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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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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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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

Apr 17   Announcing the Top Nominees for the Fifth Annual CLASSY Awards
  News Article : UN Foundation (press release)

Apr 16   Out of the Darkness and Into the Light
  News Article : Bullard News
By: Anthony Vence

Apr 16   Army Reserve suicide-prevention expert serves on HBO panel
  News Article : Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDs)
By: Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris

Apr 14   TAPS Peer Mentorship Program Becomes Valuable Model for Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network
  Press Release | The peer mentoring model used by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will be utilized to create a new network to help military and veteran caregivers, according to an op-ed written by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden, published on April 11, 2014 by Military Spouse Magazine.

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April 21

 Florida Widows Retreat
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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 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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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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March 31

 From Tragedy to Helping Others: Military Widow Gives Back


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Nicki Bunting shares about why she takes time to help other grieving military families. She writes, “I know that when I was in my worst of times, I needed a lot of support and to be able to support others when they are in need, it helps me too.” Nicki was the honoree of the Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award at the TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 27, 2014.

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