Durango prepares for military funeral for Capt. Jeff Kuss

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Durango prepares for military funeral for Capt. Jeff Kuss

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This May 19, 2016, photo shows Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a Blue Angels pilot, at an air show in Lynchburg, Va., on May 19. Kuss died June 2 when he crashed in his F/A-18 near Nashville, Tenn.

Durango prepares for military funeral for Capt. Jeff Kuss

This May 19, 2016, photo shows Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a Blue Angels pilot, at an air show in Lynchburg, Va., on May 19. Kuss died June 2 when he crashed in his F/A-18 near Nashville, Tenn.
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There are several ways to support the Kuss family as they bring Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss home this weekend. They would prefer the following options to flowers:
A GoFundMe site was set up to benefit the family of Kuss, a Durango native. The fundraiser was set up by Kuss’ sister-in-law, Nicole Perino. By Thursday evening, more than 3,700 donors had contributed more than $323,000 toward the goal of $500,000. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/jeffkuss.The International Council of Air Shows established a fund for the family, according to its website. The organization provides financial assistance to members of the air show community after a death or other catastrophe. Donors may contribute to the Capt. Jeff Kuss Foundation at www.icasfoundation.org.A separate fund was created to help defray expenses related to Kuss’ memorial service in Durango and the public reception Saturday afternoon. Donations to the Jeff Kuss Memorial Fund may be made at the Bank of the San Juans/Division of Glacier Bank, 144 E. Eighth St., Durango, CO 81301.The Jeff Kuss Memorial Scholarship was founded by the family through the Fort Lewis College Foundation to help veterans get a college degrees. Donations may be made at www.https://apps.fortlewis.edu/makeagift.The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation set up the Captain Jeff “Kooch” Kuss USMC Memorial Scholarship, and will accept donations to help the children of fallen Marine or Navy corpsmen pay for post-high school education. Donations may be made to the foundation’s Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program, which has committed up to $30,000 for Kuss’ children, Calvin and Sloane, when they reach college age.

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