Navy remains backbone after Va. Beach jet crash

Published April 8, 2012 4:18PM (EDT)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia's most populated city has long had a love affair with the military, and several people left homeless after a fighter jet leveled their apartments say the crash won't change that.

Marc Davis is a spokesman for the city of Virginia Beach. He says the Navy is a huge part of the community, with sailors and their families doing volunteer work and coaching Little League teams, for instance. And Naval Air Station Oceana and other bases employ thousands of people.

Some residents say they've known for some time that a crash like the one that happened Friday is possible. But people like Jeff Swoope say they aren't soured on the military. Swoope says people can choose to live elsewhere if they don't want to be so close to the jets.

By Salon Staff

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