A Fallen Airman's Family Fund
Pete’s Family- his lovely wife, Christina, and his beautiful daughter, and my goddaughter, Penelope are going to need our help. His family is strong, and I know they will pull through, but far past the immediate shock and sadness of losing Pete, his family will have to move on without their daddy and husband. The emotional toll alone is hard to bear, but the financial obligations will make this challenge that much harder.
I am pleading with you all to send anything you can for this family. We all understand that money will not bring back Pete, but we have an opportunity to change the course of how this story plays out for this family. Military families across the country do not have it easy. They're underpaid, they're overworked, and their families are left too vulnerable to the challenges that life brings.
Whether it be $1.00 or $1,000.00 we are so thankful that you have found it in your heart to help a family in need this holiday season.
If you cannot give any money, we understand but we ask you, at the very least, to share this GoFundMe Campaign with your friends and family…..It will not cost you anything to get the word out.
We can’t thank you enough for your support and will keep you posted on our progress.
God bless America and our armed forces.
With the help of the Red Cross, There will be a memorial service for Pete on Sunday, January 17th 2016 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at the:
Towamencin Fire Department Hall
1590 Bustard Road, Kulpsville, PA
There will be catered food and a short service at 12:30pm. We hope to see you and show our support for Pete's Family and Friends.
A few donors have pointed out to me that Pete was in fact an Airman, and not a Soldier.
I have changed the funds name to correct his position.
I hope I did not offend anyone, that was not my intention. Knowing Pete, he would have never let me hear the end of this mess up.
As always, thank you so much for your support. Let's keep it up!
Shocked that someone would write how much money they THINK the family will get off the bat. Active duty doesn't mean he chose a $400,000 life insurance (although I agree, most do.) I think the point of a "go fund me" account a lot of the time is not just for the money, but so the grieving family feels that people are there, they feel their grief, and since a lot of us do not know this particular family or FAMILIES that were affected, this is absolutely a great idea to just say "thank you for your service, for giving your life to keep my kids, family and country safe, and no amount of money could ever repay the sacrifice you made. But we are here for your family and little girl." Nobody knows this families financial situation, no matter how basic the finances are in the military. Focus on what this account represents and why it was created in the first place. So so sorry for all these families affected, and affected everyday. God bless.
Peter Taub , was my nephew and I am appalled by all this talk about insurance and everything else being talked about in these messages . It needs to stop ! Penelope's Godfather created this out of the goodness of his heart so that he could help Pete's family out in their time of need ! This is not a get rich quick scam . Peter is no longer with us ,say a prayer for him and his family . Please this is for your kind wishes and thoughts of sympathy . If you don't want to help out , thats fine but keep this BULLSHIT on your own time line and live in the real world . We have lost a member of our family , Please I kindly ask that you respect that . No more post on this issue , Thank you .
To the folks who can't do math and think FGLI benefits ($400,000) will cover everything and think this gofundme is not worth their time: Widowed spouse has a 3 year old girl with another on the way to be born in the summer of 2016. Widowed spouse will eventually need to find a job or remarry in order to provide for herself and young children. Let's do some math here and see how long the FGLI benefits will last: Our hero was taking home roughly $36,000 per year before taxes not including other housing or substance benefits. It would take a little over 11 years to reach $400,000. Maybe sooner if you include the benefits, promotions, bonuses, etc. But now, widowed spouse initially gets a partial lump sum of benefits right away, and the remainder if the paper work was done correctly. The initial lump sum may only last 3-4 years while trying to raise children and get them to grade school. I'm sure if you have kids, you can relate to some of that struggle. That $400,000 may only last 12-15 years on a really tight budget, let alone pay for college for the two children. So, widowed spouse loses a lot of benefits from a husband who could've made more money and even received a retirement check for the rest of their lives for serving his country. That $400,000 plus whatever money they're able to raise from this gofundme campaign isn't going to carry them as far as you think. You could've just simply ignored the post if you thought the family was receiving enough from FGLI or you could've done your own math before posing such an insensitive comments. But I hope I was able to give you some insight and put it into some perspective that, yes, they are receiving some insurance money, but that insurance money isn't going to be enough and a lot of people who care realize that and are offering what little assistance they can to this family during their tragic loss and especially right before Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope yours is at least a joyful one.
Shame on you Vanessa for bringing up what money they may or may not get from the military! An airman just lost his life serving the country that allows us to be safe and say what you did. Although it is true that there is the life instance policy not all pay the extra amount for it and regardless to lose your husband and father would be more of a significant hardship. They will have to go without him and his income they would have had if he was still present. My heart and prayers are with your family, and thank you sir, and his family for your sacrifices for all of us! May he rest in peace in Gods hands now. I am prior military (was stationed at Ellsworth) and my husband has deployed 4 times now. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Please reach out if you or your family need anything at all.
Vanessa Mori Fry ----- NO AMOUNT OF MONEY WILL GIVE US BACK WHAT WE WOULD PREFER TO HAVE WHICH IS STAFF SGT. PETER W. TAUB TO COME HOME. I was beyond mad when I read your post. My family to my knowledge has served to keep US free since World War II. I like my cousin Rhonda Manley was taught if you can't say something nice then don't say anything. I looked at your Facebook page only because I wanted to see who could be this cold during someones time of loss. I was very sadden by you statement, being that you are suppose to be a FELLOW service person. Have a nice life may you be treated in kind in your time of need soldier. Hooah!!!!!!!
I am sorry for your loss. Since he was an active duty soldier, he has a $400,000 life insurance policy. The Military will cover funeral costs and the family gets $100,000 right away. Make sure people are aware of all the money they will be receiving before asking for more money on top of $400,000
Vanessa, I agree the soldier that sacrifices his life to protect your disrespectful self will receive life insurance, however these funds will cover the current expenses not their future . How do you put a price on someone's life that Sacrificed their life to protect us (Americans).please for one second put your self in that situation and feel their pain not look at the donations aspect of it. Also, it's shameful to put a price tag on someone's life , this fund are not set aside to make them rich but help temporarily support them. Don't assume this soldier has a 400k life insurance policy . Again, until you have lived the military life you have no experience with the struggle and if you have loved ones and still feel this way, pleas move out of America because obviously you do not support your country or those that defend it.
We went to the same high school. We ran in some of the same circles. I found this poem/quote on a page for fallen marines. I served in the marine reserves and I think this applies to all our fallen comrades........ I heard of you today, not in a usual way, I heard of the courage you displayed today. Then I heard of your death that has come at such an early age, Leaving us to weep and be full of rage. You gave the highest gift that anyone can ever present, And with your gift we know why you were sent. For you were born for a more noble purpose than most of us could ever bear, And, if life were fair... You would still be with us knowing of your valuable worth, To all of us here on earth. But in God's divine plan, you left us to be of service in his highest realm. You now are guarding his streets and taking your helm. To watch over and see that other's are safe, And brought home to their families, to be face to face. We are debt to you always for being so brave, You were put here at this time to show us how to save. A country that needed to be free, And now we have the need to see... You safe in God's arms, full of body and health, And acknowledging that one's worth is not of wealth. But in the life you have given for someone else. So rest for a while and gather yourself. For God's angels are always on duty, And you have achieved this rare and distinct beauty. We salute you with tears in our eyes, Because we now have to say goodbye. You are at home where you are meant to be, And yes, don't worry, we won't stop until all are free. Your life has shown us there is a higher price to be paid, For the land of the free and the home of the brave. Until we meet again, Semper Fidelis...
Although I feel sympathy for the family, they will be receiving $400,000 plus a death gratuity of $100,000 plus a lifetime monthly compensation of about $2000/month and extended healthcare and housing benefits too. I know the intentions are good but there are people in much more deserving and desperate situations than this family.
As the sister of a fallen soldier, there are so many expenses beyond just planning that funeral. What outsiders don't realize is the sheer weight of trying to coordinate getting all friends and family to the funeral services. For us, that was one of the most difficult challenges aside from the smothering weight of our grieve. Thank god we had several friends and family members pull together and help make sure that those spread across the country could attend. If you don't have anything positive or supportive to say to this family, please just go away. God bless you soldier, and thank you for your sacrifice.
I am absolutely shocked that someone could be so cold so close to the holidays and so close to my family loosing Pete. Yes money will not bring him home to us but it will help my future sister in law, neice, and unborn neice or nephew stay on their feet while figuring out new housing, moving back home and off base, and basic needs until they are able to return to some normalcy in their lives. Please remember that their lives are currently being torn apart. While everyone is celebrating the holidays we will be putting that on hold because we have to lay to rest a man who fought for your freedom and for our country. He gave selflessly what most couldnt. Before any of you comment negatively about money or why this page was set up please remember that every person who deploys sets up their life insurance policy differently. No one knows the specifics here except the immediate family who is involved, so please before opening your mouth and assuming, know that the money being raised here is to help a family in need because Pete made the ultimate sacrifice. We lost someone who was a great father, husband and friend. This page is for his growing family and it shouldn't be judged by small minded people who do not know the full story or the details of where money is going or isnt going or how much is being given. It's about the bigger picture here. It is about having a heart and thanking a service man who died innocently defending our country. He did something for us and our country, so please lets do something for him and his family. We cannot thank everyone enough for all the support, kind words and donations already made. If you cannot donate please just share this link, that is all we ask. We want this amazing man and his wonderful family's story out there. Just remember a three year old will never have her daddy home again, and a baby will never know his or her father. Lives are completely turned upside down.That should be the biggest reason a page like this is set up, not because how much money is being raised or given from a life insurance policy but how we can lessen the burden for them in their time of need. Thank you again and our family appreciates all of this more then you could possibly know.
Vanessa people have go fund me accounts so that they can get breast implants or a new car or some bullshit like that. YOU can choose whether or not to support/donate. Pete was one of MANY that are fighting for your right to make that choice. We appreciate your sympathy right before the holidays.. losing your soulmate a few days before Christmas is very difficult. Keep your money and donate to a cause you feel is more appropriate, but your comments aren't necessary... nor does this family (full of Soldiers past and present) appreciate your 2 cents, figuratively speaking of course.
Wow Vanessa, let's hope you never lose a loved one to war or terror. God bless SSgt Taub and his family. I don't care how much their insurance pays, it's not enough. The sacrifices that our soldiers, airmen, marines, and sailors make and that their families have to make when they go to war - you just can't put a price tag on it. I encourage everyone to consider how hard it's going to be for his wife and kid to live on $1,400 or $1,600 a month and how difficult this transition will be for the family, and that you give as your heart moves you.
Vanessa...no amount of money will bring this hero back to his family. I think the way to focused on the money is wrong. Unfortunatly in my situation I am unable to make a donation. However, I will always be thankful for the sacrifices this family made to keep my family say. May his memory be a blessing and may G-D watch over his beautiful family.
My sincerest condolences to the family. Although there is never a good time to lose a loved one, this time of year is particularly tough for a child to lose a parent. I am very sorry for your lose and would like to add that I am extremely grateful for Sgt. Taub's service to our country. Thank you for keeping us safe. WE genuinely appreciate your service ! May you rest in heaven's arm.