TAPS to Host Panel Discussion on Military Survivor Benefits for Capitol Hill Staff

Organization will be Joined by DoD, VA to inform attendees on
how to connect families to the resources they need


ARLINGTON, Va. -– The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will host a breakfast panel presentation on military survivor benefits and resources for Congressional office staff members on Friday, Sept. 29, at 8 a.m. in the House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing Room, Cannon 334.

Entitled, “After the Bugle Stops – A Discussion of Resources to Help Surviving Family Members of Servicemembers and Veterans,” TAPS experts in counseling, casework assistance and survivor education benefits will be joined by representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Office of Casualty and Mortuary Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Survivor Assistance.

“Many times, surviving family members reach out to their Congressional offices with questions about military and veteran survivor benefits and programs,” said Kathy Moakler, TAPS Director of Survivor Advocacy. “These questions can frequently be addressed by connecting them to government or private resources.”

Staff interested in attending the event may RSVP to rsvp@taps.org. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. with the panel discussion taking place from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups 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. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).