While the U.S. Navy does cover some costs associated with the funeral and burial services, it does not cover the travel expenses for Gary's only sibling (who lives in Texas) to attend his services in Virginia, or any future memorial services planned to honor Gary's life and the sacrifice he made for his country and shipmates. It remains unclear whether his parents' travel for these events will be funded by the U.S. Navy and so the fund is set up for their benefit as well.
Aside from travel and incidental costs, the fund is also set up to give the family some peace of mind, and ease the financial stress they are facing from taking time away from work, so that they can grieve and support each other through this difficult time.
As a close friend of Gary's sister, Jessica, and the wife of a Sailor who served beside Gary, I was heartbroken by the news of Gary's tragic passing and set this account up to ensure that those seeking to support Gary's closest loved ones had a safe place to donate funds. Please be wary of fake donation pages. This account was set up with the permission of Jessica and Erin and will be designated as a beneficiary account for their benefit (granting them sole permission to withdraw funds).