Stories by TAPS


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Video: Grief Dreams

This video recording of the webinar discusses the common questions people have related to dreams after loss and how they apply to one's grief.

7/9/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS Quick Series - Suicide Loss Survivor

This guide provides a roadmap to move from surviving to healing to thriving after loss of loved one by suicide.

6/12/2019 - TAPS
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Video: Returning to Work after a Death

This video recording of the webinar tools and techniques to help the newly bereaved with their transition back to the workplace.

6/11/2019 - TAPS
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Dozens of survivors and advocates to storm the hill this week

TAPS is among military family advocates and veteran organizations to advocate for Congressional support to end the "widows’ tax,".

5/21/2019 - TAPS
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Armed Forces Cycling Classic supports TAPS

Cyclists, register today for the June 1 Challenge Ride as a member of Team TAPS. You will receive a limited edition Team TAPS jersey.

5/8/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS Care Package for College Freshmen

Incoming college freshmen, apply by June 14 to receive fun and useful items to help get you started at college while honoring your loved one.

5/4/2019 - TAPS
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New Podcast and Book on Coping with Suicide Loss

Hosted by ABC News correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton, the podcast is a road map to survival, offering inspiring insight on how to regain balance and get back to life.

5/3/2019 - TAPS
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Sesame Street’s Resources for Grieving Military Families

Sesame Street celebrates 50 years of providing quality educational programming and resources to help children grow smarter, stronger and kinder.

4/28/2019 - TAPS
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Video: Double Whammy - Coping with the Death of a Spouse While Parenting a Grieving Child

This video recording of the webinar covers the unique grieving and parenting challenges that face widowed mothers and fathers.

4/25/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS Legacy Mentors New York City Experience

A group of young adult military survivors attended an educational tour of New York City to explore career and cultural opportunities .

4/18/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS Advisory Board Members recognized for their outstanding work

TAPS Advisory Board members received awards and recognition at the Association for Death Education and Counseling at their conference on April 12.

4/14/2019 - TAPS
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College Scholarship for Surviving High School Seniors in Michigan

The Detroit Lions are offering educational scholarships to Michigan children who have suffered the loss of a parent or sibling who served in the military.

4/11/2019 - TAPS
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A Four-Part Plan to Support Survivors of Trauma

Over the next four days, TAPS will share a 4 part plan to support survivors through trauma to a place where hope, healing and, eventually, growth can take place.

4/7/2019 - TAPS
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Video: Underserved and Overlooked: Supporting Widowed Parents

This video recording presents the latest research and clinical efforts aimed at supporting parents who face unique and specific bereavement challenges.

3/28/2019 - TAPS
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BAE Systems continues tradition of corporate support

Last May, employees of BAE Systems packed 550 Hugs To Go bags for surviving children attending the National Good Grief Camp in Washington, D.C.

3/1/2019 - TAPS
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Military Mentor hosts Meetup for Prospective Volunteers

John Jarecki hosts a Military Mentor event in Alexandria, Virginia, to help recruit other mentors and to raise funds for TAPS on February 26.

2/25/2019 - TAPS
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Surviving sibling continues brother’s legacy of service

TAPS will present the Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award to surviving sibling Angel Pansini at our 25th Anniversary TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 6.

2/23/2019 - TAPS
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Ted Stevens: Leaving a legacy of caring for families of the fallen

For Flashback Friday, we re-publish a letter the late Sen. Ted Stevens wrote in gratitude for staff and sponsors work supporting surviving military families.

2/22/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS bracelet raises awareness in Hollywood to support military widows

Gift bags given to nominees at this Sunday’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles will include a special bracelet that comes from Afghanistan with a message of hope.

2/22/2019 - TAPS
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Conference for Suicide Loss: Making Connections, Sharing Hope

Suicide survivors, learn new new ways to navigate your grief journey at the Healing After Suicide Loss Conference in Denver, Colorado on April 27.

2/20/2019 - TAPS
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First TAPS Military Mentor of the Year Continues to Volunteer

A volunteer since 2001, Rob continues to provide outstanding support of children grieving the loss their fallen heroes.

2/15/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS suicide prevention and postvention: Decreasing risk and Increasing Hope

TAPS' Suicide Postvention Model of Support includes helping survivors to move focus away from how their loved ones died, and to focus on how they lived.

2/14/2019 - TAPS
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Stronger than she thought she could be: A widow looks back

A TAPS Peer Mentor now helping other survivors heal, recalls the roller coaster of emotions that come with losing the love of your life.

2/8/2019 - TAPS
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Grief expert shares how to find meaning after loss

More than 60 grief professionals attended a 2-day Techniques of Grief Therapy workshop with grief expert Robert Neimeyer, PhD.

2/6/2019 - TAPS
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Three families honor loved ones at the Super Bowl

Thanks to NFL, USAA, and a very special NFL coach, TAPS surviving families attend the Super Bowl LIII to honor their fallen military heroes.

2/3/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS Magazine: A source of inspiration, comfort, support and resources

In the spring 2002, TAPS celebrated the publication of the first issue of TAPS Magazine in the full-color, glossy format we enjoy today.

2/1/2019 - TAPS
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Video: Loss, Grief, and the Quest for Meaning

This video recording of the workshop discusses understanding how growth can come from grief, despite the emotional challenges that mourning brings.

1/30/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS Families at 2019 NFL Pro Bowl

TAPS families are at the Pro Bowl in Florida this weekend to honor the lives of their fallen heroes and cheer on their favorite athletes and teams.

1/27/2019 - TAPS
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Sharing hope and love with a new generation of military children

Megan Gibbs shares how TAPS has brought comfort to herself and her family for nearly 20 years and now is paying it forward.

1/25/2019 - TAPS
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Networking and Professional Development event for Legacy Mentors

TAPS young adult survivors, apply before February 1 to attend this a four-day, intensive event of professional development in New York City.

1/25/2019 - TAPS
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Run with TAPS in 2019

Register with Team TAPS for the Disney Princess Half Marathon February 21-24, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon March 15-17 and other races in 2019.

1/23/2019 - TAPS
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Video: Meditation for Coping with Difficult Emotions

This video recording of the webinar discusses how the physical sensation of emotion can be your ally during tough times.

1/17/2019 - TAPS
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Cherished Memories from a Child Revisited

Carolyn, who is now 28, was only 9 years old when she generously shared cherished memories of her father, Army Maj. Robert Horton.

1/11/2019 - TAPS
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TAPS marks 25 years of service in 2019

Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources to surviving loved ones.

1/4/2019 - TAPS
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Camaraderie and Comfort

TAPS Togethers and Care Groups are relaxed, casual gatherings that encourage connection in our communities and with each other.

12/20/2018 - TAPS
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You are Warmly Welcome to Join Us on Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Our TAPS family brings light into the darkness of grief. Join us May 24 to 27, 2019 as we focus on the light of the love we have shared and continue to share.

12/17/2018 - TAPS
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NFL Creates Another Incredible Salute to Service Season with teams4taps

The NFL’s Salute to Service is a year-round effort to honor, empower and connect service members, veterans and their families.

12/13/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Compassion Meditation for Meaning Making and Posttraumatic Growth

This video recording of the webinar address how compassion meditation can empower you to become your own best friend and advocate.

12/13/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Understanding the Grief of Addiction and Overdose Death

This video recording of the webinar is designed to help bereaved people understand the dynamics of this unique kind of grief.

12/11/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Coping with Waves of Grief During Special Times

This webinar discusses ways to cope and discover blessings and moments of joy amid the challenges of living through special dates without your loved one.

12/4/2018 - TAPS
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Helping Grieving Military Children

“Grieving children need to feel that they are being heard and understood.”

11/30/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Relaxation Meditation to ease the Anxiety, Stress and Tension of Grief

This webinar discusses how to reverse the harmful effects of grief and stress using evidence based, easy-to-do meditation practices.

11/15/2018 - TAPS
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Grunt Style Giving

“We can never forget because they will never forget,” said Daniel, a former drill sergeant.

11/12/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Passed and Present, Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive

This webinar unveils new and innovative ways to help individuals remember and celebrate the family and friends they never want to forget.

11/8/2018 - TAPS
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U.S. and U.K. Families Gather in London for Friendship and Football

Surviving families unite to honor loved ones who served in the American and British Armed Forces.

10/25/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Partners with Broadway Musical Bandstand on Film Release

Playing November 15 and 19 in select theaters. Visit BandstandBroadway.com to purchase tickets for this unforgettable show.

10/17/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Talking with Teens about Death and Dying

This webinar provides practical techniques to will help parents, grandparents, and guardians open the lines of communication with bereaved teens.

9/26/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Counseling Bereaved Teens

This webinar for professionals discuss techniques to effectively communicate with grieving teens.

9/26/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Understanding and Applying Modern Grief Theory

This workshop explores the most prominent grief theories from the fields of psychology and thanatology.

9/14/2018 - TAPS
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New Poll Released from National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention

#BeThere. Learn the warning signs or symptoms that may lead to suicide and the resources available to help.

9/12/2018 - TAPS
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Changes to Survivor Benefits Coming

TAPS Casework Assistance team is always here to guide you through your benefit questions and put you in touch with the right people.

6/25/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Partners with Broadway Musical Bandstand on Film Release

Playing June 25 and 28 in select theaters. Visit BandstandBroadway.com to purchase tickets for this unforgettable show.

6/6/2018 - TAPS
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Video: Photographing Grief

This workshop presents photography techniques and exercises for exploring and expressing your grief story.

5/16/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Family Campouts: Everything You Need to Know

Step away from the stresses of daily life and learn how to grieve as a family with the tools we provide at a TAPS Family campout this summer.

5/11/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Offers College Care Packages

TAPS is welcoming our recent graduates to college with a free education care package.

5/1/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Shares Best Practices of Peer-Based Emotional Support Programs in the Ukraine

TAPS International is a global coalition of military survivor peer-based programs.

4/27/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Launches Critical Suicide Prevention Awareness Training

The Safeway Foundation is funding this initial training series to be held at Veteran Centers in California.

4/16/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS VP Diana Roday Hosford Headed to the Royal Wedding

Diana Hosford, as a partner of The Diana Award, will be a part of the Windsor Castle public gallery May 19 for Prince Harry & Ms. Markle’s wedding.

4/16/2018 - TAPS
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Yuengling Lagers for Heroes Salute Veterans and Their Families

D.G. Yuengling & Son raise a toast to honor our military heroes during the month of May.

4/15/2018 - TAPS
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Volunteer Spotlight: Surviving Military Parents Advocate for Fellow Survivors

For three years, surviving military parents Andy and Julianne Weiss have been holding the tender hands of those in grief.

4/9/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Peer Mentor Honors Son by Earning College Degree

Fulfilling the promise Joanne made to her son gave her the empowerment and courage she needed to companion others through their grief.

3/12/2018 - TAPS
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Alaska Journal of Commerce: Movers and Shakers

TAPS will present the 2018 Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award to Ashlyn McCain at the annual TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 6.

2/14/2018 - TAPS
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Gold Star Peak Now Official

A unanimous vote at the U.S. Department of the Interior on February 8 bestowed the unnamed summit near Anchorage, Alaska as "Gold Star Peak."

2/9/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Seeks National Headquarters Volunteers

TAPS seeks volunteers to serve as guest liaisons at the new National Headquarters located in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.

2/9/2018 - TAPS
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Karndean DesignFlooring Raises Money for TAPS

Karndean DesignFlooring and its partners raised $3300 for TAPS at its 8th annual customer appreciation golf outing held on January 29.

2/7/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Military Mentor of the Year: Captain John Rhoten

Captain John Rhoten, U.S. Army, will be awarded the TAPS 2018 Military Mentor of the Year at annual TAPS Honor Guard Luncheon on March 6.

1/31/2018 - TAPS
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Citi Salutes Atlanta Network Raise $8400 for TAPS in 1 Hour

Over 75 site employees participated in the December luncheon and auction to benefit TAPS.

1/25/2018 - TAPS
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TAPS Casework Assistance Available to Military Survivors During Government Shutdown

Your TAPS Family is here if you need to speak to someone with benefit concerns during the government shutdown.

1/20/2018 - TAPS
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8 Tips to Help Someone Grieving at the Holidays

TAPS offers 8 tips to help you be present for those who are grieving the death of a loved one this holiday season.

12/20/2017 - TAPS
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What Eligible Military Survivors Need to Know About the TRICARE Changes

The new TRICARE changes, which are rolling out in 2018, may impact many eligible military survivors’ health insurance plans.

12/18/2017 - TAPS
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The Gift of Mentorship: Caring for Our Youngest Military Survivors

The greatest gift to Pete, a TAPS Military Mentor, is the children he gets to mentor as they grow and heal through TAPS.

12/12/2017 - TAPS
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NFL Auction Benefits TAPS

As a charity partners of the NFL, TAPS benefits from the proceeds of auctions for official NFL items, Super Bowl Packages and signed and game-used items.

12/11/2017 - TAPS
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Country Star's Music Brings Holiday Cheer

TAPS welcomed country music star Shane Owens to our West Coast program event in San Diego in early December.

12/11/2017 - TAPS
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Land of the Free Because of the Brave

TAPS was honored to participate in the Annual “Land of the Free Veterans Day Golf Classic” in City of Industry, California.

12/11/2017 - TAPS
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TAPS Families Enjoy Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

For the second year in a row, TAPS families in the Colorado Springs area were able to attend an evening of cheer and holiday spirit thanks to generous supporters.

12/11/2017 - TAPS
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New Partnership Supports Military Families of Toxic Exposure Deaths

TAPS hopes this partnership will allow us to advocate for surviving military families and raise awareness to reduce the number of victims of toxic exposure.

11/30/2017 - TAPS
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Movie Review: “Last Flag Flying” Provides Window Into Lives of Gold Star Families

“Last Flag Flying” shows the audience that military brotherhood is forever, extending long past one’s service and even past death.

11/20/2017 - TAPS
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Movie Review: “No Greater Love” Seeks to Help People Understand Experience of War

Layering real war footage with heartfelt interviews with soldiers and Gold Star family members, “No Greater Love” strives to promote healing.

11/20/2017 - TAPS
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Amazon #SeasonOfSmiles

Starting November 20, TAPS invites you to participate in the Amazon #SeasonOfSmiles social media campaign by sharing your best TAPS stories.

11/20/2017 - TAPS
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November 28 Gates Foundation #GivingTuesday Match

Get ready now for the Giving Tuesday November 28 match opportunity. Share your fundraisers and the official TAPS fundraiser link early and often!

11/19/2017 - TAPS
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#MyGivingStory

Share why you support TAPS and why others should give to TAPS, too. Help TAPS win up to $10,000 this #GivingTuesday for families of the fallen.

11/19/2017 - TAPS
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Hurricane Disaster Assistance Helps One Family Believe

A Gold Star Child's Dear Santa List: Macbook, guitar & Daddy. TAPS helps a surviving military family in Puerto Rico affected by the hurricane​s​.

11/18/2017 - TAPS
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Children’s Grief Awareness Day

TAPS is proud to work with partners to provide cutting edge support and care to our youngest survivors who are grieving the loss of a loved one in military service.

11/16/2017 - TAPS
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Jim Koons Automotive Operation WOW

TAPS was recently presented a check by Jim Koons Automotive based on the number of three-pointers made by the Washington Wizards.

11/16/2017 - TAPS
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Country Star Donates Proceeds to TAPS

Since Memorial Day, traditional Country singer, Shane Owens has been donating 100% of the net proceeds from the tribute song “19" to TAPS.

11/16/2017 - TAPS
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Military Survivor Helps Fellow Ex-Spouses Navigate Unique Grief

The grief she felt over the death of her ex-husband was palpable, but others didn’t understand how she could be grieving. But it was there, and it was real.

11/14/2017 - TAPS
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AT&T and the Atlanta Falcons Support TAPS

Over 200 TAPS families and their heroes were honored during the Atlanta Falcons game on November 12 as part of the NFL’s Salute to Service.

11/12/2017 - TAPS
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NFL Salute to Service Honors Fallen Heroes and Their Families

Over 400 family members who lost loved ones during their service to the nation attended Salute to Service activities over the Veterans Day weekend.

11/11/2017 - TAPS
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TAPS Honored as 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit

TAPS is pleased to announce that it has been honored with a prestigious 2017 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits.

11/10/2017 - TAPS
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Team TAPS Runners Participate in the TCS New York City Marathon

Team TAPS runners honor the life and legacy of our fallen heroes running this weekend in the TCS New York City Marathon.

11/3/2017 - TAPS
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CFC Campaign in Full Swing Across National Capitol Region

The annual CFC campaign makes it easy to Show Some Love to the causes they care about most. For many that cause is TAPS!

11/2/2017 - TAPS
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Movie Review: "Thank You For Your Service" May Be Triggering and Emotional for Military Survivors

TAPS encourages each person to exercise judgment with regard to seeing this movie.

10/27/2017 - TAPS
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9th Annual TAPS National Military Suicide Seminar Helps Families Find Hope and Healing in the Desert

TAPS welcomed more than 600 family members grieving the death of a military loved one in Phoenix.

10/24/2017 - TAPS
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Team TAPS Runners Participate in Marine Corps Marathon

Over 300 runners trained for months to run the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K for Team TAPS on October 22.

10/23/2017 - TAPS
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Honoring Nine Years of Support

Oshkosh Defense has generously supported TAPS programs and ​is a leading supporter of ​the TAPS Honor Guard Gala.

10/16/2017 - TAPS
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Purpose in connection

Lori Branch’s commitment to volunteerism runs about as deep as her Georgia roots.

10/16/2017 - TAPS
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TAPS Casework Assistance Available to Military Families of the Fallen Affected by Natural Disasters

For everyone who has endured nature's worst effects, your TAPS Family is here if you need to speak to someone for extra support and care.

9/6/2017 - TAPS
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We Find Our Strength Together

TAPS Togethers, one-day events in communities across the country, bring surviving military families together in relaxed, casual settings.

8/31/2017 - TAPS
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Our Hearts Are with You, Houston

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in our TAPS family who is affected by the historic flooding in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

8/28/2017 - TAPS
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Book Shelf: “I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye”

Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., used their experiences to write a book that can resonate with anyone grieving the loss of a loved one.

7/27/2017 - TAPS
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An Unexpected Transformation

Since Army Capt. Joe Quenga began volunteering with TAPS in May 2016, he has recorded nearly 130 hours during 11 events.

7/12/2017 - TAPS
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The Value of Giving Back by Honoring Families of the Fallen

Dedicated and selfless TAPS volunteers spent a combined 17,142 hours over Memorial Day weekend, ensuring our families receive the healing support they need.

7/12/2017 - TAPS
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Heading Off to College?

TAPS is welcoming our recent graduates to college with a free education care package.

6/25/2017 - TAPS
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A Grateful Nation Honors Fallen Heroes

Get involved in a Memorial Day event this year. Honor our fallen service members.

5/25/2017 - TAPS
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Making Memories at Mealtimes

TAPS was born around a kitchen table, when families grieving a military tragedy came together to comfort each other knowing they weren’t alone.

5/21/2017 - TAPS
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Supporting Children and Family Survivors of Military Line-of-Duty Deaths

Children who experience the loss of a parent or other family member through a military line-of-duty death are likely to face a number of unique issues.

5/9/2017 - TAPS
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Variety of Events Available for Surviving Military Children

In addition to TAPS Youth Programs events, there are a variety of events that are available to surviving military children throughout the year.

4/14/2017 - TAPS
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TAPS Military Mentor of the Year: Daniel Davenport

Staff Sergeant Daniel Davenport will be awarded the TAPS 2017 Military Mentor of the Year at annual TAPS Honor Guard Luncheon on April 12.

3/22/2017 - TAPS
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Webinar: Supporting a Surviving Loved One

This course is designed to help volunteers support surviving loved ones, and provide volunteers with tips and tools to support veterans at their organization.

3/15/2017 - TAPS
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Webinar: Setting Boundaries as a Volunteer

This course discusses the importance setting personal and professional boundaries when working with different groups.

3/15/2017 - TAPS
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Peer Mentoring Forges a Deeper Sibling Bond

Siblings Renee and Wally decided to attend a TAPS Peer Mentor training. They didn't realize the experience would forge a deeper sibling bond.

3/10/2017 - TAPS
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How Persistence and Patience Paid Off

The gifts Simon and my other mentees give me cannot be replaced. My mentees help me go on and honor my grandson's legacy.

3/10/2017 - TAPS
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6 Women Who Inspire Us In Grief

Women have defined so much of our world's history as leaders and pioneers. So, why wouldn't they help us define the way we grieve?

3/8/2017 - TAPS
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Fry Scholarship Awardees to Receive Full Coverage of Tuition, Regardless of Residency

As of July 1, 2017, all recipients of the Fry Scholarship will be guaranteed in-state tuition at any public university in the country.

2/24/2017 - TAPS
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TAPS Marches in Inaugural Parade

Nearly 200 TAPS families marched in the Inaugural Parade for the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump.

1/20/2017 - TAPS
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TAPS Professionals Help Survivors In Darkest Moments

“Looking forward to future webinars like those that I have been able to attend to get some help in my journey.”

12/27/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Professionals Help Survivors In Darkest Moments

Volunteers supported almost every program within TAPS, from our Good Grief Camps to adult programming to Team TAPS races.

12/26/2016 - TAPS
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Survivors Honored Loved Ones Through Sports

TAPS honored our heroes at baseball games in a dozen cities, hung out in the pits at NASCAR and watched horses soar over jumps.

12/25/2016 - TAPS
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Peer Mentors are Always By Your Side

TAPS Peer Mentors are dedicated to being a constant source of support to their mentees, showing patience and understanding in all situations.

12/24/2016 - TAPS
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You’re Never Alone with TAPS Community Based Care

TAPS can connect you to available support right in your community — especially at the holidays.

12/23/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Makes Access to Education Benefits Easier

Benefits are available to attend the school of your dreams.

12/22/2016 - TAPS
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Casework Helps Survivors Move Mountains

Sometimes Casework assistance comes in the form of a financial miracle and other times just a helpful nudge in the right direction when you need it most.

12/20/2016 - TAPS
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Runners Around the World Raise Support for TAPS

From Disney to Alaska, Team TAPS pounded out over 15,000 miles in 2016 to honor our fallen heroes and raise money and awareness for our TAPS families.

12/19/2016 - TAPS
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Survivors Take on New Adventures With Retreats

Survivors pushed themselves to new heights, hope and healing through hiking, swimming with whale sharks, snorkeling, dog sledding, horseback riding and more.

12/19/2016 - TAPS
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Young Survivors Find Hope and Friendship

At TAPS, we want every child who has lost a fallen hero to know they don't have to grow up alone.

12/18/2016 - TAPS
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Forging Ahead: Trails of Possibility

We can honor our heroes and share their stories while blazing a trail of our own.

12/17/2016 - TAPS
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Survivors Find Love and Acceptance at Seminars

TAPS heals hearts, brings hope and lets our families know they aren’t alone.

12/16/2016 - TAPS
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Virtual Connections: Survivors Gather Online

TAPS Online Community fosters special connections among survivors with real-time conversations, message boards and peer-based sharing groups.

12/15/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS is Always Here For You

When your family circle has been broken by death, holidays are a reminder of the empty spot at the table, the hole in your heart.

11/21/2016 - TAPS
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Oshkosh Defense Honors Fallen Heroes at Army Ten-Miler

For Oshkosh Defense Army Ten-Miler runners, the weekend experience was about humbly and proudly wearing their hero’s photo on their Team TAPS jersey.

10/29/2016 - TAPS
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Peer Mentoring: The Next Step

Have you ever wondered, “Where do I go from here?” I was there four years ago after my oldest son, Joshua, died by suicide.

10/23/2016 - TAPS
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"When Your Soulmate Dies: A Guide to Healing Through Heroic Mourning"

Because the soulmate relationship is by definition built upon a particularly strong attachment, the grief that follows the tearing-apart of that relationship is particularly strong.

10/16/2016 - TAPS
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Honoring Soldier's Legacy Drives Team TAPS Runner

"I just started crying," Cindy said about learning about Team TAPS for the first time. "I was like 'this is what I need to do."

10/5/2016 - TAPS
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Friends of TAPS - New York Life Foundation

Volunteers could be found passing out goody bags, making sure kids were hydrated, leading craft activities, and helping campers off the zip line.

10/1/2016 - TAPS
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Colorado Celebrity Classic Benefits TAPS

Proceeds from the Colorado Celebrity Classic events help sponsor vital TAPS programs, events and healing support for families.

10/1/2016 - TAPS
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Webinar: Reporting and Messaging on Suicide in the Military

This webinar is in support of National Suicide Prevention Month to raise awareness and the best information on prevention and reporting.

9/6/2016 - TAPS
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Honor Your Fallen Hero with the NFL This Football Season

When survivors share stories and photos of sports memories with their loved one, teams4taps works to create opportunities with those teams.

8/21/2016 - TAPS
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An Open Letter to Our TAPS Family During Election 2016

We recognize in the past week many across our TAPS Family are feeling the fatigue of political debate and fighting. Our primary mission remains your comfort and care.

8/3/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Joins Letter to Candidates on Honoring Families of the Fallen

To the military and veterans communities, nothing is more sacred or honored than the families of those who are grieving the death of their fallen military hero.

8/1/2016 - TAPS
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Webinar: Grief Support for Military Children - A Guide for School Personnel

This webinar is in support of National Suicide Prevention Month to raise awareness and the best information on prevention and reporting.

4/26/2016 - TAPS
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Meet a Mentor: Brittany Johnstone

Each connection between a mentor and a mentee is unique. For Brittany Johnstone, her mentee relationships develop through texting, social media and email.  

4/10/2016 - TAPS
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Friends of TAPS: DynCorp

Since 2001, DynCorp International has lost 84 teammates while supporting our nation’s foreign policy objectives.

4/1/2016 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Emily Hoey

Peer mentors are an important part of the TAPS family. We are grateful for the time they give helping other survivors heal.

4/1/2016 - TAPS
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Summer Good Grief Camp Opportunities

Good Grief Campout activities create the perfect backdrop for rituals that honor and remember loved ones.

4/1/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Quick Series - Children's Grief Guide

This guide can help you understand how grief affects children, and offers ways to help children through the grieving process.

3/31/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Quick Series - Education Support Services

Understand the type of education options and financial support available exclusively to survivors to help smooth the path to higher education.

3/31/2016 - TAPS
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Start Imperfectly Right Now

Often, perfect is the enemy of good enough, especially when it comes to our own well-being. Our challenge to you is to start imperfectly right now.

3/20/2016 - TAPS
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Reclaim Feelings of Well-being With New TAPS Initiative

TAPS new Health & Wellness Initiative, Inner Warrior, is a multi-dimensional program aimed at empowering survivors to reclaim feelings of wholeness and well-being.

2/21/2016 - TAPS
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Deadlines Nearing to Save on College Costs

There are many scholarships available for surviving family members that can help ease the financial burdens of education.

2/21/2016 - TAPS
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New Policy Affects Surviving Children with Special Needs

New legislation now allows eligible special need surviving children and adults to have their Survivor Benefit Plan payment made to a Special Needs Trust.

2/21/2016 - TAPS
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Get Texts From Your TAPS Family!

TAPS is expanding our mobile messaging capabilities with an exciting new program that allows us to text you important reminders.

2/8/2016 - TAPS
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Friends of TAPS: Windy25

This group of dedicated current and former military understands that when we call our fallen heroes by name and honor their memories they are with us.

12/21/2015 - TAPS
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Holiday Emotions Only Your #tapsfam Understands

Whether you need to dig into the holidays or to completely disconnect from them, there’s no place that grief takes you that your #tapsfam doesn’t understand.

12/21/2015 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Casey Callanan

Casey's interest to volunteer with TAPS was spurred by a speech delivered by Vice President Joe Biden during the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar.

12/21/2015 - TAPS
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teams4taps Marks Second Anniversary

The teams4taps program celebrated its two-year anniversary in November setting in motion an exciting end-of-year schedule of team engagements.

12/21/2015 - TAPS
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Holiday Survival Tips: Practical Advice to Help Anyone Coping with Grief

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Offers Tips for the Holidays.

11/25/2015 - TAPS
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Military Mentors Available for all Surviving Children

Through the TAPS Military Mentor Program, TAPS connects grieving military children with individual military mentors.

11/4/2015 - TAPS
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teams4taps Helps young Boy Meet NASCAR Star

In October, executives at Charlotte Motor Speedwaycreated an extraordinary opportunity for a TAPS family at the Bank of America 500 race.

11/4/2015 - TAPS
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Friends of TAPS: USAA

USAA joined TAPS in honoring families of the fallen by hosting USAA's annual Bowlathon in San Antonio, Texas.

9/21/2015 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Katherine Castelo

“If someone is on the phone with me and needs me for three hours, I will make myself available for three hours.”

9/21/2015 - TAPS
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The Strength In Our Stars

In time, it is promised by those who have traveled this journey, there will be smiles again where tears were shed.

7/28/2015 - TAPS
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Happy Birthday, America!

This Independence Day, America's Family wishes all of our fellow countrymen a happy and safe Fourth of July.

7/4/2015 - TAPS
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Explore Museums for Free This Summer

Participation in Blue Star Museums is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the summer season!

6/24/2015 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Ruth Roberts

Her father's mantra was, “You can't just be good, you also have to do good.”

6/21/2015 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Maria Elena Bancroft

Recuerda el amor, Celebra la vida. Comparte el viaje. Remember the love. Celebrate the life. Share the journey.

3/21/2015 - TAPS
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Kicking Off Our 21st Year - TAPS 2015 Winter in Review

It has been a cold winter here, but much to warm our hearts this past month as TAPS geared up for our 21st year of caring for the families of America’s fallen heroes.

3/3/2015 - TAPS
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The Run and Remember Team

The newly inaugurated Team TAPS will incorporate biking, walking, triathlons, swimming, tennis, and other competitive events.

12/21/2014 - TAPS
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What Do You Say, Dear?

Here are some coping strategies on how to deal with invitations, shared by members of the TAPS Online Community.

12/21/2014 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: John Rhoten

No matter where he is stationed, John remains committed to TAPS, ultimately adding to the success of the organization.

12/21/2014 - TAPS
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When Families Grieve at the Holidays: Supporting Children Coping with Loss

For children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or another significant person in their lives, the holiday season can be tough.

11/24/2014 - TAPS
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Resource Center: Casework Partnership

The TAPS Casework Department is proud to be available for our TAPS family members, supporting them on a wide variety of topics and issues.

9/21/2014 - TAPS
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Attending TAPS Events: Encouragement for the Newcomer

TAPS extends the loving atmosphere with special messages, publications, and online forums to inform, uplift, and sustain us as the journey continues.

9/21/2014 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Shaun Smithson

Survivors who have been with TAPS since the early 2000s would probably recognize Shaun, as he's been a strong pillar of support through the years.

9/21/2014 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: SFC Pablo Ruiz III

For Pablo, the bond that he shares with his mentee and seeing smiles on the faces of survivors is what it's all about.

6/21/2014 - TAPS
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The 20th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Thank you to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for sitting with TAPS children in the amphitheater yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.

5/28/2014 - TAPS
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Week in Review for May 7th

TAPS sends our thoughts to you and shares we are only a phone call away. Call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-959-TAPS (8277).

5/7/2014 - TAPS
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TAPS Peer Mentoring Templated to Help Military and Veteran Caregivers

The TAPS peer mentoring model will be templated and utilized to create a new network to help military and veteran caregivers.

4/16/2014 - TAPS
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Team TAPS Participates in Windy25 Memorial 5K

The Windy25 Memorial 5K is dedicated to the memory of the flight crew and passengers of the Windy25, an Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter that crashed.

4/9/2014 - TAPS
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TAPS Honor Guard Gala

The 2014 TAPS Honor Guard Gala was held Thursday, March 27th. It was a remarkable evening for TAPS as we celebrated our 20th Anniversary.

4/2/2014 - TAPS
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Friends of TAPS: Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense has generously supported TAPS national programs for three consecutive years and has supported the TAPS Honor Guard Gala.

3/21/2014 - TAPS
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Resource Center: TAPS Military Survivor Education Support Services

One of our goals at TAPS is to make every effort to ensure that surviving military dependents are not put in a position to pay for school out of pocket or through loans.

3/21/2014 - TAPS
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Attending TAPS Events: Encouragement for the Newcomer

Deciding to go to a TAPS event can be difficult for the new survivor. We question how we will fit in, how we will be treated, and what the event will be like.

3/21/2014 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Nicki Bunting

Nicki Bunting may be a busy single mom to two active little boys, but she also cares about helping others and wants to give back to the community.

3/21/2014 - TAPS
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Twenty Years of Hope and Healing

Safe enough to cry, safe enough to laugh, safe enough to share dreams. Twenty years ago, one of those dreams became a reality with the creation of TAPS

3/21/2014 - TAPS
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TAPS Remembers Our Friend Darcie Sims

TAPS extends our sincere condolences to the family of our mentor and friend Darcie Sims.

3/5/2014 - TAPS
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Washington Capitals Launch Courage Caps, Host Skating Party for TAPS Families

Washington Capitals hosted more than 120 children and adults assisted by TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

2/5/2014 - TAPS
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TAPS Issues Statement on Recent Military Deaths

TAPS stands ready to assist the families of our fallen troops and welcomes anyone grieving the death of a service member, regardless of where they died or how they died.

1/16/2014 - TAPS
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Coping with the Holidays

Here are some honest observations from TAPS survivors about coping with the holidays.

12/21/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Presence at Wreaths Across America Event at Arlington National Cemetery

On this day, over 200,000 wreaths will be placed on graves of fallen heroes across the country.

12/11/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Good Grief Camp Mentor Shares About Giving to Help the Families of our Fallen Military

Volunteers and families of the fallen teach each other how to honor their loved ones, cope with their loss, and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

12/5/2013 - TAPS
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Watch the Gold Star Children film Trailer

Gold Star Children is a documentary feature film that takes an intimate look at American children who've lost a parent to war.

11/14/2013 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Mardee McDaniel

“Volunteering for TAPS is my way of saying thank you to the families and honoring the sacrifice their loved ones made serving our country,”

9/21/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Issues Tips for the Public Seeking to Express Sympathy or Support for the Families of Those Who Died in the Navy Yard

We are saddened by the loss of life and injuries in a shooting incident at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C. yesterday.

9/17/2013 - TAPS
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Facing the Twelfth Anniversary of 9/11: TAPS Shares Tips for Families of the Fallen

TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, offers the following tips to help the surviving families of our fallen.

9/10/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Volunteer Recognition

TAPS is proud to announce that we are now a part of The President's Volunteer Service Award program.

6/27/2013 - TAPS
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Team TAPS: Battle Buddies

Coming from all the branches of service, these special runners count it a privilege and an honor to remember their fallen.

6/21/2013 - TAPS
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Grief 101: Advice to New TAPS Survivors

Asked recently what advice they would give to a newly bereaved person, TAPS survivors responded with powerful and diverse answers.

6/21/2013 - TAPS
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Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden Surprise our TAPS Children at Camp Pendleton Camp Out

Children who attended the TAPS/USO Good Grief Camp Out in Southern California were greeted to a surprise visit by the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden.

6/19/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Family Featured in Front Page New York Times Story on Suicide in the Military

Don Lipstein, of West Chester, Pa., is featured today in a front-page New York Times story by Andrew Lehren and Jim Dao discussing suicide in the military.

5/16/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Recognizes author and CNN anchor Jake Tapper at Book Signing Event

TAPS brought together 60 special guests with CNN anchor and author Jake Tapper at a signing of Tapper’s book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.

4/8/2013 - TAPS
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Run and Remember: Corporate Challenge

The Corporate Challenge program allows companies to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our loved ones while creating awareness and raise funds.

3/21/2013 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Marissa Tarulli

Marissa admits that the most challenging thing about volunteering is “finding the time to do it, making the extra effort to make it a part of your schedule.”

3/21/2013 - TAPS
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National Bereavement Study: A Call to Action

One of the recurring themes of grief is the feeling of isolation, the sensation that we are alone in the world and that no one understands what we are going through.

3/21/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Quick Series - Survivor Guide

This guide provides an introduction to TAPS programs and events. It also includes valuable information on grief and trauma as well as coping strategies.

1/28/2013 - TAPS
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TAPS Quick Series - Benefits and Finance

This guide is meant to help military survivors take a deep breath and think through their financial options following their loved one's death.

1/28/2013 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Charlene Miseli

“Knowing that this is an organization making a difference to so many every single day” is what keeps Charlene coming back

12/21/2012 - TAPS
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Run and Remember: Honoring the Memory of Windy25

Each year since the crash, members of the unit have gathered to honor their battle buddies and memorialize the loss.

12/21/2012 - TAPS
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TAPS Suicide Survivor Seminar

Rebecca Morrison is one of two widows TIME Magazine featured in its July cover story on the surge in Army suicides.

12/21/2012 - TAPS
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What do you say?

There is no right or wrong way to respond, but following are some ideas from TAPS survivors.

12/21/2012 - TAPS
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Widows Write for TIME's Battleland Blog

Widows Rebecca Morrison and Leslie McCaddon are blogging for TIME.com's Battleland blog about their experiences at TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar.

10/5/2012 - TAPS
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Resource Center, TAPS Top Picks for Scholarships

Casework Assistance team shares top picks for scholarships and educational resources.

9/21/2012 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Roseanne Lehman

Although she’s not a survivor of a military death, Roseanne Lehman is no stranger to loss and grieving.

9/21/2012 - TAPS
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To Sleep or Not to Sleep, That is the Problem…

For many of us, sleep patterns are disrupted after the death of a loved one, whether the trouble is lack of sleep or too much sleep.

9/21/2012 - TAPS
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Giving to Help the Families of our Fallen Military

James Baird at the TAPS Good Grief Camp with a child over Memorial Day Weekend in 2007.

9/21/2012 - TAPS
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Two Widows Talk with TIME Magazine

TIME magazine’s cover story issued today asks why active-duty service members are dying by suicide and features the stories of two widows.

7/12/2012 - TAPS
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Soldier's Son on a Mission to Help Other Grieving Military Kids

Timothy Swenson, age 13, of Humble, Texas, shares his story of coping with the death of his dad, to help other grieving military children.

6/29/2012 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Sergeant Kris Giuranna

Kris has proven to be a true leader and role model for all of us, children and adults alike.

6/21/2012 - TAPS
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CNN Takes an Intimate Look at Teen Grief

What really goes on during a TAPS Good Grief Camp for older children who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling who died while serving their country?

6/11/2012 - TAPS
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The Financial Aftermath of Military Loss

This week, TAPS is excited to announce our partnership with Citi on the CredAbility ReConnect program.

6/11/2012 - TAPS
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TAPS Supports the 'Got Your 6' Campaign

“The Got Your 6 campaign is poised to create much needed awareness around military families."

6/6/2012 - TAPS
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TAPS Retreats Loss

“I love going to the sibling retreat. I like sharing stories with other siblings; I can connect with them. It helps me deal with my grief and it makes my life easier.”

3/21/2012 - TAPS
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Military Widows Go Skydiving with the Army's Golden Knights

Surviving widows go skydiving with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights, an elite parachute jumping team based at Homestead.

2/13/2012 - TAPS
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Spotlight on Service: Barb Christie

“It didn’t matter what the task was. She just wanted to help, and I could tell it was an offer from the heart.”

12/21/2011 - TAPS
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Run and Remember: 2011 Team Long Gray Line

“Running for TAPS was a tremendously rewarding experience for me. The chance to honor Captain Doug DiCenzo and his surviving family was an incredible privilege."

9/21/2011 - TAPS
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TAPS Online Community

TAPS offers ongoing connection through our online community, linking us each and every day for sharing our grief, our challenges, our hopes, and our loved ones.

6/21/2011 - TAPS
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Traumatic Grief in Military Children

Read articles on Military Children & Families on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website.

6/21/2011 - TAPS
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Run and Remember: 50-50 Runner

For the last two years George Kraehe has been running all over the place. In fact he has run 14 marathons in 14 states for the TAPS Run and Remember Team.

3/21/2011 - TAPS
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5th Annual TAPS Celebrity Classic

The Colorado Honor Corps, led by Lynne and Bo Cottrell, hit another homerun this year with the 5th annual TAPS Celebrity Classic raising more than $400,000 for TAPS!

9/21/2010 - TAPS
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Bereavement Counseling

Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one.

9/21/2010 - TAPS
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Run and Remember: Running the Boston Marathon for TAPS

Any runner can participate with Team TAPS in any event in any location. We are proud to acknowledge two runners who supported TAPS in the prestigious Boston Marathon!

9/21/2010 - TAPS
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TAPS Community Resource Reports for Military Survivors

To help you connect locally, TAPS offers a Community Resource Report: a directory of grief resources and support groups in your local area.

9/21/2009 - TAPS
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Military Children and Grief

Recognizing how different a military death is for the surviving children is an important step in helping them cope with grief.

9/21/2008 - TAPS