, who owns a landscape business, is the son of retired Marine Sgt.
Maj. Richard “Mac” McGee, a Purple Heart recipient who served three
tours of duty in Vietnam and was wounded twice.
“We are very proud and honored to help bring the Cape Hatteras
community together with our country’s wounded combat warriors,” the two
men wrote in a fundraising letter.
“Our mission is to provide combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients and
their families sincere hospitality and quality vacation time on
Hatteras Island. We will also offer a variety of recreational
activities if they choose.”
In interviews, both McCabe and McGee said they had been talking and
thinking about doing something for wounded combat veterans for some
McCabe remembers that he was in an island tackle shop when the subject
of wounded servicemen came up in conversation.
“I told them that if anyone comes and they want to go fishing, give me
a call,” McCabe says.
He adds that many people here do not realize that they are more than 12
military bases within 250 miles of Hatteras Island and that many people
on those bases don’t know what Hatteras has to offer.
“Hatteras Island has always supported our military,” they wrote in
their letter, “and it is our hope that this project will be a
reflection of our wonderful community and hopefully promote a bridge
between Hatteras Island and the neighboring bases.”
McGee notes that there is a lot going on in the Camp Lejeune area to
help wounded combat veterans and their families.
According to its website, the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment
provides and facilitates non-medical care to combat and non-combat
wounded, ill, and injured marines and sailors attached to or in direct
support of Marine units and their family members in order to assist
them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life. The WWR
assists active, reserve and veteran Marines.
The Regimental Headquarters is in Quantico, Va., and commands the
operations of two Wounded Warrior Battalions located at Camp Pendleton,
Calif., and Camp Lejeune, and multiple detachments in locations around
McGee notes that the Wounded Warrior program at Camp Lejeune has a new
barracks for combat veterans and a new facility, Fisher House, where
their families can stay while their loved ones are being treated.
The Cape Hatteras project, the two said, will work with the Order of
the Purple Heart chapter near Camp LeJeune on the financial aspects of
cash and in-kind donations.
They say that there are limited funds available for this project and
that donations will be needed and certainly appreciated. They need
cottage accommodations, gift certificates of any kind, recreational
services, volunteers, and monetary donations of any size. The donations
McGee adds that once the project gets a fund started, they hope to
complement “big ticket” items, such as a house rental or a charter boat
trip. On the boat trip, he says, the captain and mate may
time and the project could pay for fuel.
The two men say the project “will start out small but could grow very
quickly to become a great opportunity for all.”
Offers of donations, house rentals, and gift certificates are already
“A lot of people want to make the connection with servicemen,” McCabe
You can make donations by check or money order only to Military Order
of the Purple Heart. Please write on the memo line: for WW-Hatteras
Vacation Fund. Send checks to: WW-Hatteras, P.O. Box 431, Frisco, N.C.
27936. Make gift certificates to Purple Heart Recipient.
For more information, call John McGee at 252-995-2924 or Kevin McCabe
at 252-995-4788. You can also email them at [email protected]
Military Order of the Purple Heart:
Wounded Warriors Regiment—Battalion East: