Throw a nickel on the grass…
On the morning of September 28th, Warhawk Alum Ben “Chex” Meier was hit by a car while running at Edwards AFB, CA. He sustained massive head injuries and was unconscious from the time of the accident until he passed in the evening of Friday, October 2nd.
From Tom “Tweac” Hayes: “On Friday Chex made one final gesture of servitude, and used what life he had left in his body to save seven other Americans” (Chex was an organ donor). “He was surrounded by his family, and passed down a hallway lined with fighter pilots showing their respect and love for the man he was.”
Please keep Chex, his wife Becky, their children Logan and Gabe, and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral/memorial arrangement details are forthcoming.
But there is something you can do RIGHT NOW.
In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations may be made to 529 plans to benefit Logan and Gabriel Meier. In response to the tragic loss of Major Benjamin “Chex” Meier, the River Rats, in conjunction with the Air Warrior Courage Foundation (AWCF), have established a college savings 529 plan to accept tax deductible contributions for Logan and Gabriel’s college education. Anyone wanting to honor Chex, may contribute to funds providing 529 College Savings plans.
There are two ways to give:
1. Go to www.airwarriorcourage.org, on the right side click the DONATE button. It will take you to a page with a GIVE DIRECT button. Click it and fill in the blanks. In the COMMENTS block put in “In Memory of Maj Ben “Chex” Meier”.
Recommend using a Visa or MC with this option as there aren’t any fees using Visa or MC. An American Express Card will incur a small transaction fee using this option.
2. Or, mail a check to the AWCF, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, MD 20918. In a note or on the check say “In Memory of Maj Ben “Chex” Meier.”
*Your donation will be split evenly between Logan and Gabriel’s 529 accounts.
Also, a gofundme site has been set up to help Becky offset expenses. Tax deductible charitable donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/g75hve28.
Maj Christopher “Trench” White email@example.com is the focal point for family support and Capt Barry Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org has been assigned as the Family Assistance Representative for the family.
Representatives of two eras of Warhawk alumni (SEA and Marlin’s Wild Kingdom) have already thrown more than a few nickels in to support Becky and the boys. It’s your turn..
To get an idea of the kind of man Chex was, read this article.