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Gofundme Campaign Set Up for Lost Black Hawk Aviator

August 22, 2017, 8:32 AM HST
* Updated August 22, 8:33 AM
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Friends and family of one of the five Black Hawk crew members lost in a training accident in Hawai‘i on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017,

Brian Woeber’s wife, Lori, did not dream of becoming an army wife, said a family friend who helped create a gofundme campaign.

“She was comfortable and happy living in her community surrounded by her friends, family and church and I know that she did not want to leave that behind,” said one of the campaign organizers. “In spite of her misgivings, and because she loved Brian with all her heart and it because it was his dream to be an Army helicopter pilot and being the amazing, strong and faithful woman she is—she supported Brian and worked with him toward achieving his dreams.”

“Brian has been serving our country for many years and they were beginning to think about life after the Army,” the campaign reads.

Now, in the blink of an eye, Lori finds herself thousands of miles from her home and family, facing an uncertain future.

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“My dear friend, Lori, woke to every Army wife’s worst nightmare,” a family friend shared on the campaign site. “She woke up to the realization that her husband had not made it home and before she could make sense of that, she heard a knock on the door. She opened it to find two uniformed soldiers who were there to tell her that her husband’s helicopter had crashed into the ocean and they were unable to locate him or anyone else who had been on board. Today, after a week, the search for the crew has been suspended and the Woeber family is left without a husband and father.”

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Brian was many things to many people, the campaign says: a soldier, a patriot, a man of God, a husband, a father a brother, a son, a friend. Brian was also the sole breadwinner for his family.

“Lori and Brian have three amazing boys: Jacob, Nathan and Owen,” said one of the campaign organizers. “They are three of the funniest, sweetest, most gifted and loving boys I have ever known—two of whom are on the autism spectrum. The special needs of their boys makes it pretty much impossible for Lori to work outside the home because she is so desperately needed by her boys. Especially now.”

Any funds raised will be used toward family expenses.

At the time of this posting, $2,055 has been raised. The goal is $10,000.

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