HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Army National Guard said it is working out the legal details to set up a fund for the four soldiers killed in last week's helicopter crash.
Officials said they want to make sure the money raised goes straight to the victims' families. The details about how to donate to the fund will be passed on once they are released.
The guardsmen were identified as Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr, 37; Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother, 44; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26.
The four Hammond-based guardsmen, along with seven Marines based in North Carolina, were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Florida on March 10 during a nighttime training exercise.
Griffin, of Delhi, left behind a wife and four children. Strother, of Alexandria, is survived by his wife, son and step-daughter. Bergeron, of Thibodeaux, left behind his wife and two children. Florich, of Fairfax County, Virginia, is survived by his wife.
The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.