Families of military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice got to spend last weekend at the Pro Bowl, thanks to an Alaska group.


The NFL invited Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, to be part of the Pro Bowl festivities. Alaskan Bonnie Carroll founded TAPS after her husband was killed in action.


The families got to be part of the parade down Main Street in Disney World, then hang out with Pro Bowl stars before the game.


Carroll says it was a chance for the families to make new memories.


“For some families, this was their first time coming to a TAPS event,” she said. “It may be hard to go to a grief group or get together with others, but when you combine it with an opportunity like this, it really brings folks together in a very unique way.”


Events like this are part of the NFL’s Salute to Service program.


TAPS does outreach with families who have lost service members around the country, including in Alaska.


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