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Marine Group Giving Scholarships to Pentagon Crash Victims' Kids

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2001 – Every child who lost a parent in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11 will receive a $10,000 college scholarship bond from the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation Inc., Corps Commandant Gen. James L. Jones said Sept. 19.

While no one knows yet how many children lost parents in the Pentagon attack, "no child will be left behind," Jones emphasized.

The foundation is reaching out to the larger community, he said. "They're going to take care of the sons and daughters of anyone who lost their lives in the attack on the Pentagon, and that includes the passengers on the airliner," he noted.

Former Marines and members of federal law enforcement agencies formed the foundation on Jan. 2, 1995. Through donations and a variety of fund-raising activities, the group has since distributed more than $3 million in assistance to the children of active duty Marines or of federal law enforcement personnel "who lost their lives on active duty or died under extraordinary circumstances," Jones said.

"The Marine Corps is coordinating with the other services to ensure that all the families are contacted," the commandant said. He noted that no bureaucratic paperwork is involved. Recipients have only to fill out a simple form and present it to the foundation.

Jones emphasized that the foundation is a charitable organization and no government money is being used. For more information, visit the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation Web site at www.mc-lef.org.

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