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Local military family receives special delivery

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Being a military town, San Diego never comes up short when it comes to the men and women who serve our country. 

Saturday, we follow up with a family who we first met 12 years ago. They paid the ultimate sacrifice, and the gift they got Saturday couldn't be more deserved.

It was a heck of an entrance and it was all for one special San Diego family.

"I'm really surprised at how big they are and that they did this for me...I'm really thankful," Maddie Bancroft said. 

Thirteen year old Maddie Bancroft says she's thankful for a generous Folds of Honor check.

"We're very grateful to Folds of Honor for allowing Maddie to have this scholarship - goes to a tutoring program she does after school in Coronado. So it makes it so much easier for mom," Bancroft said. 

To understand what makes today so special, you have to know how Maddie and her mom got here. Unfortunately, it's because of heartbreak. 

Twelve years ago, Maddie's father, Marine Corp Captain Matthew Bancroft was serving as a pilot in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. On January 9th, 2002, his plane went down in Pakistan. We covered the memorial when it happened and the crowd was huge.

"It's been hard. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about him. But we're all so very grateful for the community and what people have done for us," Bancroft said. 

Maddie was only eight months old when her father died, but her family has kept his memory alive and strong. It seems like all of San Diego has stepped up to support their sacrifice.

"I have seen time and again organizations like Anheuser-Busch and other parts of the city. They wrap their arms around these families and support them in ways that's just so very important that they know that they're not alone and not just that the Marine Corp is behind them but the whole country is behind them," John Farnam, Commanding Officer of Marine Station Miramar said. 

Anheuser-Busch funds Folds of Honor, so it was fitting that their famous clydesdales delivered the check and they are huge. 

It was a heck of a presentation, for a family that paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

"We're just in awe of all of this and just grateful they're recognizing not just Maddie but my husband's sacrifice," Bancroft said.  

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