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Tunnel To Towers Foundation launches housing initiative for Gold Star families

September 27, 2018 - 3:34 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gold Star families are getting some help.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has announced the Gold Star Family Home Program; a housing initiative for families of military personnel killed in the line of duty. The program will address their permanent housing needs.

The announcement was made Thursday, at One World Trade Center with 16 Gold Star widows and their children on hand.

Among those Gold Star widows was Juah Kelly. Kelly's Liberian-born husband fled his war-torn country as a child, and grew up in Newark. He was killed in Afghanistan, and his body was returned to his native Liberia by a Marine Corps honor guard. Shelby Lubelt was present as well. Her husband PFC Tyler Ray Lubelt was 20-years-old when he was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

When a servicemember is killed in action, family members are given a year to remain in on base housing, or offered a sum of money to cover housing needs for a finite amount of time.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is focusing on permanent housing for those families so they can put down permanent roots, pursue an education, and build a career.

The foundation is named for FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller who was killed on 9/11.