Marine remains busy with Marine Corps League
Dwayne Alexander Vickers, 28, is one of those men who yearned to be a career Marine.
But his dream didn't come to pass. His career in the Marines was cut short because of an accident while on the job in the military.
"Vick" as he is known by his friends and family, joined the Marines in 2009 completed basic training with flying colors and was later deployed overseas.
Four months into his assignment, Vickers was injured on the job there and had to come back home.
The accident aggravated an already sensitive shoulder he injured in a martial arts class.
"I am on medical discharge," Vickers said from the Veterans Administration Office in Spindale where he volunteers with several projects. He received his discharged in August 2012.
"I always wanted to be in the Marines. That meant the world to me. I wanted to be a career soldier and I joined the best of the best," he said.
Today Vickers volunteers in just about every capacity possible as a member of the
Marine Corps League, Cpl. Chris S. Ebert Detachment 1221.
Last week he assisted other league members and Marines by putting up signs and delivering collection boxes around town for Toys for Tots.
He assisted at last week's hot dog lunch sponsored by the Marine Corps League to raise money for Rutherford County veterans.
When Vickers isn't volunteers in the Marine Corps League, he enjoys playing video games, works on cars and if possible, he plays sports.
Vickers has a passion for martial arts and is a second degree black belt.
Attired in his Marine dress blues, Vickers joined his follow veterans on the lawn of the Rutherford County Courthouse Saturday for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony.
In January he will begin classes at Western Carolina University where he will study criminal justice and psychology.
"Thank God for the GI Bill," Vickers said.
His mother, Judy Seagroves, lives in Spindale.