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Fundraiser for pregnant wife of soldier killed in Afghanistan nets $12,000 in four hours

An online fundraiser for one of two soldiers killed in a suicide attack on Wednesday while deployed to Afghanistan is rapidly gaining traction.

The money will go to support the wife of Spc. Chris Harris, according to the description of a GoFundMe account set up by a friend.

Spc. Christopher Harris (Army)
Spc. Christopher Harris (Army)

“Britt has recently discovered that she and Chris were expecting their first child,” wrote Jenny Ann Stone. “During this time, money should be the absolute least important thing on her mind.”

Since going live on Thursday morning, the fundraiser has collected more than $12,000 out of its $15,000.

Funds pledged to the account will supplement survivor’s benefits paid out by the Defense Department — a tax-free $100,000 gratuity — and Servicemembers Group Life Insurance, which automatically enrolls all service members for a $400,000 death benefit, unless they reduce or decline coverage.

An Afghan policeman stands guard near to the site of a suicide bomber struck at a NATO convoy in Kandahar southern of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. A suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, causing casualties, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo)
US: 4 wounded in Afghan attack that killed 2 US troops

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says that four American troops were wounded in the same suicide bombing near the city of Kandahar the previous day that killed two U.S. service members.

A DoD spokesman could not confirm the identities of the soldiers killed in the Wednesday attack. It is policy to withhold names until 24 hours after next of kin have been notified.

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