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Pat Rowe Kerr heads a program that helps families like hers with relatives in the National Guard.
"Because we all function on a budget," she explained, "and so, knowing that there are these additional resources to help us get through that, that would be great."
Kerr is eager to show pictures of her grandson, Abraham, who lives with her while Kerr's daughter serves abroad.
"My daughter is proud to serve her country," noted Kerr. "And my daughter is proud to make this a better world for her Abraham."
So, Kerr's doing all she can to help soldiers and veterans.
"If there was ever an easier, simpler way to come forward and say, 'I support the troops,' this is it," added Barry Bennett.
"And, we teach Abraham, 'Where is mommy?' And we teach him to say, 'Protecting,'" said Kerr. "And then we teach Abraham, 'What is she protecting?' And, we teach him it's the American flag."
About half the states, including Missouri, have such a program. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder worked closely with his counterpart in Illinois to draw up legislation, after Illinois became the first state to establish a similar fund.