AP: VFW Raising Money for Hawthorne Army Depot Victims
Hawthorne residents are raising money to benefit the families of the seven Marines who died in a training accident at the Army depot in their backyard.
The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars raised more than $800 in contributions for artificial budding poppies they distributed Tuesday night at a memorial service that attracted nearly 300 people to a city park across from the Hawthorne Army Depot.
They plan another fundraiser Wednesday night at 5pm with a spaghetti feed at the Refinery Restaurant. Donations will go to John Franklin Shain VFW Post #2313 of Hawthorne and then given to families.
John Stroud, the national junior vice commander in chief for the VWF, says there's not much local residents can do while the military investigates the cause of the tragic accident other than help provide comfort and care to the victims' families.
The United States Marine Corps reported Wednesday morning that another injured Marine has been reported bringing the total injured to eight. Renown Regional Medical Center says six of the patients it received are still hospitalized; three are in serious condition and three are in fair condition.
A general family assistance center phone line, 775-982-6060, has been activated.
(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)