Uniformed officers came to our house last night to inform us that the search and rescue for our son Ruben Velasco has been called off and is now considered a recovery. Yesterday, our son was 1 of the 3 marines who were lost at sea in a military accident off the coast of Australia. While returning to to his ship, the Aircraft struck the stern of the ship and crashed into the sea. Out of 26 marines, only 23 were rescued. 3 Marines perished and Ruben was 1 of them. We are all in disbelief and cannot fathom the loss of our son. The grief my wife has to bare is immeasurable. Richard Velasco, Ruben's father, is equally devastated. My heart is broken for our family's loss. We celebrated his 19th Birthday only a few days ago which makes his passing even harder. Ruben is loved so very deeply and he will be missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.
Update - My name is Gemily Calzada and I am Ruben Velasco's mother. We are grateful to the Military for providing monitary entitlements to cover the entire cost of Ruben's Funeral and final ceremony. Unfortunately, the military has only provided funds to Rubens father, who is the primary beneficiary. What this means is my side of the family, has been excluded from any of the benefits provided by the military and we are left to pay for the extended costs outside the entitlement, which was solely provided only to his father. These costs will include travel expenses and accommodations for Rubens Aunts, Uncles and Cousins so they can attend his funeral, ceremony and reception when Ruben is finally returned home. Ruben's entire family, should have the ability to celebrate his life and attend his funeral. These funds will help to pay for them to be here.