Stories for 2017


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Saturday Morning Message: Favorite Foods

We can find comfort in our grief when we prepare the foods that have been a tradition in our families.

11/18/2017 - Carol Lane
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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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Finding Hope After Suicide Loss

TAPS showed me that I wasn’t alone. Through TAPS, I found a way to stay connected with Paul’s life and his military service.

11/17/2017 - Mike Aldapa
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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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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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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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5 Reasons Peer Support Has Helped Me Through My Grief

You can look up the definition of grief and read it over and over again, but until you go through it you’ll never fully understand.

11/14/2017 - Amanda Klager
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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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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and is intended to be a day of healing throughout the world.

11/14/2017 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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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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Saturday Morning Message: The Winter Holidays

For those dealing with grief, the winter holidays can add stress to an already difficult time, but there are many ways to cope.

11/11/2017 - Carol Lane
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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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Saturday Morning Message: The Difference TAPS Has Made — Part 2

TAPS survivors share how TAPS has made a difference in their grief journey.

11/4/2017 - Carol Lane
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Video: TAPS and NFL Partner for Salute to Service

TAPS families come together to recognize to honor and remember their fallen hero during the NFL Salute to Service.

11/4/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Arizona State University Salute to Service

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11/4/2017 - TAPS Media
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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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New Mexico Parents Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS parent survivors fly in hot air balloons together in New Mexico!

11/1/2017 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Fall 2017

Volume 23, Issue 3

10/30/2017 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Saturday Morning Message: The Difference TAPS Has Made

Connecting to others who are grieving the loss of a fallen hero through TAPS can make the grief journey a little easier.

10/28/2017 - Carol Lane
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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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United Kingdom Experience

Event Photos: TAPS remembers our fallen heroes together with our UK families who have lost a military loved one.

10/27/2017 - TAPS Media
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7 Things I’ve Learned Since the Loss of My Child

Child loss is a loss like no other. One often misunderstood by many. Here is what I’ve learned in my seven years of trekking through the unimaginable.

10/25/2017 - Angela Miller
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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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Video: A Man For Others: The Erik Kristensen Story

teams4taps and CBS Sports paid tribute to United States Naval Academy graduate and fallen U.S. Navy SEAL, LCDR Erik S. Kristensen

10/24/2017 - CBS Sports
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Favorite TAPS Activities

Survivors share what their favorite activities are when they attend TAPS events.

10/21/2017 - Carol Lane
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Marine Corps Marathon

Event Photos: Team TAPS participates in the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon.

10/21/2017 - TAPS Media
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Teen Adventure at Outward Bound

Event Photos: TAPS teens build resiliency, friendships and community at the TAPS Teen Adventure at Outward Bound.

10/21/2017 - TAPS Media
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Forest Bathing: Why Soaking In Nature Can Improve Your Health

Forest bathing is an actual thing, and we’d love for you to try it this fall as a way to connect with your inner self and the world around you.

10/18/2017 - Emily Munoz
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Easy Fall Foods to Keep Your Spirits Up

Embrace the changing of the seasons, starting with some easy fall-themed meals.

10/18/2017 - Marissa Donovan
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A New Role to Play

A Navy SEAL from 2002 to 2012 transitioning from military to civilian life, I was totally lost as to what to do next with my life.

10/16/2017 - William Wagasy
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Grade Schoolers and Military Loss

Military families know resilience. But, for grade schoolers, when a loved one is lost in the military, there is an incredible amount of trauma.

10/16/2017 - Gloria Horsley
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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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Dare to Share

Telling our story, whether to educate, vent or simply recall the memory of our loved one, can make us vulnerable. We run the risk of being deeply hurt.

10/16/2017 - Stephanie Frogge
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App Review: My Good Grief Journal for Kids

My Good Grief Journal for Kids provides opportunities for expressing grief and opening these difficult conversations between children and adults.

10/16/2017 - Cheryl Kreutter
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Book Review: The Four Agreements

Spiritual teacher Miguel Ruiz promotes healing and transformation through ancient wisdom of the Toltec culture, a people native to Central America.

10/16/2017 - Ashley Rao
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Beyond the Burst of Support

It’s common for friends and family to reach out in a burst of support in a time of crisis. But then, things go back to “normal” for them.

10/16/2017 - Shauna Springer
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Choosing Joy

I realized I needed to honor my son’s life. He was part of a historic elite – men and women who embody sacrifice, loyalty and service to country.

10/16/2017 - Carlene Cross
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A Stillness Among the Trees

The loss of Jack, and the life he lived, has shaped who I am today, and it continues to shape who I will be.

10/16/2017 - Abi Ruth Martin
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Extraordinary Lives, Many Thanks

On the eighth anniversary of Mark’s death, Afghan Ambassador to the United States invited TAPS surviving families to attend a dinner at the embassy.

10/16/2017 - Jennifer Stratton
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Losing Myself, After Losing John: The Fight to Find My Inner Warrior

Grief is one of the most difficult things we can endure. And If we allow it, grief can become all-consuming and even self-destructive.

10/16/2017 - Sharon Forbes
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My Dad Died, Too

Mentoring other children who wear the red shirt I once wore and who fill the places I once filled is one of the greatest honors I have ever experienced.

10/16/2017 - Nathaniel Lee
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Strong Footing Again

When we are overcome with sadness or grief, it can be difficult to continue the daily climb. How do we move through the grief?

10/16/2017 - Laurie Copmann
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The News That Changes Everything

In the throes of what feels like eternal darkness, it can feel so lonely. But it’s comforting to know the love will remain too.

10/16/2017 - Wendy Taylor
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You Deserve to Heal

You deserve to live and love fully again. You deserve to experience meaning for the rest of your days.

10/16/2017 - Alan Wolfelt
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Finding My Whole Self in the Brokenness

In my own life and in the lives of the families that I have met through TAPS, I see a similar thing. I see new beauty rebuilt out of ruins.

10/16/2017 - Erin Jacobson
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Peace and Purpose

Knowing we are part of a family – albeit one we never wanted to join, but one we are so glad exists – is the foundation of our ability to find purpose.

10/16/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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Rich in love and food: Pozole Verde

Christian grew up surrounded by a family rich in both love and food. His grandfather learned to prepare traditional dishes, Pozole became a family tradition.

10/16/2017 - Gabriela Chavez
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Showing up for Yourself

Just as the demands of grief call us to “show up” when we’d rather not, the tasks of life call us in a similar way.

10/16/2017 - Emily Munoz and Nichole Bukowski
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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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TAPS Volunteers

Event Photos: 2017 TAPS Volunteers

10/15/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Introducing Our Loved Ones

Sharing memories of our loved ones can be healing and also introduces our loved ones to readers of the Saturday Morning Message.

10/14/2017 - Carol Lane
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2017 Colorado Celebrity Classic to Benefit TAPS – Our Best One Yet!

As the family of Sgt. Nick Pansini told the story of his suicide in 2010, the reason for TAPS became crystal clear: We care!

10/12/2017 - Christine Burtt
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Video: Duty, Honor, Country: The Chase Prasnicki Story

CBS Sports helped teams4taps honor the life and legacy of Army Black Knights quarterback and fallen U.S. Army Ranger, 1LT Chase Prasnicki.

10/12/2017 - CBS Sports
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Video: Hope, Help and Healing

When someone dies in the military, TAPS is there to care for everyone who is grieving, forever, with resources and support.

10/10/2017 - TAPS Media
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National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix, Arizona

10/9/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: New Ventures

After the initial pain of grief has lessened, many find that undertaking a new hobby or pastime can offer comfort.

10/7/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Navy VS Air Force Football Game with CBS Sports

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10/7/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Oklahoma City Thunder

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10/6/2017 - TAPS Media
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My Father’s Voice

I never heard my father’s voice. There were photographs of him, and I know his handwriting from letters he wrote to my mother. But I always wondered how he sounded.

10/4/2017 - Lois La Pointe Kiely
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Saturday Morning Message: Thoughts for New Survivors

Survivors offer advice and encouraging words to fellow survivors who are new to TAPS.

9/30/2017 - Carol Lane
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3 Tips for Trying Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all the rage these days — and not without reason. It benefits our minds, bodies and spirits.

9/27/2017 - Ashley Rao
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3 Things Play Therapy Helps Us Remember About Children’s Grief

It's important to provide children with natural, healthy outlets for a range of emotion and chances to move their bodies and release energy.

9/27/2017 - Tina Barrett
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Gold Star Families: We Are the Best Versions of the Worst-Case Scenarios

We can be the best versions of the worst-case scenarios — embodying bravery, endurance and an unwillingness to let the death be the story.

9/27/2017 - Emily Munoz
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2 Tips for Men on the Grief Journey

As men, we tend to be the fixers, the doers, the listeners. We like to fix things. But what happens when we are the very thing that is broken into pieces?

9/27/2017 - Gabriel Rao
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teams4taps Atlanta Zoo

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9/26/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Kansas City Royals

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9/26/2017 - TAPS Media
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6 Ways to Honor Surviving Loved Ones on This Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

National Gold Star Mother’s Day, also known as National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, is observed annually on the last Sunday in September.

9/24/2017 - Marilyn Weisenburg
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Saturday Morning Message: The Warmth of Friendship

The warmth of a friendship can be so healing and comforting during the grief journey.

9/23/2017 - Carol Lane
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Peer Support, Collaboration Key to Better Mental Health Care

The VA is undertaking a vast strategic transformation in how it delivers mental health care to veterans.

9/21/2017 - Matt Mabe
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TAPS Togethers

Event Photos: 2017 TAPS Togethers

9/20/2017 - TAPS Media
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3 Ways Gardening Changed My Outlook on Grief

After my husband died, I felt like there was no hope. Then I found gardening, and it became a source of healing in my grief journey.

9/20/2017 - Anne Halvorson
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Boston Widows Retreat

Event Photos: Widow survivors learn a new skill in rowing and experience the power of working together.

9/20/2017 - TAPS Media
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5 Ways TAPS Peer Mentors Can Support New Survivors

No one can fully understand the grief journey in the way a fellow survivor can. TAPS Peer Mentors can walk beside new survivors as a steadfast companion.

9/19/2017 - Allicia Johnson
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Companioning as a Reflection of Love

Peer mentors have the opportunity to be companions, to listen with our hearts. I hope you choose to see your heart opening to people experiencing grief.

9/19/2017 - Alan Wolfelt
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Remember the Life, Recognize the Light

Making memorial luminaries with your children is an activity that can give kids an opportunity to creatively engage their memories of the loved one.

9/18/2017 - Jonathan Kirkendall and Erin Hefner
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Saturday Morning Message: What is Success?

Your view of success may change after the loss of your loved one.

9/16/2017 - Carol Lane
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8 Ways to Cope After a Suicide Loss

TAPS survivors who lost their loved ones to suicide offer creative coping skills to help with your grief.

9/15/2017 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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Inner Warrior Wellness Weekend - Baltimore

Event Photos: TAPS survivors participate in an Inner Warrior Wellness Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland

9/15/2017 - TAPS Media
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How I Learned from 9/11 That Love Never Dies

I was honored to spend 10 years with 9/11 firefighter families, taking the grief journey with them. The reality is that these families have not forgotten.

9/11/2017 - Heidi Horsley
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5 Things Professionals Learned After 9/11

Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have come a long way, and I have watched as bereaved families have once again found hope.

9/11/2017 - Heidi Horsley
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Stars4TAPS Muppets

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9/10/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Routine or Change

Is it easier to stick to a routine or change the daily tasks you do after the death of a loved one?

9/9/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps West Point Game

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9/9/2017 - TAPS Media
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Mount Shasta Climbing Expedition

Event Photos: Adult Survivors participate in rigorous adventure climb at Mount Shasta.

9/7/2017 - TAPS Media
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Dream Retreats

Where would you travel if you could choose one place?

9/2/2017 - Carol Lane
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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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Stars4TAPS Gary Sinise & Robert Irvine Event

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8/31/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps UNC Pembroke Military Appreciation Night

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8/31/2017 - TAPS Media
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6 Things I Wish I Knew as a New Widow

There are some basic truths that would have helped me navigate those first few months as a military widow with a bit more grace and confidence.

8/30/2017 - August Cabrera
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5 Ways to Create Memories with Your Loved One Who Died

One of the most painful parts of grief is facing a string of tomorrows without your loved one, but memories can still be created with your fallen hero.

8/28/2017 - Allicia Johnson
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Handling Paperwork

Survivors share what ideas for how to store your loved one's paperwork.

8/26/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Baltimore Ravens Seats for Service

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8/26/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Atlanta Falcons Honors

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8/26/2017 - TAPS Media
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Atlanta Parents Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS parent survivors swim with whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium!

8/22/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp

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8/22/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Stress Reduction Strategies

TAPS survivors share how they cope with the stress that comes with grief.

8/19/2017 - Carol Lane
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Inner Warrior Wellness Weekend - San Diego

Event Photos: TAPS survivors focus on their health and wellness together in San Diego

8/18/2017 - TAPS Media
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Machu Picchu Expedition

Event Photos: Adult Survivors trek the ancient city of Machu Picchu

8/14/2017 - TAPS Media
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Washington Women Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS women survivors build connections with other survivors in Washington.

8/13/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Special Memories

Sharing special memories about your loved one can be helpful for you, and it also allows others to get to know your cherished person.

8/12/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Seattle Seahawks Training Camp

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8/12/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4TAPS New England Patriots Training Camp

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8/8/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Atlanta Falcons Training Camp

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8/6/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Helpful Collections

Collecting items that are meaningful to you or your loved one can be helpful in the healing process.

8/5/2017 - Carol Lane
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Stars4TAPS Roger Waters & Pink Floyd Concert

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8/5/2017 - TAPS Media
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3 Reasons Why Posting "Sad" Things to Social Media Doesn't Mean I'm Stuck in My Grief

How could anyone think that posting a photo of my brother’s headstone on social media is not OK? That I’m somehow stuck in my grief?

8/4/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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Inner Warrior Wellness Weekend - St. Louis

Event Photos: TAPS survivors focus on their health and wellness together in St. Louis

8/4/2017 - TAPS Media
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5 Thoughts on Writing Your Story

It’s a good practice to sit down and write out everything you can remember about your loved one. Here’s why.

8/2/2017 - Karen Vaughn
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Stars4TAPS Soul2Soul Concert

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7/31/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Activities to Deal with Grief

Grief can be isolating and lonely. But activities can help with your grief and create ways to show others that it's OK to share memories of your loved one.

7/29/2017 - Carol Lane
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7 Random Acts of Kindness to Celebrate a Life Well Lived

To honor my son, our family wanted to have at least 41 random acts of kindness completed to celebrate a life well lived.

7/27/2017 - P. Ann Brothers
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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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How Helping Others Can Help Ourselves

A TAPS Peer Mentor stepped in during a time of need for a surviving mother running the New York City Half Marathon to honor her son.

7/27/2017 - Mike Aldapa
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San Juan Islands Kayaking Expedition

Event Photos: Adult Survivors kayak the San Juan Islands.

7/27/2017 - TAPS Media
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4 Things I Wish My Mom Knew

As I testified before Congress advocating on a bill to expand GI Bill benefits, all I could think about was how much my mom would have enjoyed being there.

7/24/2017 - Ashlynne Haycock
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Saturday Morning Message: TAPS Seminar Enjoyment

Survivors share what they enjoy most about attending TAPS Seminars.

7/22/2017 - Carol Lane
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5 Ways to a Healthier Summer (Even if Your Heart’s Not In It)

Summer, with its long days of light and warmth, is also a great time to stretch yourself emotionally and physically.

7/20/2017 - Emily Munoz
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Wisconsin Women's Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS women survivors connect with other survivors in Milwaukee

7/16/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Objects That Help Heal

Survivors share special objects they carry with them that is meaningful and helps when times are rough.

7/15/2017 - Carol Lane
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Stars4TAPS Train Concert

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7/14/2017 - TAPS Media
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Texas Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship in Austin, Texas.

7/14/2017 - TAPS Media
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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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Discovering a New Plan

Summer 2013 will always be a reminder of the plans I had that were erased in an instant and the new normal of my life now.

7/12/2017 - R. Glenn Kelly
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Children’s Books for the Summer

These books invite readers to discuss their own thoughts and feelings about loss as well as consider ways they can honor their loved ones who died.

7/12/2017 - Cheryl Kreutter
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The Value of Giving Back

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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When Does the Hurt Go Away?

It's been 10 years since my husband Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 2 Miles Henderson died in Iraq, but it can still take my breath away.

7/12/2017 - Artis Henderson
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Making the Trip

After my brother Sam died, I felt myself in need of a GPS. I felt completely lost in a world where others just seemed to zoom by so fast.

7/12/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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Climbing Mountains

Taking steps, literally and figuratively, in the direction of honoring my brothers helped me to learn to live and find joy again.

7/11/2017 - Peggy Carvill-Ligouri
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Active Remembering

Simply put, transitioning from passive mourning to active remembering is key to building resilience after loss.

7/11/2017 - Allison Gilbert
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Let It R.A.I.N.

Living in emotional pain is a lot like bad weather. There is no control, no predicting when the clouds will come or when the rain will start.

7/11/2017 - Heather Stang
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The Unstuck Approach

The goal with the Unstuck Approach is to learn to understand and help ourselves, so we can overcome feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.

7/11/2017 - James Gordon
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It Takes A Tribe

When we lose someone we love, it’s easy to lose hope. We can see the darkest parts of grief. But there is hope. There is help. There is healing.

7/11/2017 - Shauna Springer
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Talking to Children About Suicide

Rebuilding a family after a suicide can be a challenging endeavor, but it is possible to create a foundation that leads to hope, healing and understanding.

7/11/2017 - Kim Ruocco
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Saturday Morning Message: Sharing July Fourth Memories

Survivors share their favorite memories from the Fourth of July.

7/8/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Detroit Tigers Baseball Game

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7/4/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps New York Yankees Field of Dreams

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7/4/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Favorite Meals

7/1/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Aberdeen IronBirds Baseball Game

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6/30/2017 - TAPS Media
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Online Support

Online tools can be a helpful resource as we grieve the loss of our loved ones.

6/24/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Washington Spirit vs. Thorns

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6/24/2017 - TAPS Media
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Colorado Celebrity Classic to benefit TAPS was best ever

The two-day emotional fundraiser was packed with many hearts filled with desire to raise funds for families of America’s fallen heroes.

6/21/2017 - Scottie Taylor Iverson
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TAPS Magazine Summer 2017

Volume 23, Issue 2

6/21/2017 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Germany Widows Gathering

Event Photos: TAPS widow survivors participate challenging adventure in Germany

6/21/2017 - TAPS Media
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Southern California Good Grief Campout

Event Photos: TAPS children participate in TAPS Good Grief Campout in Southern California

6/18/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Finding Healing Through Volunteering

Volunteering can be a healing process while also giving back to others.

6/17/2017 - Carol Lane
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Colorado Celebrity Classic

Event Photos and Story of 2017 Colorado Celebrity Classic by Lisa Perry

6/16/2017 - TAPS Media
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Colorado Celebrity Classic

Event Photos by Dave Gill Photography

6/16/2017 - TAPS Media
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Stars4TAPS Bandstand

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6/16/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Memorial Day Events

TAPS survivors participated in a variety of Memorial Day events across the weekend to honor their fallen heroes.

6/10/2017 - Carol Lane
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Green River Whitewater Expedition

Event Photos: Adult Survivors raft the rapids in the Dinosaur National Monument, Utah.

6/8/2017 - TAPS Media
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Got Your 6

Event Photos: Got Your 6 led 6/6 Day of Service Project helping beautify the grounds of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C

6/6/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Memorial Day Activities

Survivors honored their loved ones in unique and personal ways on Memorial Day.

6/3/2017 - Carol Lane
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23rd National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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5/29/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Coca Cola 600

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5/28/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Memorial Day Weekend

On Memorial Day, military survivors can be found at many different events that honor those who gave their lives in service to our country.

5/27/2017 - Carol Lane
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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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5 Tips for Self-Care on Memorial Day

It's important to practice self care during Memorial Day weekend.

5/25/2017 - Zaneta Gileno
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5 Ways to Honor the Fallen This Memorial Day

Here are some ways you can get involved and honor all those who have served and died in addition to enjoying summer’s unofficial start.

5/25/2017 - Kelly Griffith
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Battlefield Promises

When his Iraqi interpreter’s move to the U.S. finally started to become a reality, Ed decided he would be the trusted voice in a strange land.

5/21/2017 - Emily Munoz
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Compassion for All

The informal practice of loving kindness meditation can be as simple as looking someone in the eye and silently wishing them “may you be happy.”

5/21/2017 - Heather Stang
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Following in Dad’s Footsteps

My dad, Army Col. John McHugh, ran this path before me. His blistered feet and tired body pounded this same Nebraska pavement 16 years before mine had.

5/21/2017 - Kelly McHugh-Stewart
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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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Real Men Do Cry

I’ve learned that surviving a grief that seems unfathomable is best done with other men with the courage to face their own brokenness.

5/21/2017 - Jon Ganues
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The Choice to Grieve

Although TAPS didn’t make our grief go away, it continues to help us along in this journey.

5/21/2017 - Laura Morrison
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Unexpected Grief, and Joy, On Mother's Day

Of all the holidays I thought would be hard, Mother's Day was not at the top of my list. After all, it was about me, not my late husband, and how could that be hard?

5/14/2017 - August Cabrera
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Saturday Morning Message: The Care of Our Loved Ones' Belongings

TAPS Magazine articles, “Boxes in the Attic” and “Boxes in the Attic: Part Two,” give ideas about how we care for our loved one’s belongings.

5/13/2017 - Carol Lane
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Military Appreciation Event

Event Photos: Military Appreciation Event with Vice President Pence, Mrs. Pence and Ivanka Trump

5/9/2017 - TAPS Media
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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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teams4taps Colorado Rockies Baseball Game

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5/7/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: The Story Behind the Name

When I was young, many people would talk about who they were named after and why. This has always been one of my favorite conversations.

5/6/2017 - Carol Lane
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Charleston Widows Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS widow survivors bond together on beautiful South Carolina beaches and participate in a variety of activities.

5/3/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Our Change of Thoughts on Mortality

I live by a relatively large river. It’s one place I like to go to think about questions like the change of ideas after the death of a loved one.

4/29/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Washington Nationals Game with PWC

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4/29/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Brigham Young University Baseball

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4/27/2017 - TAPS Media
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Request a Community Resource Report for Tailored Grief Support

TAPS can connect survivors to grief resources close to home. Upon request, TAPS can provide a detailed report of support groups in your community.

4/25/2017 - Lalaine Estella
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Seasons of Grief

In every season, there are challenges and hardships, but it's important to keep ourselves open to those moments when we can experience joy and growth.

4/24/2017 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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Saturday Morning Message: Pet Support

Sharing your space with a pet can be very rewarding. Just having your pet cuddle up next to you when you are feeling down can be uplifting.

4/22/2017 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps University of Oklahoma Baseball

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4/22/2017 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Mission Impact

Today over 70,000 surviving family members are part of the TAPS family. 14 new survivors come to TAPS daily for compassionate care.

4/20/2017 - TAPS Media
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Video: You Are Not Alone

Everyone in the TAPS family has heard a 21 gun salute. They have all been handed a folded flag.

4/20/2017 - TAPS Media
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Video: Survivor Connections

Survivors learn to keep alive the memories of their loved ones by sharing stories of loss and hope. They become living legacies who honor their fallen heroes.

4/20/2017 - TAPS Media
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Philadelphia Parents Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS parent survivors bond together in Philadelphia.

4/18/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Marking Days of Remembrance

This week survivors share ideas in response to the question about what survivors do on special days like birthdays and angelversaries.

4/15/2017 - Carol Lane
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4/14/2017 - TAPS Media
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5 Ways to Honor Your Surviving Military Child

Here are some ideas for how to honor your surviving military children during Month of the Military Child (and every month).

4/14/2017 - Jonathan Kirkendall
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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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6 Ways The Brotherly Bond Still Exists

When a sibling dies, we lose our first friend. But the relationship still exists.

4/13/2017 - Glenn Weaver
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TAPS Honor Guard Gala

Event Photos: TAPS supporters join together in supporting the families of our fallen military members.

4/12/2017 - TAPS Media
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Gala Highlights 2017

The 2017 TAPS Honor Guard Gala, held on April 12 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

4/12/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Eating While Grieving

Two articles from the TAPS Magazine archives give some good advice on how to give your body needed nutrients when you're experiencing grief.

4/8/2017 - Carol Lane
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Grand Canyon South Rim Expedition

Event Photos: Adult Survivors backpack the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

4/6/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Favorite Photos and Introductions

The photos today show how much each of these outstanding young people were loved and how much they are missed

4/1/2017 - Carol Lane
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Colorado Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship in Colorado.

3/31/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Replying to Comments About Your Grief Journey

Just hold my hand and let me cry, and say, 'My friend, I care.' Excerpt form "Don’t Tell Me That You Understand," written by Joanetta Hendel

3/25/2017 - Carol Lane
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Coastal Carolina Sea Kayaking Expedition

Event Photos: Adult Survivors go kayaking on the sea in South Carolina.

3/23/2017 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2017

Volume 23, Issue 1

3/21/2017 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Requesting Your Service Member's Military Records

While military records are used to establish benefits and entitlements, they also tell the story of our heroes' military careers.

3/20/2017 - Jen Harlow
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5 Things to Pack for the Grief Journey

The grief journey takes us to unknown places, and while we don't know all that we will encounter, we can pack some things to help us on the journey ahead.

3/19/2017 - Erin Jacobson
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Bataan Memorial Death March

Event Photos: Team TAPS joins the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on March 19.

3/19/2017 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Brooklyn Nets Basketball Game

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3/19/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Handling the Balance of Life

This week, survivors share how they handle the emotional events of their lives. Finding others who had gone through the same experience can be uplifting.

3/18/2017 - Carol Lane
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Chicago Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship in Chicago.

3/17/2017 - TAPS Media
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Washington Mom's Retreat

Event Photos: Surviving moms gather with fellow surviving moms in the beauty and serenity of Bainbridge Island.

3/16/2017 - TAPS Media
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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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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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Saturday Morning Message: Benefits of TAPS Seminars

The best part of attending a TAPS Seminar is seeing the smiles on these survivors’ faces as they hug each other.

3/10/2017 - Carol Lane
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7 Lessons Running Taught Me About Grief

The grief journey takes us to unknown places, and while we don't know all that we will encounter, we can pack some things to help us on the journey ahead.

3/10/2017 - Linda Ambard
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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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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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Video: Become a Good Grief Camp Mentor

The TAPS Good Grief Camp Military Mentor program is one of the most meaningful volunteer opportunities we offer at TAPS.

3/9/2017 - TAPS Media
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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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Saturday Morning Message: A Change of Purpose After Loved One's Death

Our life is forever changed after the death of a loved one. Survivors discuss doing things that honor our loved ones as our purpose in life changes.

3/3/2017 - Carol Lane
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Alaska Widows Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS widow survivors participate challenging adventure in Alaska

3/1/2017 - TAPS Media
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Florida Young Adults Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS young adult survivors bond together in Florida.

2/28/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: When Grief Awakes You

Sleep can be difficult for many survivors after the death of a loved one. Today we will look at a variety of helpful ideas from survivors.

2/24/2017 - Carol Lane
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Colorado Celebrity Classic Event History

The TAPS Colorado Celebrity Classic began in 2006 when Lynne and Bo Cottrell took on the challenge of putting this unique and wonderful event together.

2/24/2017 - Christine Burtt
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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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Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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2/24/2017 - TAPS Media
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Cry to the End of Your Tears

We can't always let ourselves grieve openly and tearfully, but when we can, it's worth it — it's important to cry to the end of your tears.

2/21/2017 - Emily Munoz
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Sedona Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS women survivors participate explore ways to move forward within their new normal in Arizona.

2/19/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Special Places

Snowflakes change ordinary places with their unusual beauty. Thanks to the survivors who sent in those special places they remember this week.

2/18/2017 - Carol Lane
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Jupiter, Florida Fundraiser

Event Photos: Tom and Sharon Chisholm host fundraiser for TAPS.

2/17/2017 - TAPS Media
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5 Ideas to Make it Through Valentine's Day Without Your Love

For many of us who have experienced the loss of a sweetheart, Valentine’s Day and all the related hoopla can be hard.

2/13/2017 - August Cabrera
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Saturday Morning Message: Support from Loved Ones

In today's message, survivors share how loved one's friends have honored their fallen comrades.

2/10/2017 - Carol Lane
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Good Grief Camp Mentor Makes Her Mark

Bad days, thoughts of failure, the stress of coping with loss — it all goes away when I see these kids and the strength they have.

2/6/2017 - Stephanie Webb
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Kilimanjaro Expedition

Event Photos: Adult Survivors participate in rigorous adventure climb at Mount Kilimanjaro.

2/4/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Peer Mentor Reflections

The TAPS Peer Mentor program is a gift for both the mentors and the survivors who become connected.

2/3/2017 - Carol Lane
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Tahoe Siblings Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS sibling survivors participate challenging adventure at Lake Tahoe

2/1/2017 - TAPS Media
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Afghanistan to America - Women Building Bridges and Finding Hope

Women in America and in Afghanistan grieving the death of their loved ones build a bridge between these two worlds through this bracelet project.

1/30/2017 - TAPS Media
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1/29/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Pet Support for Survivors

This week survivors sent their heartwarming responses about how pets have helped them on their individual grief journeys.

1/28/2017 - Carol Lane
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1/27/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Healing While Remembering Our Loved Ones

For many, winter is a time of contemplation about what we have accomplished in the past year and where we are going.

1/20/2017 - Carol Lane
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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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Presidential Inaugural Parade

Event Photos: TAPS survivors participate in the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Parade

1/20/2017 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: A Sense of Accomplishment

I know that my son would want me to live my life to the fullest and do what I love. I have started competing in agility with our dog, Sam!

1/14/2017 - Carol Lane
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Saturday Morning Message: Thoughts on a New Year

Before making resolutions that involve revising our present pattern of behavior or adding something to it, we need to ask if our lives will benefit from it.

1/7/2017 - Carol Lane