Missouri Group Raises $10,000 For Family Of Dead Marine
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The founder of a Columbia-based nonprofit says the group raised about $10,000 in an hour when it learned the government shutdown was affecting military death benefits for a Wisconsin soldier killed in Afghanistan.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that when the federal government is fully functioning, the family of a fallen soldier receives a $100,000 gratuity, payment of funeral expenses and transportation to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where bodies are returned. But because of the government shutdown those benefits weren't being provided.
The nonprofit, Marine Parents, says it raised $10,000 for the family of Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Collins Jr. after he died Saturday.
Tracy Della Vecchia, founder of Marine Parents, says the group will reach out to the families of fallen soldiers to see what help's needed.