VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A foundation that provides financial assistance for the families of Navy SEALs is getting a boost from online donors following Osama bin Laden’s death.
The Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL Foundation says its weekly donations surged about 60 percent on Monday after news spread that bin Laden was killed by a SEAL team.
Foundation Director of Development David Guernsey said Tuesday the foundation received $6,000 in donations on Monday alone. He says there are some days during the summer the group receives no donations.
Guernsey says many of the online donations came with notes attached thanking the SEALs for their service. The donations came from around the country.
Among other things, the foundation provides funeral assistance, morale services and scholarships for the children of SEALs.