Budweiser honors military family with full scholarships

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- For Ginger Gilbert Ravella, Tuesday is a day she's sure her husband would have enjoyed.

"It's hard cause you go back and relive each time you tell others, but there's healing in it," says scholarship recipient Ginger Gilbert Ravella.  "It's very important to me that everyone know who my late husband was."

He was Major Troy Gilbert, killed in combat in Iraq in 2006. He left behind five children.

But Tuesday, a $1.5 million scholarship means they're all going to get an education.

"For 150 years Anheuser Busch and its employees and family of wholesalers have been supporting military families whether through resources or fundraising for them," says Margarita Flores the VP of Community Affairs for AB.

Since 2011, AB has given more than $6.5 million to Folds of Honor.

"That is at the core of our mission at the Folds of Honor to come in and ensure that all of those kids are getting an education," says Dan Rooney the Founder of Folds of Honor Foundation.  "They're getting their tuition at a private school in San Antonio and we'll take them all the way through college."

That's a relief for this military mom and her children's future thanks to her husband's military past.
"It's not just the dollars but it's almost like the American people giving you a thank you note for the sacrifice your family has made, my husband has made," says Ravella.