Nightly News   |  February 10, 2012

Wounded Marine’s second-chance wedding

A community came together to help Josue and Debbie Barron have the wedding of their dreams. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> we are back and it's time for our friday night "making a difference" report. we try to focus as much attention as possible on our returning veterans. tonight we have a genuinely heart warming story about how a community pulled together with just about everybody pitching in here to help with something, a wounded hero and his bride, to help them have the wedding of their dreams. the story tonight from nbc's kristen dahlgren. tonight's "making a difference on the home front" report.

>> reporter: it was a dream wedding that took a nightmare to get here.

>> i knew what was at the end of the aisle. i knew it was my husband again and the person i married the first time.

>> reporter: that first wedding was quick, valentine's day 2010 , a small courthouse before the marine left for afghanistan.

>> he was the man of my dreams. that's for sure, but it definitely wasn't my dream wedding.

>> reporter: debbie and jose vowed to have that dream wedding some day. that other vow, in sickness and in health, would soon be tested. an ied exploded while jose was trying to rescue a fellow marine. debbie thought the worst.

>> he said sit down. my heart just broke.

>> reporter: he survived, but lost a leg and an eye.

>> she was my eyes and she was doing everything.

>> reporter: then their san diego community did something for them.

>> for us to give to the wounded warriors who give to our nation. that meant a lot for us to be able to do that.

>> reporter: retired marine pilot al ransom and his wife kathy donated the venue. others pitched in with hair and make-up, a deejay, a $50,000 wedding. with family friends and the other wounded warriors who have helped them through.

>> i was looking down the aisle waiting for her to come.

>> reporter: the groom who never thought he would be able to see.

>> she is so beautiful.

>> reporter: the bride who didn't know if her husband would stand.

>> to see him there made me realize that we're going to be okay.

>> reporter: with enough love for their nation and each other, they say they would do it all again. thanks to the love of their community, they did kristen dahlgren, nbc news, los angeles .