Stories for 2019


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'The Transformation': Book offers practical ways to heal after trauma

Dr. James Gordon’s new book is about natural, evidence-based techniques to re-energize our bodies and help cope with grief and trauma.

9/19/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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Point of View: Congress needs to eliminate 'Widow’s Tax'

TAPS Deputy Director of Policy and Legislation explains what the widow's tax is and the importance of passing legislation to fix the issue.

9/16/2019 - Ashlynne Haycock
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How I learned to manage 'ambush moments' by replotting my grief journey

Read how one survivor learned coping techniques to help prepare and deal with those 'ambush moments' when she was overcome by memories of her son.

9/15/2019 - Terri Jones
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Southeast Regional Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida.

9/15/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Volunteer in service to others

What volunteer work have you done that has helped on your grief journey and how was it helpful to you?

9/14/2019 - Carol Lane
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How I learned to take ownership of my grief

Read out how one survivor learned to stand up for herself and find the path that lead to her own personal healing journey.

9/8/2019 - Jennifer Keeling
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Saturday Morning Message: Upcoming Holiday Ideas

What words of encouragement would you offer to someone approaching their first holiday season without their loved one?

9/7/2019 - Carol Lane
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Faith-Focused Programming May Help Suicide Survivors

Dr. Shauna Springer and Dr. Melinda Moore share their thoughts on the important role faith leaders play in the spiritual journey to healing after a loss by suicide.

9/6/2019 - Shauna Springer and Melinda Moore
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Kim Ruocco featured in 'Life After Suicide' book

ABC News correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares the story of how Kim Ruocco, experienced post-traumatic growth after the death of her husband.

9/6/2019 - Jennifer Ashton
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teams4taps Washington Nationals Salute to Service Baseball Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Washington Nationals Salute to Service Baseball Game in Washington, D.C.

9/3/2019 - TAPS Media
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How I learned to confront my despair and rededicate my life

Read how one survivor found a whole new life and way to leave a small mark on the world in her sister's memory.

9/1/2019 - Nicole Langhorst
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Saturday Morning Message: Pet Grief Support

Pets can be comforting. How does your pet help on your grief journey?

8/31/2019 - Carol Lane
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Grief Returns When the Nest Empties

What will I do when the kids leave home and the daily demands of parenting slow down? Surviving parent shares how to cope with what is next.

8/25/2019 - Sarah Greene
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Saturday Morning Message: Ideas for Better Sleep

What helps you sleep when you find yourself restless at night?

8/24/2019 - Carol Lane
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Machu Picchu Expedition

Event Photos: TAPS survivors trek ancient trails in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

8/24/2019 - TAPS Media
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TAPS New England Cruise

Event Photos: Military survivors set sail together in fellowship on a cruise to Cape Liberty, New Jersey to Halifax, and Nova Scotia.

8/23/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Creative Ideas

Creativity helps with our healing and honors our loved ones. What do you do to express yourself creatively?

8/17/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps USA Basketball Game in Anaheim

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the USA Basketball Game in Anaheim, California

8/16/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps USA Basketball Practice in Los Angeles

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the USA Basketball Practice in Los Angeles, California

8/15/2019 - TAPS Media
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Video: Building your Circle of Support after a Loss

This video recording of the webinar discusses how to help you get the most out of relationships that can comfort and uplift you during your grief journey.

8/13/2019 - TAPS
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teams4taps The Northern Trust with the PGA and CBS Sports

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the The Northern Trust with the PGA and CBS Sports in Jersey City, New Jersey

8/11/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Special Places

Is there a place you and your loved one went that is special just for the two of you?

8/10/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps USA Basketball Practice and Game in Las Vegas

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the USA Basketball Practice and Game in Las Vegas, Nevada

8/9/2019 - TAPS Media
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The economic benefits of social responsibility

PAE Chief Executive Officer John Heller and TAPS President and Founder Bonnie Carroll share the value gained in serving military connected communities.

8/7/2019 - John Heller and Bonnie Carroll
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Women’s Empowerment Retreats Help You Dig Deep, Make Friends and Press Onward

TAPS understands the ripple effects of loss — how grief weaves itself into every part of what we know and who we are.

8/6/2019 - Emily Munoz and Erin Jacobson
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Midwest Regional Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship in Cleveland, Ohio.

8/4/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Baltimore Orioles Sunday Suite Program

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Baltimore Orioles Sunday Suite Program in Baltimore, Maryland.

8/4/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Atlanta Falcons Military Appreciation Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Atlanta Falcons Military Appreciation Training Camp in Atlanta, Georgia

8/4/2019 - TAPS Media
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Postvention and Posttraumatic Growth

TAPS helps survivors find a stable, healthy path to healing, allowing them to establish a new life after loss—a concept referred to as posttraumatic growth.

8/3/2019 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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Saturday Morning Message: Living A Life With Honor

What are you doing to honor your loved one’s service while learning to live a life without his/her physical presence?

8/3/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Atlanta United Military Appreciation Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Atlanta United Military Appreciation Game in Atlanta, Georiga.

8/3/2019 - TAPS Media
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Grief and Sleep

Your sleep is important to your healing, not only physically but emotionally too. Learn 7 tips to cope with insomnia after loss.

8/2/2019 - Heather Stang
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teams4taps New England Patriots Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the New England Patriots Training Camp in Foxborough, Massachusetts

8/2/2019 - TAPS Media
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Toxic Exposure: Raising Awareness – Providing Hope

TAPS is leading the way in curating a library of legislation, medical studies, media and research relevant to the issue of toxic exposure in the military.

8/1/2019 - TAPS
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Peer Mentor Program

Being heard, understood, and having a sense of community is at the heart of TAPS and is the mission focus of the TAPS Peer Mentor program.

7/31/2019 - Claire Hunter
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teams4taps Detroit Lions Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Detroit Lions Training Camp in Dearborn, Michigan

7/31/2019 - TAPS Media
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Success in Every Aspect of Life

TAPS curriculum for young adults helps develop practical life skills and strives to help each survivor create a well-rounded life full of hope, healing and growth.

7/30/2019 - Renée Monczynski
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Found My NICHe

Participating in the Marine Corps Marathon with Team TAPS is one way this widow helps keep her husband's memory alive.

7/29/2019 - Emily Dieruf Chambers
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San Juan Islands Kayaking Expedition

Event Photos: TAPS military survivors enjoy tranquil beaches, catch glimpses of marine animals and birds while kayaking Washington's Coast.

7/29/2019 - TAPS Media
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Anniversary Blues

The date is engraved on my heart. It seems so wrong; anniversaries should be for celebrating a joyous occasion, not for acknowledging a death.

7/28/2019 - Betsy Beard
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TAPS at U.S. Space and Rocket Center Space Camp

Event Photos: Surviving military children ages 11 to 14 participated in the Pathfinder Program at U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

7/28/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Uplifting Our Spirits

What do you do to uplift your spirits when you find yourself feeling gloomy?

7/27/2019 - Carol Lane
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Pocono Mountains Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Pinebrook Retreat Center.

7/27/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Washington Nationals Salute to Service Baseball Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Washington Nationals Salute to Service Baseball Game in Washington, D.C.

7/27/2019 - TAPS Media
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Putting the Closure on the Use of the Word "Closure" in Grief

To heal in grief is to become whole again, to integrate your grief into yourself and to learn to continue your changed life with fullness and meaning.

7/26/2019 - Alan Wolfelt
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TAPS College Experience

Event Photos: TAPS surviving children meet with experts in the areas of higher education in Washington D.C.

7/26/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Detroit Lions Inspiring Change Partner Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Detroit Lions Inspiring Change Partner Training Camp in Dearborn, Michigan.

7/26/2019 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Summer 2019

Volume 25, Issue 2

7/25/2019 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Veteran climbs Denali to raise money for TAPS

Veteran overcomes eight days of brutal winds, near-zero visibility and frigid temperatures over potentially lethal terrain to raise $10,600 for TAPS.

7/22/2019 - Kerry McGinley
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TAPS Las Vegas Survivor Experience

Event Photos: Robert Irvine Foundation partners with TAPS to give TAPS survivors a VIP experience in the City of Lights.

7/21/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Meaningful Objects

Do you have a personal object that really speaks to your heart?

7/20/2019 - Carol Lane
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Western Regional Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship in City of Industry, California.

7/14/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Objects that Help Heal

Do you have a personal object that really speaks to your heart?

7/13/2019 - Carol Lane
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Saluting our Fallen Heroes Nashville Songwriters Show & Dinner Celebrates 25 Years of TAPS

Nashville songwriters Danny Wells, Billy Montana, Keni Thomas and Jimmy Nichols entertained TAPS supporters at a benefit for TAPS on June 15.

7/11/2019 - Christine Burtt
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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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teams4taps Major League Baseball All-Star Clinic with TAPS Kids

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Major League Baseball All-Star Clinic with TAPS Kids.

7/8/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Summer Memories

What is your favorite summer memory or vacation with your loved one?

7/6/2019 - Carol Lane
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Southern California Good Grief Campout

Event Photos: Surviving military children ages 6 to 17 build resiliency and companionship in Julian, California.

7/1/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: 4th of July Ideas

What would you like to do for the 4th of July this year?

6/29/2019 - Carol Lane
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A widow’s transformational trip

A grieving spouse shares how her trip to Ireland helped transform her from a widow caring for her family back to a woman with plans and dreams again.

6/23/2019 - Carole Hilton
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Saturday Morning Message: Your Gifts to Share

What are your gifts and how can you share them to ease someone’s pain?

6/22/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Kansas City Royals Baseball Game with Ian Kennedy

Event Photos: TAPS families attended the Kansas City Royals baseball game

6/22/2019 - TAPS Media
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Blue Ridge Mountains Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Boone, North Carolina.

6/21/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps NBA Draft

Event Photos: TAPS Military Survivors attended NBA Draft in Brooklyn, New York

6/20/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Washington Nationals Salute to Service Baseball Game

Event Photos: TAPS Family attended Washington Nationals Salute to Service baseball game in Washington D.C.

6/19/2019 - TAPS Media
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Teen Kayaking Adventure with Outward Bound Adventure

Event Photos: TAPS surviving teens go on a sea kayaking adventure and build lasting relationships with their peers.

6/16/2019 - TAPS Media
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Yosemite Men's Expedition

Event Photos: TAPS surviving men honor their loved ones and connect with other men who understand in Yosemite Valley, California.

6/16/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Attending funerals after loss of a loved one, Part 2

Have you had difficulty going to a funeral or memorial service since the death of your loved one?

6/15/2019 - Carol Lane
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Survivors and supporters ‘Rally to Prevent Suicide’ on Capitol Hill

TAPS survivors, staff, and volunteers joined a rally at the U.S. Capitol this week focused on suicide prevention.

6/14/2019 - Matt Mabe
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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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teams4taps Chicago Bears Practice

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended Chicago Bears Practice.

6/11/2019 - TAPS Media
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Prevent Suicide Rally on the Steps of Capitol Hill

Event Photos: TAPS survivors, staff, and volunteers joined a rally at the U.S. Capitol this week focused on suicide prevention on the Steps of Capitol Hill.

6/11/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Attending Funerals After Loss of a Loved One

Have you had difficulty going to a funeral or memorial service since the death of your loved one?

6/8/2019 - Carol Lane
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'Yoga was my survival raft'

Surviving widow and yoga enthusiast Rayanne Hunter shares how yoga gave her that extra boost of strength to get through everything.

6/7/2019 - Rayanne Hunter
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D-Day, my dad, citizens serving the nation

Spirit of America shares with TAPS in awe of the courage, sacrifice and service of those who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago.

6/6/2019 - Jim Hake
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Saturday Morning Message: The things they leave behind

What do you keep around that reminds you of your loved one?

6/1/2019 - Carol Lane
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Team TAPS Armed Forces Cycling Classic

Event Photos: Team TAPS participate in a race weekend of fun for the whole family, including Kids races, and a cycling expo.

6/1/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Detroit Lions Football Practice

Event Photos: TAPS families attended the Detroit Lions Football Practice in Allen Park, Michigan

5/28/2019 - TAPS Media
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Memorial Day brings a mix of emotions

For one surviving widow and her two boys, this day is now etched into their minds and brings with it sorrow and tears, but also pride in remembrance.

5/27/2019 - Rachael Hill
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teams4taps Houston Astros Memorial Day Baseball Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attended the Houston Astros baseball game in Houston on Memorial Day

5/27/2019 - TAPS Media
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Video: Thinking of You

Share in the love sent to our TAPS Families this Memorial Day weekend.

5/26/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Memorial Day Remembrances

Today we look we share responses from the TAPS archives about how survivors honor those who gave their lives in military service to our country.

5/25/2019 - Carol Lane
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'My brother brought us together’

Director of TAPS Survivor Services shares how she met her future husband at the National Military Survivor Seminar.

5/25/2019 - Deb Lucey
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Washington Top News Radio - Interview with Bonnie Carroll and General Martin Dempsey

Bonnie Carroll and General Martin Dempsey share about the 25th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp in Arlington, Virginia.

5/25/2019 - WTOP Radio
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25th National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, May 23-27, 2019

5/23/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Reactions to TAPS Seminar or Retreat

What TAPS seminar or retreat have you attended and what did you like best about it?

5/18/2019 - Carol Lane
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Create a lasting visual legacy with the Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project invites survivors to share their loved one’s story and preserve their legacy.

5/18/2019 - Kerry Ward
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A Mother Finds Healing at Empowerment Retreat

A surviving military mother working through her grief shares 8 lessons learned while attending the women's empowerment retreat in Sedona, Arizona.

5/12/2019 - Belinda Barron
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Saturday Morning Message: Feeling close to our loved ones across time and space

What is a time or place that you feel close to your loved one?

5/11/2019 - Carol Lane
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Stars4TAPS Actress Toni Trucks at TAPS Headquarters

Event Photos: Actress Toni Trucks visits TAPS Headquarters

5/10/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Saturday Morning Message: When We Feel Overwhelmed

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number or scope of rituals honoring your loved one?

5/4/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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Solitude or Social Support in Grief? Why We Need Both

Acknowledging and embracing these necessary contradictions is part of our work of mourning. It’s a question of balance and back-and-forth.

5/2/2019 - Alan Wolfelt
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Putting on My Oxygen Mask

Like the airline safety briefings, you have to take care of yourself - put on your oxygen mask first - in order to be a solid source of support to another.

5/2/2019 - Don Lipstein
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TAPS at the NFL Pro Bowl

teams4taps offers opportunities, such as the NFL Pro Bowl, to create new memories while honoring your loved one.

5/2/2019 - Christina Romero
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The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life

The Group attests to the healing potential of shared grief. The fathers each benefited by sharing their stories and hearing those of their peers.

5/2/2019 - Michael Brezenski
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Blooms of Hope: Finding Strength Amid Devastation

Grief can leave us twisted, out-of-sorts and uprooted. In the early days, we struggle to survive, so we certainly can’t comprehend 'blooming' ever again.

5/2/2019 - Ellen Andrews
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Video: Visiting Mom #FamiliesNeverForget

Families never forget and neither do we. Show our military families that they are not alone.

5/1/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Helpful Books on Grief

Do you have a book you would like to share that has helped you in your grief?

4/27/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps NFL Draft

Event Photos: TAPS Military Survivors attended NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee

4/26/2019 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2019

Volume 25, Issue 1

4/26/2019 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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TAPS Togethers

Event Photos: 2019 TAPS Togethers

4/25/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Houston Men's Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving men honor their loved ones and connect with other men who understand in Houston, Texas.

4/24/2019 - TAPS Media
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Men’s Retreat: Gather for conversation, community building and camaraderie

The Men's Retreat program incorporates physical and emotional movement, time for conversation and reflection, and unique travel experiences.

4/24/2019 - Gabriel Rao
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Sedona Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Sedona, Arizona.

4/22/2019 - TAPS Media
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Programs for Young Adult Survivors Expand in 2019

TAPS Young Adult program goals are to set up our young adult survivors for success in every aspect of life—career, work-life balance and service.

4/21/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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Saturday Morning Message: Honoring Our Loved Ones

What are you doing to honor your loved one?

4/20/2019 - Carol Lane
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Professional — and personal — grief education at conference

TAPS staff attended the annual conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in Atlanta to hear from experts in the field of Thanatology.

4/20/2019 - Karissa Kelley
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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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Charlotte Siblings Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving siblings come together in a challenging adventure in Charlotte, North Carolina.

4/14/2019 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Legacy Mentors New York City Experience

Event Photos: Graduates of TAPS Youth Programs traveled to New York City for a four-day intensive professional development program.

4/14/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: What do your dreams mean?

Has a loved one come to you in a dream? How did it make you feel? What was remarkable about it?

4/13/2019 - Carol Lane
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Video: Southern Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Bereaved military families gathered at TAPS Southern Regional Seminar and Good Grief Camp March 15-17 at Fort Hood.

4/12/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Well-Informed Support for Survivors of Trauma

With evidence-based information, organizations can help trauma survivors to establish a healthy grief journey.

4/11/2019 - Shauna Springer
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Ongoing Support for Survivors of Trauma

In part 4 of this 5 part series, we recognize post-traumatic growth is a product of comprehensive, responsive, ongoing support.

4/10/2019 - Shauna Springer
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Comprehensive Support for Survivors of Trauma

In part 3 of this 5 part series, we will look at how support must be comprehensive in order to be effective for preventing suicide.

4/9/2019 - Shauna Springer
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Proactive Support for Survivors of Trauma

How the members of a family or community come together in response to a death by suicide is critical for long-term recovery, healing and health.

4/8/2019 - Shauna Springer
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Strategies for Good Sleep

Have your sleep patterns changed since your loss, and what strategies do you find helpful on sleepless nights?

4/6/2019 - Carol Lane
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Storytelling through film can help survivors of suicide

Storytelling can be a healing form of expression around one’s grief. A small group of veterans created a powerful film that tells a story around a suicide loss.

4/2/2019 - Matt Mabe
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teams4taps Brooklyn Nets Ref Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Brooklyn Nets Ref Game in Brooklyn, New York

4/1/2019 - TAPS Media
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Mountain Regional Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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

3/31/2019 - TAPS Media
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Coastal Carolina Coastal Carolina Kayaking Expedition

TAPS military survivors paddle South Carolina’s unique ecosystems along the Barrier Islands in South Carolina.

3/31/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Self-Care Strategies

What self-care strategies have you found beneficial?

3/30/2019 - Carol Lane
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Young Adults build resilience and strength

Single parent, veteran and survivor shares what she’s learned with those who are navigating the often emotional transition from childhood to adulthood.

3/30/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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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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Volunteers are invaluable

The need for volunteers at TAPS is increasing as the number of survivors seeking comfort and care increases, and programming grows to support them

3/24/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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Saturday Morning Message: Dealing With A Sudden Change

How has a sudden change in your journey impacted the progress you have made with your healing?

3/23/2019 - Carol Lane
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Run to support the TAPS mission

This spring, we’re excited to start training for the fall race season as we continue to make every mile memory in honor of our loved ones.

3/22/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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teams4taps San Antonio Spurs Military Appreciation Night

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended Military Appreciation Night in San Antonio, Texas.

3/20/2019 - TAPS Media
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Southern Regional Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship at Fort Hood, Texas.

3/17/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: How do you share or show your grief in public?

Have you ever felt as though you had to put your own grief aside in order to conform to others' expectations of you at an event honoring your loved one?

3/16/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Orlando Magic Basketball Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Orlando Magic Basketball Game in Orlando, Florida on March 14, 2019.

3/14/2019 - TAPS Media
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Kilimanjaro Expedition

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

3/12/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Memories, Big and Small

Describe one thing that will tell us about your loved one. It can be a serious or a funny detail.

3/9/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps University of Kentucky Salute to TAPS Family

Event Photos: TAPS Family attended University of Kentucky basketball game in Lexington, Kentucky.

3/9/2019 - TAPS Media
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Community, Camaraderie and Compassion on the International soccer stage

TAPS families and Military Mentors attended and participated in special events at three tournament locations, in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Florida.

3/8/2019 - Alex Meyers
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Video: We Are TAPS

Our new TAPS video premiered at the 2019 TAPS Honor Guard Gala honoring 25 years of caring for the families of America's fallen heroes.

3/6/2019 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Honor Guard Gala

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

3/6/2019 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Honor Guard Gala Luncheon

Event Photos: TAPS luncheon held at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

3/6/2019 - TAPS Media
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Video: Gala Highlights 2019

Highlight Video of the 2019 TAPS Honor Guard Gala, held on March 6 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

3/6/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps SheBelieves Cup

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the SheBelieves Cup in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Florida

3/5/2019 - TAPS Media
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Marine vet recognized as 2019 Military Mentor of the Year

TAPS proudly recognizes Kevin Penn as the TAPS Military Mentor of the Year for his outstanding work on behalf of surviving children of fallen service members.

3/3/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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Saturday Morning Message: The Difference TAPS Has Made

How is your life different because you have been able to connect with others through TAPS?

3/2/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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Just Breathe

A growing body of research is showing that controlled breathing has been shown to reduce stress and improve overall physical and mental health.

2/27/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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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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Mental Health in the Movies and Media: Continuing the Discussion on Suicide

When suicide is addressed in films, we wonder, “why this happened”. Awareness about risk factors and warning signs help us recognize someone struggling.

2/24/2019 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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Saturday Morning Message: Survivor Tips For Tough Times

What is something you use as a tool to help you when grief gets tough?

2/23/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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Tom and Sharon Chisholm Fundraiser

Event Photos: TAPS fundraiser held in Jupiter, Florida by hosts Tom and Sharon Chisholm

2/21/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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TAPS Togethers and Team TAPS at the Great Aloha Run

Event Photos: TAPS survivors walk 8.1 miles together at the Great Aloha Run.

2/18/2019 - TAPS Media
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Practice Random Acts of Kindness This Week — for Your Health!

Increase your happiness by going out of your way to do something kind and unexpected for someone else.

2/17/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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Saturday Morning Message: The Compassion of TAPS Mentors

How has your TAPS mentor made an impact on your life or those in your family?

2/16/2019 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps NASCAR Trucks with Spencer Boyd

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended NASCAR Trucks with Spencer Boyd in Atlanta, Georgia

2/16/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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teams4taps NBA All-Star Military Weekend

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the NBA All-Star Military Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina

2/15/2019 - TAPS Media
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Surviving family creates bucket list for sick dog

Survivors Crystal and her son Max fostered a sick little puppy named Earl who stole their heart, and the hearts of 4 million viewers.

2/14/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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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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Stars4TAPS at Phantom of the Opera

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Phantom of the Opera in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2/14/2019 - TAPS Media
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Austin Surviving Moms Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving mothers explore Austin, create new bonds and celebrate their fallen heroes.

2/10/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Comforting Suggestions from Survivors

What was something comforting someone did for you after the death of your loved one?

2/9/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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teams4taps Washington Capitals Military Appreciation Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Capitals Military Appreciation Game in Washington, D.C.

2/7/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Williams visits TAPS Headquarters

Event Photos: Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Williams visit at TAPS Headquarters

2/4/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Saturday Morning Message: Personalized Memorials Express Your Special Relationship

What do you do as a yearly memorial for your loved one?

2/2/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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Video: TAPS Families at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl

TAPS surviving military families share their incredible moments at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl weekend held in Orlando Florida on January 24 to 28.

1/29/2019 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS teams with Flags of Valor and NFL at the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl

TAPS teams up with the NFL and Flags of Valor to give surviving military families attending the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl a special surprise.

1/29/2019 - TAPS Media
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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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Sedona Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Sedona, Arizona.

1/27/2019 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps NFL Pro Bowl

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the NFL Pro Bowl Military Weekend in Orlando, Florida.

1/27/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Making a Difference With TAPS Events

What is the best thing about a TAPS seminar, retreat or other event?

1/26/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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TAPS International Trip to Ukraine

Event Photos: TAPS International visit military survivors in the Ukraine.

1/20/2019 - TAPS Media
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Florida Surviving Spouses and Surviving Significant Others Weekend Retreat

Event Photos: Military survivors create new bonds and celebrate their fallen hero in Jacksonville.

1/20/2019 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Places That Touch Our Hearts

Are there places you used to go that you now avoid after the death of your loved one?

1/19/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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Books to Get You Moving in 2019

Check out these books that can help you make better choices for your health and wellness journey this new year.

1/16/2019 - Emily Munoz
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Holding a Safe Space for Men

TAPS Men's Programs provide opportunities for surviving men to connect with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one who served.

1/15/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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Saturday Morning Message: Places That Touch Our Hearts

Are there places you used to go that you now avoid after the death of your loved one?

1/12/2019 - Carol Lane
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Vision Board: Creating a Life You Envision

January 12 is National Vision Board Day—as good a day as any to start creating the life you want to see for yourself.

1/12/2019 - Erin Jacobson
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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 Care Groups: Finding Comfort Together

TAPS has doubled the number of Care Groups with the support of Peer Mentors in communities across the country.

1/9/2019 - Lalaine Estella
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Saturday Morning Message: Take Good Care

What have you done recently or what do you plan to do to take care of yourself?

1/5/2019 - Carol Lane
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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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TAPS Western Caribbean Cruise

Event Photos: Survivors set sail together in fellowship on a cruise to the Caribbean.

1/3/2019 - TAPS Media
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New Beginnings in the Winter Stillness

Imagine what your life could be like now, in the best possible scenario. What would it be like to dare to dream of something new?

1/1/2019 - Erin Jacobson