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Event helps military families work through grief

J.J. McCracken, 6, prepares to release balloons tied to a letter to his late father, Sgt. Matt Simmons, while being held by volunteer Sgt. John Hopkins Saturday afternoon at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors' regional grief summit at Fort Carson. More than 200 family members and friends of troops who died while on active duty attended the annual summit. Photo by Erin Prater / The Gazette