Military Dream Week: Surprising the family of a Navy SEAL who died

13News Now Ashley Smith surprises military wife Margie Grube with a special gift in honor of her husband.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- She is making the best of things after the worst moment of her life.

"December 28th shouldn't have happened, but here we are," said Margie Grube.

December 28, 2016 was the day that Grube lost her husband Devon, a Navy SEAL, after a kayaking accident near Cape Charles. 

She and their three children, Wyatt, Harper, and Hazel, have been trying to come to terms with the reality since then.

"I have learned how incredibly ugly grief could be, how strong a mother can be for her children, and how strong my children can be, despite their ages. We are all trying to figure out life without Devon. We've become different people," said Grube.

She is working to cope with the heartbreak by honoring her late husband and giving back.

Grube organized a fundraiser in his name that started as nothing more than a backyard cookout. During the course of several months, it grew into a weekend-long event at the KOA Campground called the Devon Grube Memorial BBQ Classic. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised for the Navy SEAL Foundation and Operation Once in a Lifetime, organizations that Grube said "financially and morally supported us through a terrible time."

Friends and community members rallied around Grube to help pull off the event. Kenny Letner assisted her in organizing the weekend.

"Margie’s been working so hard on this for the last six months, and it’s really given her something to focus on since the passing of Devon," Letner said.

13News Now met Brube at the BBQ Classic with a surprise for her family.

With the help of Operation Once in a Lifetime, 13News Now is sending the Grubes on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Green Bay Packers on November 26. The Pittsburgh Steelers was Devon's favorite NFL team.

"It's the day before [my son Wyatt's] birthday," she said, fighting back tears. "And you know, even those days... they’re hard, and to be able to have an amazing experience with him… Thank you. Thank you," she said.

Patrick Sowers with Operation Once in a Lifetime said people from the group will accompany the Grube Family to the game and bring veterans, as well.

"We really look forward to making someone’s dream come true, and it was so awesome to be introduced to Margie and able to offer that opportunity," Sowers said.

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