Slain New River Marine's Kids Get Education Bonds

A Marine Corps aviator's children are getting an outpouring of help to ensure their future education after his death in Afghanistan.

The Jacksonville Daily News reports that the children of Staff Sgt. Thomas Dudley are scheduled to receive education bonds during a ceremony Monday at his home base, the New River Air Station.

The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation will present the $30,000 bonds to each of Dudley's three children.

The 29-year-old Marine from Tega Cay, S.C., died July 7. He was a MV-22B Osprey crew chief.

Dudley died near the end of a seven-month deployment before he could finalize the paperwork required to make him the legal father of his wife's 13-year-old daughter. The couple had two children together.


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  • by G"ville on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Maybe the people who are giving them the money aren't aware the spouse gets 400,000 in life insurance! And what about all the other children who lost their dads, where is their college money..
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      by ? on Nov 7, 2011 at 01:27 PM in reply to G"ville
      Don't forget Tricare for life for the wife, as long as she doesn't remarry!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    That is awesome! Now lets do it for every single Marine lost fighting for this great country! We can get that money by kicking out all illegals filling up our prisons and all mexicans that go to our hospitals having babies too. We should NOT be using our hard earned American dollars on Mexicans that don't pay their own way and break our laws.
  • by Just asking? Location: NC on Nov 7, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    Don't they get the G.I. Bill or something like that. It pays for any and all college for your kids or was that a cut back too?
  • by Anonymous Location: Swansboro on Nov 7, 2011 at 04:07 AM
    I hope their is a way to finish those papers .. If this is something the child really wanted , maybe she can request it to be done thru the courts.. Thank you to him for all he has done for our country , and god bless his family....
  • by Retired Enlisted Marine on Nov 7, 2011 at 03:37 AM
    Semper Fidelis SSgt Dudley. I'm glad his family is getting well deserved assistance.
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