Monday, August 29, 2011

9/11 Widows Join Nonprofit For Families Of Fallen Soldiers

Those who lost loved ones on 9/11 might know about the pain of loss more than anyone.  That's why it should be of no surprise that two of the board members of the newly created Massachusetts Military Heroes Funds are 9/11 widows.  The published a report on these two individuals, Christie Coombs and Cindy McGinty, and why they decided to join the organization, which is dedicated to providing support to families who have lost loved ones to war.  The group relies on private donations, and also receives a percentage of revenue from the sale of United We Stand licence plates.

In the story, Coombs said she felt it was natural for her and other 9/11 families to be involved in this project, when the office of the late Senator Ted Kennedy approached her and other families to create the organization in 2009.  Combs lost her husband Jeff, who was aboard the flight which crashed into the World Trade Center back on the fateful September day.  She said her experience dealing with loss motivated her to do something good for other families.  McGinty, the other 9/11 widow on the board, lost her husband Mike, who worked in the Twin Towers.

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, it's good to read stories like this. We would also like to remind you that the September 1st issue of The NonProfit Times will feature a Special Report on the anniversary, so keep an eye out on our site for that.  You can read the rest of the story on these two widows on

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