They were expecting dads, hopeful astronauts and former valedictorians.
The helicopter crash that killed 30 U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan on August 6 has left their families heartbroken and leaning on the tight-knit military community.
Of the fallen, 17 were Navy SEALS, five belonged to a Navy Special Warfare unit, five were from the army and three served in the Air Force, according to the Washington Post. All but two of the SEALs were from SEAL Team Six, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May. None of the servicemen killed took part in the mission, the Associated Press reported.
As loved ones grieve, the Navy SEAL Foundation offers up support by providing families with funding for memorial services, scholarships for children and spouses and assistance with other financial needs.
The organization is accepting donations through its website or via text message. Mobile phone users can text the word “SEAL” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the foundation.
The Air Force Aid Society provides help to families in emergency situations. The organization helps cover travel, vehicle, funeral, child care, moving and other expenses.
See the full list of service members killed in the crash at the Department of Defense website.
See the slideshow below of fallen Navy SEALs: