Organization Supports Coast Guard Members Displaced and Injured in North Carolina Housing Fire and Family of a Pilot Lost in Alabama Training Accident

Stonington, Conn. — The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced today it is responding to two tragedies effecting Coast Guard members and their families over the past several days. A Coast Guard Ensign died in a training accident in Alabama, and four families living in a housing complex in North Carolina saw their homes destroyed by a fire. A servicemember lost his wife and two daughters as a result of the blaze.

The Coast Guard has moved the families impacted by the fire to temporary housing, and The Foundation has rushed emergency support to them to provide supplies and necessary comfort items. Once the families have a chance to assess their property losses and determine additional needs, the organization will provide them support to help begin the long road to recovery.

“Our hearts are broken at these devastating losses and we are working hard to assist the families impacted, as well as those with whom they served,” said Susan Ludwig, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “Both of these incidents remind us that Coast Guard members take great risks when serving our Nation. Please keep these Coast Guard families, the entire Coast Guard community and those who were impacted by these tragedies, in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”

Impacted units include Coast Guard Sector North Carolina and Naval Training Air Wing Five, Training Squadron Two.

To support the Coast Guard Foundation’s emergency response and disaster relief work, please visit: www.coastguardfoundation.org/emergency.

To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation, or to help support its work, please visit www.coastguardfoundation.org or call (860) 535-0786.

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About The Coast Guard Foundation
The Coast Guard Foundation is committed to ensuring all Coast Guard members and families have the resources they need to build resilience throughout their lives. Founded in 1969, we’re a vital partner to the Coast Guard—tackling the toughest challenges confronting our heroes and strengthening the entire community. Coast Guard members sacrifice so much to protect our nation. We must stand together and show them our appreciation so they can remain always ready. Join us at CoastGuardFoundation.org.