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Woman Starts Nonprofit for Children to Honor Her Late Military Brother

05/21/2015 01:37 pm ET | Updated May 21, 2016

In just a few short days the country will be washing down their patio furniture and lighting up their grills for Memorial Day, the official start of the summer season! Memorial Day is also the perfect opportunity to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who have fought and given their lives for the sake of our freedoms.

Tara Baldwin, however, has taken this sentiment one step further. When her brother, Aaron Carson Vaughn, was shot down in 2011 during a mission in Afghanistan, sadly, his two children were left without their father. To honor the ultimate sacrifice of her niece and nephew and the thousands of children like them, she founded Operation 300, a nonprofit organization that provides children who have lost their fathers in military combat opportunities to camp, hike, play sports and do with supportive role models the other fun things that they would have done with their own dads. Nothing can replace what they lost, but love, family and fun are some of life's best remedies!