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Crowd Fundraising for Family of Soldier Killed in Action

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The family of fallen soldier 24-year-old Sgt. Joseph Peters is supposed to immediately receive what's known as a death gratuity from the federal government, but because of the shutdown the Peters family will not be receiving that check right away.
It's a platform often used not just to raise money, but for people to voice their opinion by giving this money.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The family of fallen soldier 24-year-old Sergeant Joseph Peters is supposed to immediately receive what's known as a death gratuity from the federal government, but because of the shutdown, the Peters family will not be receiving that check right away.

One local businessman heard that news and decided to help.

Jason Graf owns crowd funding website CrowdIt based in Springfield.

He said the death of the local soldier hit close to home.

"We decided to create a project for him and his family," he said.

The online fundraising campaign is called Help Honor Our Fallen Heroes.

The goal is raising money for the Peters family and the families of three other soldiers also killed on Sunday.

"Any money raised will go to the families, there's no minimum, no maximum," Graf said.

Graf hopes that once people contribute on the CrowdIt website, they then share the campaign through social media.

"It's all about getting people to share it and getting the word out so that people know it's there and know that they can contribute and make a difference," he said.

Graf started the campaign Tuesday after he found out Peters' death gratuity of 100,000 dollars is being withheld because of the government shutdown.

He hopes people feel like they can join in the conversation about the issue, using crowd funding.

"It's a platform often used not just to raise money, but for people to voice their opinion by giving this money," he said.

Politics aside, Graf said he's just glad to have a chance to help.

"Anytime something like this happens, we have the ability to use it to make an impact and do something good for our community," he said.
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