Jiennah McCollum, the pregnant widow of Rylee McCollum, a marine killed in the Kabul Airport attack is now receiving a mortgage-free home from the Tunnels to Towers foundation.
During a recent interview with Breitbart, CEO and Chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Frank Siller, stated, “We’re building mortgage-free homes for Gold Star Families, and that includes any of the 13 that left behind a young family. And we do know one of them. His wife is pregnant and will be giving birth shortly.”
Siller also said he and his crew will be building the marine’s widow a mortgage-free home and will be taking care of any Gold Star Family that fits the criteria. “I have a great relationship with so many [families of service members and first responders] and we cry together — and believe me, there’s been a lot of that going on.”
According to Siller, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is in honor of his brother, Stephen Siller, who was a firefighter in New York City. Stephen gave his life during the September 11th terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.
The Foundation’s Gold Star Family Home Program honors the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. The organization will provide a mortgage-free home to surviving spouses with young children.
The criteria for the program are: military service member killed action in a combat zone or killed during authorized training; service member is surviving by a young child or children; at least one of the surviving children is 16 years of age or younger; if the service member and surviving parent were married, they cannot be divorced or separated at the time of death; surviving parents of the service member’s child(ren) is not currently remarry, engage, or cohabitating; surviving family meets the program’s financial parameters.
Marine Rylee McCollum’s Child Education Fund Soars Past $650,000 Through GoFundMe Campaign
Meanwhile, the GoFundMe campaign for McCollum’s child has raised more than $650,000 from over 12,500 donors. The campaign’s funds are going towards the education and upbringing of the marine’s child, who will born later this month.
“His sacrifice at HKIA to protect the lives of those who cannot themselves will not be forgotten. Anything you can provide to aid them would be appreciated more than we can express. Bless,” the campaign reads.
The campaign’s organizers are notably in direct contact with the marine’s wife. Once the campaign is officially complete, withdrawals will go directly to an account chosen by her and her mother.
The Kabul airport attack killed 13 U.S. military personnel and more than 170 Afghan citizens. The marines were helping the U.S. military evacuate Americans and Afghans who had helped during the 20-year war. Into The Breach Supply Co. set up a GoFundMe campaign for each of the servicemen in the attack.