From across the nation, people gave to Fallen Five's families

Samuel L. Jackson asks spectators to please donate during the Chattanooga Unite Tribute Concert at Ross's Landing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Jackson, a Chattanooga native, emceed the benefit concert for families of victims of the July, 16, shootings at military facilities in Chattanooga.

Coming Saturday: Victims' families talk about life and moving forward one year after the July 16 attack.

It wasn't just about the money.

The $1.5 million or so that poured in for the families of Chattanooga's five slain service members since the July 16, 2015, shootings will certainly help. It might mean children don't have to worry about clothes, schoolbooks or college, or widows can afford to retrain for new careers.