The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, responded to a critical need of support for two U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members who were severely injured while performing their volunteer duties. An Auxiliary pilot and aircrew member were involved in an aircraft mishap along the Hudson River when their aircraft engine failed. They located a field nearby; however, upon approach they discovered it was filled with youths playing soccer. They immediately shifted to another smaller field nearby making a hard landing ending up colliding with a row of trees. They were hailed as heroes for their actions to avoid field full of youth soccer players. The severity of their injuries resulted in an extreme hardship on their families since both were self-employed. The two aircraft members are still recovering from their severe injuries.
At the request of the Auxiliary’s National Commodore, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association developed and launched a program to help assist the injured Auxiliary members and their families. Although the program did not qualify as a tax deductible donation under IRS rules, the response for donations resulted in almost $9,000.00 which was distributed to the two members and their families.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association is a 501(c) (3) and is the only not-for-profit organization authorized by the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard to support the Auxiliary and manage their financial affairs. It seeks funding to meet the Auxiliary’s needs not funded by the U.S. Coast Guard.