SAN ANTONIO -

Christmas season is getting brighter for some of the sons and daughters of slain military heroes, thanks to American Airlines and the Snowball Express. 

For the eighth year, the organization is taking kids and parents to Dallas for a weekend of fun and friendship.

“I have a lot of fun," said Justin Rozier, whose father was killed in 2003.

“We got to do a lot of exciting stuff," said Iliana Loza, whose father was killed in 2009.

It is not only fun for the kids, but it can also be somewhat therapeutic.

“It is a huge blessing for her to meet the other kids who have also lost a parent," said Kristena Loza, Iliana’s mother.

Many of the kids have made the trip several times and wouldn’t miss it.

“It’s absolutely amazing. He gets to bond with other kids who have lost a parent in the wars also, so he looks forward to it every year," said Jessica Rozier.

Jessica also said it is good for her to spend time with other widows.

While Iliana’s mom has been in the past, she let grandma take the trip this year, and since she lost her son four years ago, she was really looking forward to the experience.

“I am thinking that once I go with this tour with her -- it’s going to help me get stronger," said Ameli Gonzales, Iliana’s grandmother.

They actually got the party started early: pictures with Santa and even a flash mob breaking out with singing and dancing set to Christmas music.

It was just the beginning of a weekend that includes a trip to the movies, entering on the red carpet, the zoo and the Texas Music Project.

“It’s complete and utter chaos, mayhem, kids everywhere -- everybody is having a good time. It’s great, " Kristena Loza said.

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