Fundraiser for wife of soldier killed in Afghanistan tops $32K in first day

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Fundraiser For Wife Of Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Tops $32K In First Day

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

An online fundraiser for the pregnant wife of a soldier killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday has raised more than $32,000 in its first day, Army Times reported.

The money will go to support the wife of 25-year-old Spc. Christopher Michael Harris of Jackson Springs, North Carolina, according to the description of a GoFundMe account set up by a friend.

“Britt has recently discovered that she and Chris were expecting their first child,” wrote Jenny Ann Stone, who created the fundraising page. “During this time, money should be the absolute least important thing on her mind.”

The page has a goal of $50,000.

Funds pledged to the account will supplement survivor’s benefits paid out by the Defense Department — a tax-free $100,000 gratuity — and Servicemembers Group Life Insurance, which automatically enrolls all service members for a $400,000 death benefit, Army Times reported.

Harris was one of two soldiers killed during an attack in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province, Fox News reported. The other man who died was 23-year-old Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, of Columbus, Indiana. Both men died when an explosive device detonated near their convoy, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

Both soldiers were part of the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment.