Before they came to the Snowball Express event last December, the teenage son of a fallen soldier had never talked with his mother about the death of his father eight months earlier. On the first night, after a full day of fun in Dallas, the mother found her son talking with another teenager, opening up for the first time about his father.
That was the breakthrough she had hoped for. When they returned home on one of the American Airlines charters, her son asked her to discuss his feelings of loss. “Without Snowball Express, that conversation may never have happened,” the mother said when she called to thank executive director Buck Kerns.
This month, thanks to the generosity of many Texans, Snowball Express will bring 700 families, almost 2,000 family members, of fallen soldiers to Dallas for the ninth annual event, designed to nurture family connections and encourage children and parents to talk about their loss.
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