Disabled Veterans National Foundation Issues Remarks on Deaths of 11 Service Members in Helicopter Crash

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A Black Hawk helicopter carrying 7 Marines and 4 soldiers crashed on March 10th during a training exercise near Eglin Air Force Base.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Our deepest condolences go out to the families of these service members,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “This tragedy should remind all of us that military service can be dangerous even without being in a combat zone."

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (http://www.dvnf.org), a nonprofit veterans service organization that provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom, is expressing its condolences over the deaths of 11 service members in a March 10th helicopter crash.

The accident occurred Tuesday, March 10th when a Black Hawk helicopter carrying 7 Marines and 4 U.S. Army soldiers went down near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The crew was on a training exercise that evening in foggy conditions, when the aircraft went down.

The Marines were based out of Camp LeJeune, NC, and the soldiers were part of a Louisiana National Guard unit, based out of Hammond.

DVNF emphasized that this tragedy is a reminder of why all service members and veterans should have the gratitude and respect of all citizens, as duty in the military is not always strictly confined to direct combat.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the families of these service members,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “This tragedy should remind all of us that military service can be dangerous even without being in a combat zone. Make no mistake, these individuals are heroes, and should be honored as such for their bravery and eternal readiness to defend our nation.”

It is not yet known what caused the helicopter to go down, though it is believed to be weather related.

About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  •     Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  •     Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  •     Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  •     Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

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