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SEAL widow is taking action to take care of families left behind

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Posted at 7:46 PM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-24 19:46:37-04

NewsChannel 3 is once again proud to be a part of the Tommy V Challenge.

A SEAL widow is taking action to take care of families left behind.

Every year with the Tommy V Challenge, she raises money that goes toward organizations and groups helping families who have lost their loved ones.

Now this is the third year WTKR has been a part of her amazing mission, and this year, the event remembers a hero lost ten years ago.

Christina and her husband Tommy Valentine made a promise to a friend, a Navy SEAL, when he left for war after 9-11.

Neil Roberts was the first SEAL killed in Afghanistan Operation Anaconda.  He left behind his wife Patty and his young son Nathan.

In 2008, Christina lost her husband, Neil's teammate, in a sky diving accident. A widow herself, she has continued to stand by Patty and others who have said final goodbyes to their warriors.

Every year, Christina honors her husband and helps her community with the Tommy V Challenge. A skeet and golf tournament raising money to support those left behind. This year,  the main focus is Patty Roberts because in 2002, things were very different.

Ten years later, it is a struggle to make ends meet. Christina hopes this year’s Tommy V Challenge can lighten the load. She is hoping to raise 60, 000 dollars and pay off the Roberts' home.

“Neil left and he died and he didn't come home that day, honor his sacrifice," says Christina.  

The Tommy V Challenge is this Friday at NAS Oceana and Aeropines Golf Course.

If you can't play, show your support and be a part of the party.

You can also make a donation online.