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April 21

 Celebrate Life Month


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Linda Ambard shares about how she gets through the month of April which includes her husband’s birthday and the anniversary of his death. She writes, “April is my celebrate life month.  I simply look for ways to celebrate the life I have been given and for ways to honor the man who loved me well for 23 years.  It isn’t easy. I have to face my fears to celebrate life.”

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April 19

 Saturday Morning Message: Healing Advice


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TAPS Blog | The guidance of others who have gone through a tragic grief experience can be so meaningful. This week the responses to Sasha’s question about the best advice that was given were varied. Each one was sent out of love with a desire to share what has helped them “celebrate the life” of their loved one.

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April 16

 Week in Review: TAPS Peer Mentoring Templated to Help Military and Veteran Caregivers, Important Registration Dates for Upcoming Events


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TAPS Blog | This weekly review shares news about the TAPS peer support model being utilized as a template to assist military and veteran caregivers. Information about important registration dates for upcoming TAPS events is highlighted. 

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Apr 23   Learning to Laugh Again: TAPS Destin Retreat Offers Military Widows Hope
  Press Release | Experiencing the death of a spouse who served in the Armed Forces is a devastating loss, but today’s military widows and fiancés don’t have to grieve alone – the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers care and support –including a special retreat just for military widows being held April 22-25 in Destin, Fla.

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Apr 21   Visual Grief: Families of Fallen Troops Work Through Loss at TAPS Fort Carson Seminar
  Press Release | TAPS will hold a regional grief seminar for adults and a Good Grief Camp for children at Fort Carson April 25-27, 2014. The seminar’s culminating event on Sunday is open to news coverage and will assemble a mural of that portrays how grief impacts our lives and how families can grow through trauma.

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Apr 21   QBE Foundation awards grants to 15 charities
  News Article : PR Newswire

Apr 21   Clipper Race - Californian crew member continues fundraising journey
  News Article : Sail World

Apr 18   U.S. Special Forces Struggle with Record Suicides: Admiral
  News Article : Reuters
By: Warren Strobel

Apr 18   Special Ops Chief Concerned About Suicides in His Force
  News Article : Tampa Bay Times
By: Bill Levesque


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April 26

 Fort Carson Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
 2013 Fort Carson Balloon Release

TAPS Event | TAPS Survivor Seminars are an inspirational weekend of support, care, and hope.  You will be among survivors making connections with those who have suffered a similar loss through our group discussions.  Workshops, and activities are at your disposable to encourage you to develop coping skills, life skills, and ways to honor your loved ones, all while cultivating a community of friendship and family that will last a lifetime.  Join us as we “Remember the Love, Celebrate the Life, and Share the Journey!”

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April 29

 TAPS Israeli Experience for Widows and Surviving Children
 Israel Memorial Day

TAPS Event | This is a unique TAPS experience where we are joining with a similar organization, the ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES WIDOWS AND ORPHANS ORGANIZATION (IDFWO).  We will be journeying to Israel as a group to experience Memorial Day in Israel with Israeli military widows and surviving children.

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May 7

 New Mexico Siblings Retreat
 Scenery NM

TAPS Event | TAPS Retreats are 3-4 day adventures in locations across the nation. TAPS Retreats are designed to create a strong sense of community and peer support among survivors by providing challenging group activities as well as multiple opportunities for conversation. Past retreat activities have included sky diving, zip lining, surfing, downhill skiing, horseback riding, and running a marathon!

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June 11

 North Carolina Parents Retreat
 Beach walkway

TAPS Event | TAPS Retreats are 3-4 day adventures in locations across the nation. TAPS Retreats are designed to create a strong sense of community and peer support among survivors by providing challenging group activities as well as multiple opportunities for conversation. Past retreat activities have included sky diving, zip lining, surfing, downhill skiing, horseback riding, and running a marathon!

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April 21

 Celebrate Life Month


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Linda Ambard shares about how she gets through the month of April which includes her husband’s birthday and the anniversary of his death. She writes, “April is my celebrate life month.  I simply look for ways to celebrate the life I have been given and for ways to honor the man who loved me well for 23 years.  It isn’t easy. I have to face my fears to celebrate life.”

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April 14

 A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving sister Elizabeth Rozier shares about a special moment… being present when her sister-in-law remarried. Elizabeth writes, “I’ve had enough conversations with other military survivors to know that surviving family of origin and surviving spouse sometimes have difficulties relating after their loved one dies. Not that our relationship is perfect in anyway, it’s seen hard times and good times, but what matters most is the miracle of our family sitting at Jessica and PJ’s wedding.”

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April 7

 Two Brothers’ Mission: Pay It Forward


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving mother Bobbie McHenry speaks about the compassionate support she and her family have received from TAPS since her son Christopher died. She shares about a special mission her two surviving sons organized to honor their brother and help raise awareness and funds for TAPS. She writes, "I'm so proud of my boys for doing this. I truly love the idea of paying it forward to this wonderful organization. Planning this event is also helping us cope with the loss of our son and their brother."

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