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I hope we can all join together to better understand the mystery of suicide and offer support to those left behind.” – Kim Ruocco, TAPS Spouse

In the aftermath of a death by suicide, there may be confusion and questions circling in your mind. What if? Why? What could I have done? These are questions often asked by people who experience the death of a loved one, but they take on expanded meaning to people facing grief when their loved ones have died by suicide. You are not alone. TAPS is here to walk alongside you and offer comfort and help. Suicide survivors are welcome at all TAPS events for families of our fallen. There is a special suicide loss chat each month and we hold an annual gathering for suicide survivors in the fall.

2011 National Suicide - Hotel  
TAPS Event | You are warmly invited to join TAPS for a special program of comfort and support for all those grieving the suicide loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces. Come honor your hero and share his or her life, memory and service with others who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Our Stories: Suicide
Ruocco Kim  
TAPS Magazine |

Dear TAPS Family,

As fall approaches, I am filled with a mix of emotions as I’m flooded with memories of the past and passion for my newfound purpose. October is the month when I married my best friend and soul mate, John Ruocco. He was the life of the party and loved any excuse to be with friends and family to celebrate. Halloween was his favorite holiday, giving him an excuse to dress up and act like a kid. He found joy in everything autumnal—the smell of wet leaves, the brilliant colors on the trees of New England, and of course, football. Even his birthday occurred in the fall. I always looked forward to fall because we would get away on our anniversary, just the two of us; it was “our time.”

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TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving father Bob Bagosy speaks about his quest to honor his son. Three years after Tommy's death, Bob received word that his son would be awarded the Purple Heart posthumously from an IED blast Tommy had be injured in when he was in Iraq. Bob writes, "It (the Purple Heart) will show Tommy's bravery for the silent wounds he suffered during combat, and perhaps his story will help other silent wounded Marines not to give up, not to ever give up."
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