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May 23

 Saturday Morning Message: Memorial Day Weekend


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Folded Flag - Rose

TAPS Blog | This weekend there are many events to honor those who gave their lives in our country’s military. It is hard to decide what to do. Wherever you chose to spend this Memorial Day, you are in the right place and the thoughts of your TAPS family are with you.

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May 21

 Who is Memorial Day For?


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Bonnie Carroll

 
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TAPS Blog | Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder, defines what Memorial Day means for Americans and families of our nation's fallen heroes.

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May 21

 #FlagsIn Across America
 
Flags In Boots

TAPS Event | #FlagsIn will begin on Thursday, May 21, and run through Memorial Day, May 25. People can share their Flags In moment on social media platforms by using the hashtag #FlagsIn and tagging @taps4america.

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May 16

 Saturday Morning Message: Positive Lessons Learned


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TAPS

 
Lighthouse

TAPS Blog | Lighthouses have special meaning for me. They light the way for those encountering difficulties while traveling. We do the same when we write about our experiences in the Saturday Morning Message.

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May 26   TAPS Saddened by Death of Volunteer and Mentor SFC Pablo Ruiz III While Serving in Afghanistan
  Press Release | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 26, 2015 ARLINGTON, Va. - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) volunteer Army SFC Pablo Allende Ruiz III died Sunday, May 24, 2015 in Afghanistan. "We are saddened by the death of our dear friend and dedicated TAPS volunteer Pablo Ruiz, III," said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder. "During this Memorial Day week and all the days ahead, our hearts are with his family, friends, and the children of the TAPS Good Grief Camp whose lives he profoundly touched."

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May 25   Every day is Memorial Day
  News Article : The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

May 25   Father Hopes to Capture Son's Spirit in Memorial Sculpture
  News Article : Twin Falls Times-News
By: Julie Wootton

May 25   Grinnell family honors veterans with memorial tradition
  News Article : The Des Moines Register
By: Danielle Ferguson

May 25   Dempsey Offers Humor, Song to Children at Annual TAPS Seminar
  News Article : Military.com
By: Bryant Jordan

May 25   Chairman: Families of Fallen Remain in Nation’s Hearts
  News Article : DoD News, Defense Media Activity
By: Terri Moon Cronk


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June 24

 Moab All Populations Wilderness Retreat
 Canoe Lake

TAPS Event | Experience the wonders of nature as you connect with other survivors. This retreat is open to spouses and relationship partners, parents, siblings and adult children who have lost a loved one who served in the military.

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June 24

 Miami Widows Retreat
 Miami Retreat

TAPS Event | Join us in sunny Florida for a time of healing and connection with fellow surviving widows, fiances and significant others.

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June 26

 Green Bay Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
 2013 Wisconsin Seminar

TAPS Event | You are warmly invited to join us at the Green Bay Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. Whether you are a few weeks, several months, or many years out from your loss, our program is tailored to meet you where you are in your grief journey.

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June 29

 Mid Atlantic Region Camp Out
 Good Grief Camp Out Mentor and Boy Pendleton

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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April 28

 The Dance


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TAPS

 
The Dance

TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving adult child Ashlynne Haycock shares how she connected to her mom on her fourth angelversary. She writes, "Signs from our loved ones come in all shapes and sizes, and this was the largest one I have ever received from my mom. It was her way of reminding me that she loved me, and even though I have sad days she is always there for me."

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April 27

 Forgiveness


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TAPS

 
Hands

TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Linda Ambard shares how she is learning to forgive and grow as she comes to the fourth anniversary of her husband's death. She writes, "Forgiveness is not about restoring trust or forgetting; it is about the decision to not live in the purgatory of doubt and anger over what cannot be fixed no matter how much I want it."

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March 27

 We All Want 'What We Ain't Got'


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Rachael Hill - Music

TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving spouse Rachael Hill shares how she feels connected to her husband through music. She writes, "Jeff continues to be a part of our lives because as the song says, a love like that isn’t easily forgotten. However, the beautiful thing about it is, it doesn’t have to be forgotten."

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