Grateful Nation Comes Through For SEALS

Foundation donations increase in hours after OBL death

Tuesday, May 3, 2011  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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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 saw its weekly donations surge about 60 percent on Monday after news spread that bin Laden was killed by a SEAL team.

The foundation received $6,000 in donations on Monday alone, according to Foundation Director of Development David Guernsey. He said there are some days during the summer the group receives no donations.

Guernsey said 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.

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