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Updated: 1/01 7:41 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tommy Blake can't get enough Nebraska football.

"I just like it," he said.

His sister, Lily Blake, prefers the action on the sidelines.

"Seeing the cheerleaders," she said.

Their mom, Jessica Blake, just loves to see her kids smile.

She said, "it's "It's so nice to be back in Jacksonville."

It's been a while since the Blakes have been here. Tragedy struck the family back in 2005, when Jessica Blake's husband, Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Blake, was killed in a plane crash at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The family moved back to Nebraska and recently got a call from the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Eric Heineman, with Fallen Patriots, said, "What we do is make sure that any child that lost a parent while on active duty gets a free college education."

Heineman also hooked up a trip to the Gator Bowl, flying the family down to watch the Huskers beat the Bulldogs.

Heineman said, "You just go home and just have a great moment knowing that you've done something great for these families."

Jessica Blake said, "It seems too good to be true, but it's not. And as a mom, it's exciting to see smiles on their faces and having fun opportunities."

Children of Fallen Patriots is 11 years old. The foundation relocated to Jacksonville from Connecticut a year ago, calling it a military-friendly town.

It uses donations to help pay for its scholarships.

To learn how you can help, click here.


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