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 VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN & DR. JILL BIDEN TO ADDRESS FAMILIES OF FALLEN MILITARY HEROES
Bidens, General Dempsey at TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp on Friday, May 25, 11am
Hundreds of Widows, Parents, Children, Siblings & Others Grieving a Military Death to Attend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will speak to families left behind by our fallen military at the opening session for the 18th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp, on Friday, May 25, 2012. The Vice President and Second Lady will keynote the opening session of the annual gathering organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) that draws more than 2,100 participants – among them will be hundreds of widows, parents, siblings, children and others grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will also deliver remarks.

As Second Lady and a military mom, Dr. Jill Biden works to bring attention to the sacrifices our service men and women, veterans and military families make. Through their Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden have encouraged all Americans to find ways to honor, recognize and serve veterans, service members  and military families in their communities.

Vice President Biden, Dr. Biden, and General Dempsey will speak at the opening session for adult survivors attended by hundreds of people grieving the death of a loved one in service to America. These remarks are open to the media.

Then they will meet with children grieving the death of a parent, sibling or other loved one who served in the military, as part of theTAPS Good Grief Camp program. The children will be accompanied by  mentors who are active duty service members or recent veterans volunteering at the camp.

Most TAPS families are grieving the traumatic and unexpected death of a loved one in military service to America. Bereavement experts believe that it takes five to seven years on average for survivors of traumatic loss to reach a “new normal” following the death of a loved one.

 ** MEDIA COVERAGE INVITED, MEDIA RSVP REQUIRED **

WHO:Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey

WHAT:
The Vice President, Dr. Biden, and General Dempsey address surviving families left behind by our nation’s fallen military heroes as they gather for the 18thAnnual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp overMemorial Day Weekend.

WHERE:
Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700Jefferson Davis Highway · Arlington, Virginia 22202

WHEN:
 Friday, May 25,2012, 11:00am. Further coverage details and media logistics will be provided inthe coming days. A mult box plug-in will be available.

MEDIA CONTACT/MEDIA RSVP:
Ami Neiberger-Miller, TAPS Public Affairs, 202.588.8277, ami@taps.org

MEDIA ACCESS TO OTHERTAPS EVENTS OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Media access is permitted to TAPS programs and the Good Grief Camp at other times throughout the weekend; a full schedule of media opportunities is available at: http://www.taps.org/media/press.aspx?id=7616

About the 18thAnnual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp
More than 2,100 people will participate in the 18th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp held over Memorial DayWeekend near Washington, D.C. from May 25-28. Widows, parents, siblings andother relatives will go to workshops on coping with grief and loss, join support groups, and attend ceremonies in our nation’s capital that honor the service and sacrifice of their loved ones. More than 500 children and teens will attend the TAPS Good Grief Camp for three days, where they will connect with peers, do age-appropriate activities that help them talk about their feelings, learn coping strategies for dealing with their grief after leaving camp, and forge one-on-one bonds with 500 trained military service members and recent veterans who volunteer.

About TAPS
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the familiesof America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. TAPS was founded in1994 by surviving military families following the deaths of their loved ones in a military plane crash. TAPS has offered comfort and care to more than 35,000 survivors and caregivers since its founding. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free 24-7 resource and information helpline at 800.959.TAPS.

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