Guarding the Future of America’s Living Legacy
Part of the comprehensive case work TAPS assists survivors with includes giving survivors access to the education benefits available for the children of America’s fallen heroes. There are hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarships for military surviving families, that are available from Federal, State and Private organizations.
- Marine Gunnery SGT. John D. Fry scholarship (Fry, CFR Chapter 33)
- maximum in state tuition ($17,500) at any school, state or private
- allowance of up to $1,000 a year for books
- stipend equivalent to the salary of an E-5 with dependents
- 36 months of benefits, ages 18 to 33, surviving children and spouses of those who died in the line of duty
- Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA, CFR Chapter 35)
- $1,003 a month towards the cost of education
- 45 months of benefits, children up to age of 26, spouses 20 years from the date of their loved one’s death.
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TAPS Education Support Services
Ashlynne Haycock has been the Education Services Coordinator for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for over two years. In this position she has worked with hundreds of survivors of military loss to connect them to education benefits and resources to further their goals. She helped facilitate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TAPS and the Department of Veterans Affairs that allows TAPS to make it easier for survivors to access their benefits.
Ashlynne is the surviving daughter of SFC Jeffrey Haycock and SrA Nichole Haycock, both who passed from service in the United States military. She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from American University in 2013. While at American University, she was one of the first recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Fry Scholarship, which helped shape her understanding of the problems surviving children and spouses face during college.
Margie graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Political Science. She has worked with numerous charity organizations to include the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She recently joined the TAPS staff and is working at their headquarters in Arlington, VA. Margie comes from a military family, her father, brothers, and fiancé are active duty combat veterans. She works to help survivors receive services and educational benefits.