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  • Photo provided by Kali Zeigler
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  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Gator Bowl outing brought together 55 children and spouses of deceased military servicemen.

    The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation helped bring the families together for the game.  The organization based in Jacksonville Beach has a primary mission of assisting children get a college education when their mother or father was killed while on active duty.

    Jessica Blake along with her children Tommy and Lily made the trip from Omaha, Nebraska. The family once lived in Jacksonville until 2005.  That's when Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Blake was killed near NAS Jacksonville when his Navy jet crashed.

    "It meant a lot. We both went to Nebraska. We are big Husker fans...I enjoyed my time here in Jacksonville," said Blake when asked about the chance to see her team in bowl action.

    University of Georgia student Kali Zeigler, 19, got tickets to the game too. Her father, Staff Sergeant Kevin Zeigler, was killed seven years ago in Iraq.

    "I definitely feel blessed to be here. I get to experience something fun...I also know everyone else who is here with me has been through something tragic," said Zeigler.

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