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August 18

 Three Years After Phil was Killed


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Linda Ambard speaks about some of the challenges she's faced when others have expressed their thoughts and conveyed expectations to her. She further discusses her future and the hope she has now. She writes, "I honor Phil and the love we shared even as I take small faltering steps forward.  I have begun to believe in myself and in my future without my Phil but that progress in no way means that I am 'over it'." 

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August 16

 Saturday Morning Message: Places Shared with Your Loved


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TAPS Blog | Working or visiting places where your loved one spent time can be difficult, but as the survivors who answered this week's question found, those places are a part of our loved one and we can appreciate them at our own pace.

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August 11

 Finding Hope Amid Devastating Loss: A Military Widow Who Lost her Marine to Suicide Shares Her Story


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Kim Ruocco shares her story and how she has been able to find hope again despite the devastating loss of her husband John. She writes, "By engaging in suicide postvention to assist grieving military families, I was able to find new meaning and purpose in my life.  This helped me realize that I could and would survive the trauma of John's death, and that my children and I were going to be ok."

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Aug 19   Re-Starting the Adventure of Life After Tragedy: TAPS Retreat in Scenic Utah Sept. 4-6 Helps Brothers and Sisters of Fallen Troops Heal
  Press Release | Experiencing the death of a brother or sister who served in the Armed Forces changes life forever for the siblings left behind. But they can find new purpose and meaning in life after tragedy. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is holding an adventure-style retreat for surviving siblings on September 4-6 in Moab, Utah. The 12 attendees (6 men and 6 women) will go whitewater rafting (class 4 rapids) on Thursday, September 4. Canyoneering with repelling of up to 300 feet will be the challenge for Friday, September 5. Rock climbing activities will dominate the schedule on Saturday, September 6.

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Aug 19   Life After Military Loss: Families of Fallen Troops Help Each Other, Find New Strength at TAPS Wisconsin Seminar
  Press Release | Coping with the death of a spouse, parent, child, or sibling who died while serving in the Armed Forces can be difficult. But the survivors of our fallen military don’t have to walk alone – there’s help and support available through TAPS. On August 22-24, TAPS will hold a regional grief seminar for adults and a Good Grief Camp for children in Green Bay. Approximately 75-100 people are expected to participate.

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Aug 19   Sept. 11 Memorial 5Ks in Arlington Next Month
  News Article : Arlington Now

Aug 18   TAPS Montana Men's Retreat Connects & Helps Grieving Dads, Brothers and Others
  Press Release | Fly fishing, cookouts and a trail ride will connect men grieving the death of a loved one who served in the military, while at the retreat being held August 21-23, organized by TAPS. Grief over the death of a loved one can be very isolating for men

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Aug 17   Photos: 2014 Big Wild Life Runs
  News Article : Alaska Dispatch

Aug 15   TAPS Alaska Retreat Helping Military Widows Heal
  News Article : Your Alaska Link
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September 3

 Moab, Utah Wilderness Adventure Siblings 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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September 10

 West Virginia 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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September 18

 Seventh Annual TAPS Golf Outing Sponsored by EOIR Technologies
 Golf Tournament - EOIR Logo

TAPS Event | EOIR Technologies is hosting its seventh annual charity golf tournament benefiting TAPS, to be held on Thursday, September 18th, 2014, at the Ruggles Golf Course in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. This event will raise thousands of dollars in much needed assistance for families of fallen servicemen and women.

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September 19

 TAPS Colorado Good Grief Camp Out
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TAPS Event | TAPS Good Grief Campouts for children and teens provides a safe and supportive atmosphere to conduct activities and opportunities to learn coping skills, establish and identify support systems and create awareness that they are not alone in the grief of their loved one.

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August 18

 Three Years After Phil was Killed


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Linda Ambard speaks about some of the challenges she's faced when others have expressed their thoughts and conveyed expectations to her. She further discusses her future and the hope she has now. She writes, "I honor Phil and the love we shared even as I take small faltering steps forward.  I have begun to believe in myself and in my future without my Phil but that progress in no way means that I am 'over it'." 

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August 11

 Finding Hope Amid Devastating Loss: A Military Widow Who Lost her Marine to Suicide Shares Her Story


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Kim's family

TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Kim Ruocco shares her story and how she has been able to find hope again despite the devastating loss of her husband John. She writes, "By engaging in suicide postvention to assist grieving military families, I was able to find new meaning and purpose in my life.  This helped me realize that I could and would survive the trauma of John's death, and that my children and I were going to be ok."

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August 5

 Please Don't Ask Me How My Son Died


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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving mother Karen Mojecki genuinely shares about her experience when people ask her how her son died. She expresses how it brings her back to the moment of the knock at the door. She writes about her hope that people will ask her about her son's traits, his values and his loves, and then listen to her as she shares them instead of focusing questions on how he died. 

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