Five local military families DFW bound for Snowball Express - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/09

Five local military families DFW bound for Snowball Express

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Five Lubbock families who have lost spouses or parents in the War on Terror since 9/11 have been given an all-expense paid trip to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to gather with other families who have lost family in the war.

It is all part of the Fourth Annual Snowball Express program to bring military families together. "The only requirement is to lose a soldier in combat and we did five years ago. This is our third year participating in the event," said Sonya Galvan, the wife of a fallen soldier.

That soldier, Sergeant Daniel L. Galvan, died in a helicopter crash near Afghanistan back in 2004. Now, Sonya and her son Joey can put aside their grieving to celebrate with others who have also lost loved ones in the war. "It's amazing, they do everything. I mean it's just like a fairytale for a couple of days," said Sonya.

The Snowball Express program has daily events lined up for the 1,300 children and family members participating in the program, a way to remind children it's ok to still have fun. "Dallas cowboys, I get to race the running backs there so I'm kind of excited for that," said 17-year-old Joey Robbins.

For Sonya, it helps her cope with the loss of her husband. "It's more about not grieving anymore, but celebrating and it's just a lot of fun," said Sonya.

American Airlines provided the free airfare which they say is their way of giving back to those men and women who lost their lives protecting our country. "It's just an important opportunity for us to give something back to the people who give so much and who have sacrificed and lost so much," said local Snowball Express Coordinator Charles Peach.

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