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St. Patrick’s Day benefit to be held for wounded vet

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KELLIE ROBINSON
The Ellis County Press
The family and friends of a soldier seriously wounded in Iraq will be holding a benefit next weekend in his honor to raise money for him, his wife and their four children.

Army Spec. Jason McCully, longtime Waxahachie resident, was seriously injured twice while serving an 11-month tour in Iraq.

Following his second injury McCully was flown back to the states for surgery.

Since his injury, McCully has suffered numerous seizures a day, forcing his wife of three years, Marirose, to stay home and care for him.

In the midst of all of this, the McCully's van was repossessed, leaving them with only a Mustang to transport their family of six.

The McCullys are currently living on Jason's military benefits, which equal out to less than $700 a month, leaving them well below the federal poverty guideline and making it impossible to purchase a suitable vehicle.

One bright spot in this ordeal is Marirose McCully was recently offered a job doing background checks for a company in Lancaster.

This job will allow her to work from home, and although it will not completely eradicate their financial problems, it was considered a step in the right direction.

Thanks to the McCulley's friends and family they will soon receive some much needed help.

On Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, a benefit will be held for Jason and his family at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 850 S. I-45 in Ennis.

McCully will be escorted to the event on his drive from Waxahachie to Ennis by the Patriot Riders and the Blue Knights.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner, followed by an auction and raffle to raise more money for the family.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and donations of all kinds are welcome.

Already lending a hand to help the family are the VFW, American Legion, Patriot Guard Riders and many other organizations and groups.

The benefit is being held off of donations only, and the organizers said they were still in need of monetary donations as well as things to raffle and auction off.

All money left over at the end of the benefit will go to the McCully family.

'We are also in need of food or money donations to help with the food to be served the night of the benefit,' Denise Motek, family friend and benefit organizer, said.

All businesses and organizations making donations will be recognized the night of the benefit, and donations will be accepted until the day of the benefit.

Those wanting to help in any way or to make a donation can call 214-287-2142.

A fund has also been set up for the family at Vintage Bank in Waxahachie under Marirose McCully.

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