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Brownville Benefit Raises Money for Injured Military 

Catherine Pegram

A benefit supper in Brownville tomorrow night will honor a local veteran injured in the war in Iraq. Staff Sargeant D.J. Martin continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury, while supporting other military members wounded in combat, too.”I was running ammo back and forth to my Marines and I got hit with mortar.”The memories of war are never far for Martin, even though this memory isn’t what it use to be. Martin was hurt in 2003 – but the problems that came along with injury didn’t crop up until a couple of years later. “I have problems with cranial nerves damaged, so I have problems with my balance, right side weakness with my right hand and things like that.”A benefit at the Brownville Community Church Saturday night will recognize Martin and his sacrifice.It will also collect money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which offers financial assistance for any military member wounded in the current war, just as it did for Martin.”They buy wheelchairs, they adapt your home, they’re always asking what can we do for you. They’ll do anything.”Stacie Martin says helping her husband heal is a daily challenge, as it is for all families with brain injuries. She hopes Saturday’s fundraiser with make a difference for others, too.”We’re still probably years down the road from when we’ll ever see all of our military members come back from over there and if we can do anything to make their ease back into this community easier, it’s wonderful.”D.J. Martin retired from the Marines in May and knows his life will never be the same. But he also knows he has a new mission now. “I’m very lucky. A lot of people didn’t come home. I lost a lot of friends and a lot of people are worse off than I am. Now I have a chance to focusing on raising money for others and it’s a great foundation.”The supper starts at 5 o’clock at the Brownville Community Church. Music by the Vintage Country Jamboree gets going at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop in and make a donation.