HonorAir is announcing a fundraising appeal for Andrew Tahmooressi, a Marine sergeant being held in a Mexican prison for accidentally violating Mexican gun laws after taking a wrong turn at the border.
The 26-year-old Tahmooressi, a veteran of Afghanistan who earned a battlefield promotion and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, has been held for more than four months while his case works its way through the Mexican judicial system.
If convicted, Tahmooressi, a Florida native, could face up to 21 years in Mexican prison.
Due to the costs of defending himself in the Mexican court system, Tahmooressi’s savings from his military service have been depleted. When he is released, he will have no funds to live on. And expenses incurred by his family – including his mother, Jill, in Florida, and a sister who lives in Western North Carolina – in supporting Tahmooressi are mounting rapidly.
Expenses could exceed $100,000.
To help defray costs for Tahmooressi and his family, HonorAir is launching a fundraising appeal. Go to www.HonorAir.com to donate through PayPal, or send checks to HonorAir, P.O. Box 331, Hendersonville, NC 28793. Any amount will be helpful and greatly appreciated.