Contributions for 2023


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A Toast to the Ones We Lost

This New Year's Eve, we remember those we have lost and try to live with a faith that only their death could bring out of us: newfound hope and optimism.

12/31/2023 - Sonia Rai
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Video: TAPS Kids Create Decorations for White House Christmas Trees

TAPS children are proud to honor their fallen military hero for this year's White House Christmas trees.

12/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Becoming Someone’s Why

Close to 100 military and veteran surviving family members, representing 25 states, walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol in late September.

12/20/2023 - TAPS
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Godwinks: We Know

Surviving father and poet shares a Godwinks poem in remembrance and honor of his son.

12/16/2023 - Scott Pleasants
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TAPS Togethers: Wreaths Across America

Event Photos: TAPS Families meet-up with TAPS Togethers for Wreath Laying events around the U.S.A. in December.

12/16/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and USA Swimming

Event Photos: Torri Huske, member of the USA Swimming National Team meets with families of the fallen with teams4taps.

12/14/2023 - TAPS Media
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5 Ways TAPS Supports Military and Veteran Survivors

Since 1994, TAPS continues to honor the fallen and comfort and empower their survivors through a unique combination of services.

12/13/2023 - TAPS
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Video: Moving through the Holidays, Breath & Somatic Techniques for Mind / Body Wellness

Watch this webinar video to learn movements, behaviors, and postures to help us reduce the stresses that manifest in our bodies during the holidays.

12/12/2023 - Emily Munoz
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The Art of Cherishing

"Cherishing" is the practice of intentionally honoring and holding dear someone who has died and is an essential part of mourning "well."

12/10/2023 - Alan Wolfelt
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teams4taps at the Army Navy Football Game

Event Photos: TAPS teams4taps at the Army Navy Football Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

12/9/2023 - TAPS Media
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Klinger's Korner: A Season for Presence

For bereaved parents, get ideas to help make the holiday season still meaningful for you and your children.

12/6/2023 - Andy McNiel
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Video: What Bereaved Kids Want You to Know: Adults Reflect Back on Their Childhood Bereavement, Part 2

Part 2 of video recording with adults who were bereaved as children or teenagers to provide insight in what grief was like during childhood and adolescence.

12/5/2023 - Andy McNiel
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When You Really Don’t Feel Like Celebrating Facing Holidays and Special Occasions in Grief

Most of us face special days in grief with a goal to simply get through them with a minimal number of scars. Get tips to make this a positive time instead.

12/3/2023 - William Hoy
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter December 2023

This holiday season, we remember your loved one and hold you close in our heart. Your TAPS Family gets it. You are not alone.

12/3/2023 - TAPS Media
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Life Will Be Different, But It Can Still Be Good

A surviving spouse shares life's twists and turns since the death of her husband and how she found ways to embrace the different that could still be good.

12/1/2023 - Heather Gray Blalock
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Video: Flip the Script on Children's Grief

TAPS wants to flip the script on childhood grief and dispel the myth: out of sight, out of mind. Engage with grieving children so they do not grieve alone.

11/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the NHL Referee Experience at Tampa Bay Lightning Game

Event Photos: The NHL Referees host TAPS teams4taps families at the Tampa Bay Lightning Game.

11/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter: A Legacy of Care

TAPS recognizes Rosalynn Carter's work as a champion for caring for caregivers nationwide. TAPS remains committed to carry her compassion onward.

11/29/2023 - Kristi Stolzenberg
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teams4taps and the Orlando Magic Hoops for Troops

Event Photos: The Orlando Magic host TAPS teams4taps families for Hoops for Troops.

11/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: A Holiday Message to our TAPS Family

This holiday season, we remember your loved one and hold you close in our heart. Your TAPS Family gets it, we understand that these are difficult days.

11/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Winter 2023

Volume 29, Issue 4

11/27/2023 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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teams4taps and the Cleveland Cavaliers

Event Photos: The Cleveland Cavaliers host TAPS teams4taps families.

11/26/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Handling the Holidays: Helping Yourself and Others Face Holidays in Grief

Video recording discussion for guidance on how to work with family over disagreements about celebrations during holiday season.

11/21/2023 - William Hoy
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Video: Embracing Your Vulnerability During the Holidays

This video with Dr. Alan Wolfelt explores the important topic of allowing yourself to be vulnerable during the holiday season.

11/20/2023 - Alan Wolfelt
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Veteran’s Golf Classic Hosted by Land of the Free Foundation

Event Photos: The 2023 Veteran’s Golf Classic honored TAPS as the prominent non-profit sponsored by the Land of the Free Foundation.

11/20/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Togethers: Friendsgiving

Event Photos: Families meet-up with TAPS Togethers for Friendsgiving events around the U.S.A. in November.

11/20/2023 - TAPS Media
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Ways to Help Grieving Children During the Holidays

For children grappling with the loss of a loved one, the holiday season brings a mix of emotions. Here are some tips to find moments of joy amidst the grief.

11/19/2023 - TAPS - Andy McNiel
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teams4taps and the Washington Commanders Salute to Service

Event Photos: Survivors attend the NFL Salute to Service event with the Washington Commanders practice and game in Washington, D.C.

11/19/2023 - TAPS Media
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Tips for Getting Through the Holidays

TAPS would like to offer the following tips to help those who are grieving the death of a loved one this holiday season.

11/18/2023 - TAPS
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teams4taps and the San Francisco 49ers Salute to Service

Event Photos: Survivors attend the NFL Salute to Service event with the San Francisco 49ers practice and game in San Francisco, California.

11/18/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Detroit Lions Salute to Service

Event Photos: Survivors attend a Detroit Lions training event in Allen Park, Michigan.

11/18/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Thanks Gillette and the NFL for their Support

TAPS thanks GilletteLabs through this NFL Salute to Service Initiative for supporting and spotlighting our Military Mentors teaching surviving sons to shave.

11/17/2023 - TAPS Media
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Children’s Grief Awareness: TAPS Support and Resources

November 16 - 22, 2023 is Children's Grief Awareness Week. TAPS recognizes this time in support of our bereaved children, teenagers, and families.

11/16/2023 - Andy McNiel
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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is on Saturday, November 18, 2023 and is intended to be a day of healing throughout the world.

11/16/2023 - Carla Stumpf Patton
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TAPS Togethers: Dollywood

Event Photos: Humana hosts TAPS Togethers and TAPS families at the Honor and Remember event at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

11/15/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Portland Trail Blazers

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Portland Trail Blazers basketball game with teams4taps in Portland, Oregon.

11/15/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: What Bereaved Kids Want You to Know: Adults Reflect Back on Their Childhood Bereavement

Video recording discussion with adults who were bereaved as children or teenagers to provide insight in what grief was like during childhood and adolescence.

11/13/2023 - Andy McNiel
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Austin Parents Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving parents connect with other surviving parents, create lifelong friendships and honor their children in Austin, Texas

11/12/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Liverpool Football Club Remembrance Day

Event Photos: TAPS families honor their heroes in Liverpool, England during Remembrance Day events with teams4taps.

11/11/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Golden State Warriors

Event Photos: Survivors attend the NBA Hoops for Troops with the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, California.

11/11/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Dallas Cowboys Salute to Service

Event Photos: TAPS teams4taps and the Dallas Cowboys host TAPS families for Salute to Service.

11/11/2023 - TAPS Media
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Very Important Document

The family of a Soldier share his letter home (both in English and Spanish) in hope that his’s words will bring comfort to other surviving families.

11/10/2023 - Diego Rincon - Kristi Stolzenberg - Ideliz Mora-Cruz
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teams4taps and the Los Angeles Chargers NFL Salute to Service

Event Photos: Survivors attend the NFL Salute to Service event with the Los Angeles Chargers in Los Angeles, California.

11/10/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Sacramento Kings

Event Photos: Survivors attend the NBA Referee Experience with Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, California.

11/10/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the NBA Referee Experience at Dallas Mavericks Game

Event Photos: The NBA Referee Experience host TAPS teams4taps families at the Dallas Mavericks Game.

11/10/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Charlotte Hornets Basketball Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Charlotte Hornets basketball game with teams4taps.

11/8/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and Brooklyn Nets Professional Basketball Team

Event Photos: Families of the fallen meet and practice with the Brooklyn Nets Professional Basketball Team with teams4taps.

11/7/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Ravens' Youth Football and Military Combine

Event Photos: TAPS Survivors attend Ravens' Youth Football and Military Combine sponsored by GEHA with teams4taps in Annapolis, Maryland.

11/6/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Baltimore Ravens Seats for Service

Event Photos: TAPS Survivors participate in a sideline experience at the Baltimore Ravens Seats for Service with teams4taps.

11/5/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps New England Patriots Salute to Service Weekend

Event Photos: Families of the Fallen participate in the New England Patriots Salute to Service Weekend with teams4taps.

11/5/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the New Orleans Saints Salute to Service

Event Photos: TAPS teams4taps and the New Orleans Saints host TAPS families for Salute to Service.

11/4/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter November 2023

Make plans to share a slice of pie and some quality time with fellow survivors near you at a TAPS Friendsgiving this November.

11/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Philadelphia Eagles Movie Night

Event Photos: Survivors meet with players and cheer leaders before the Philadelphia Eagles Movie Night with teams4taps.

11/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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Klinger's Korner: Controlling What You Can - Attitude

Grief is not something that children or teenagers can easily plan for or control. Discover how to help your children become aware of things they can control.

11/1/2023 - Andy McNiel
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Saluting Service and Sacrifice: Gillette, NFL Team Up for TAPS

Show your support for TAPS, Gillette and Walmart. Next time you stop by your local Walmart, snap a selfie with Brian, Dom, and the Camo Razor display.

11/1/2023 - Kristi Stolzenberg
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You’re Not Crazy — You’re Grieving — Part Two

This is the second of a six-part article series to serve as a reminder that crazy is normal when grieving. It is adapted from Dr. Wolfelt's new book.

10/30/2023 - Alan Wolfelt
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Team TAPS Marine Corps Marathon

Event Photos: Team TAPS runs the 48th Annual Marine Corps Marathon

10/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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Western Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together in fellowship in Long Beach, California.

10/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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Sedona Women's Empowerment Retreat

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

10/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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Spend Friendsgiving with Your TAPS Family

This November, find a Friendsgiving event near you. Gather with your TAPS family to remember the love, celebrate the life, and share the journey.

10/28/2023 - Betty Medlock
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teams4taps and NHL Referees at Washington Capitals Game

Event Photos: Survivors meet with NHL Referees prior to the Washington Capitals Game in Washington, D.C.

10/27/2023 - TAPS Media
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Lasting Wish, Lasting Gift

A Master Sergeant's final three wishes become his gift to his family, his community, and even his battle buddies at the 113th.

10/24/2023 - Kristi Stolzenberg
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Video: Managing the Difficult Emotions of Anger, Guilt, and Sorrow after Loss

Video recording discussing these difficult emotions and ideas for addressing each of these experiences or supporting those walking this difficult road.

10/24/2023 - Andy McNiel
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Godwinks: To The Stars

TAPS Military Liaison shares her Godwink story, signs from her battle buddy, during her 10,000 mile journey briefing the military about TAPS.

10/19/2023 - Davina French
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Bocce, Good Food, and Bright Futures

The Michael C. Cerullo Memorial Veteran Scholarship is awarded to a TAPS survivor on the road to culinary greatness. The annual bocce tournament funds it.

10/10/2023 - Kristi Stolzenberg
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Video: The Healing Power of Nature

Video recording presenting ways to embrace the natural cycles of change using meaningful rituals and ceremonies that boost our well-being.

10/10/2023 - Jason Stout
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National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Suicide survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts.

10/9/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Atlanta Falcons Gallagher Hero of the Game

Event Photos: TAPS families are honored at the Atlanta Falcons Gallagher Hero of the Game with teams4taps.

10/8/2023 - TAPS Media
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Team TAPS Army Ten Miler

Event Photos: Team TAPS participate in the Army Ten Miler

10/8/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Atlanta United Military Appreciation Match

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Atlanta United Military Appreciation Match with teams4taps.

10/7/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Fall 2023

Volume 29, Issue 3

10/6/2023 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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teams4taps Racing Louisville Football Club Practice and Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attend a Racing Louisville Football Club’s practice and game with teams4taps.

10/6/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Togethers: Survivor Appreciation Day

Event Photos: Survivors come together during Survivor Appreciation Day at Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Missouri.

10/3/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter October 2023

TAPS recognizes 29 years of serving survivors. You bravely share your grief journey with fellow survivors. You honor your hero by being their living legacy.

10/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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Honoring an American Hero at America’s Ballpark

TAPS connects surviving military family members with teams, leagues, athletes, and organizations to honor the service and sacrifice of their fallen hero.

10/1/2023 - Grace Polk
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teams4taps NFL United Kingdom Experience

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the United Kingdom Experience sponsored by the NFL with teams4taps in London, England.

10/1/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Senior Advisor Honored for Ongoing Efforts in the Military, Veteran, Caregiver, and Survivor Communities

Dr. Lynda Davis was awarded the prestigious 2023 MG Alan B. Salisbury Salute to Service Award for Board Impact.

9/29/2023 - Kristi Stolzenberg - TAPS
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TAPS Gold Star Families Advocacy Week and Reception

Event Photos: Surviving spouse advocate to end the remarriage penalty and increase the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) at Capitol Hill.

9/27/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Grieving a Military Suicide Loss - Prevention through the Eyes of Survivors of Loss

Video recording of webinar to discuss perspectives from Suicide Loss Survivors about their bereavement experience.

9/26/2023 - Carla Stumpf Patton
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TAPS Young Adults Midwest Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Young Adults promote care, peer connection and personal well-being in Chicago, Illinois.

9/24/2023 - TAPS Media
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Great Smoky Mountains Parents Fishing Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving parents explore the wilderness of our earth and of our grief alongside fellow surviving parents.

9/24/2023 - TAPS Media
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10 Things We Know to Be True about Suicide Loss

Losing someone you love to suicide comes with complex grief. You may ask yourself why or what if or even wrestle with guilt. You are not alone.

9/22/2023 - TAPS
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teams4taps and the Washington Nationals Families of Valor Game

Event Photos: Survivors attend the TAPS teams4taps event with the Washington Nationals Families of Valor Game in Washington, D.C.

9/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: 10 Things We Know About Suicide Loss, Postvention, and Prevention

Video recording of webinar to shed light on truths around suicide loss and the deep healing that arises from our shared understanding.

9/18/2023 - Carla Stumpf Patton
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Southern Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in San Antonio, Texas.

9/17/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Togethers: Rocky Mountain National Park Fishing Day

Event Photos: Survivors share time in the great outdoors with fellow survivors fly fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado.

9/16/2023 - TAPS Media
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Hope and Healing After Homicide Loss

A surviving sibling reflects on the complicated issues of losing a loved one to homicide and how TAPS events has helped with her healing.

9/15/2023 - Mara Melendez-Bandy
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A Godwink in Denver

An active-duty military member receives a special Godwink which leads him to volunteer as a Military Mentor with TAPS.

9/15/2023 - Robert Bisterfeldt
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Voices of the Love Lives On Act of 2023

TAPS is working hard to help pass a comprehensive remarriage bill. Read personal testimonials by survivors to understand why this is important.

9/14/2023 - TAPS
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teams4taps Atlanta United Video Shoot

Event Photos: TAPS families attend an Atlanta United Video Shoot with teams4taps.

9/12/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Colorado Celebrity Classic

Event Photos: Fundraiser with world-class entertainment by Pam Tillis, Franki Moscato, Gary Morris, Frank Myers, Jimmy Nichols and more.

9/9/2023 - TAPS Media
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Layers of Grief After Suicide Loss

A surviving mother reflects on the complicated layers of grief, of all the emotions and unanswered questions one experiences after losing a loved one to suicide.

9/8/2023 - Cheryl Fischer
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16th Annual TAPS Golf Outing hosted by Parsons

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

9/7/2023 - TAPS Media
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The Heroes Journey: Telling My Story

Read an excerpt of Alexis' powerful story of suicide loss that she shared at The Heroes Journey storytelling workshop.

9/5/2023 - Alexis Saizon-Cowley
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Finding Meaning After Loss

Author and surviving spouse shares what she has learned about grief and herself in life after loss. She now mentors to others new to loss.

9/1/2023 - Michelle Collins
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Video: Suicide Postvention is Prevention

There are unique concerns around suicide loss that can be different than other causes of death. Quality postvention care makes a difference.

9/1/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter September 2023

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. TAPS remembers military and veterans who died by suicide and share resources to prevent future losses.

9/1/2023 - TAPS Media
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You’re Not Crazy — You’re Grieving — Part One

This is the first of a six-part article series to serve as a reminder that crazy is normal when grieving. It is adapted from Dr. Wolfelt's new book.

8/30/2023 - Alan Wolfelt
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Northeast Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Buffalo, New York.

8/27/2023 - TAPS Media
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New York Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women explore ways to move forward within their new normal in Ellenville, New York.

8/25/2023 - TAPS Media
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Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

TAPS seminars and events are always full of colorful and distinct shirts. We wear them to show our connection to TAPS and to each other.

8/24/2023 - Matt Daud
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Pennsylvania Family Campout

Event Photos: TAPS surviving families learn to grieve as a family with new tools for the path ahead in Green Lane, Pennsylvania.

8/21/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Washington Commanders Pre-Season Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Washington Commanders Pre-Season Game.

8/21/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Young Adults Paralympic Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Young Adults promote care, peer connection and personal well-being in Lake Placid, New York.

8/20/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps San Diego Wave Football Club Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the San Diego Wave Football Club Game.

8/19/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Washington Nationals Baseball Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Washington Nationals Baseball Game.

8/19/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Richmond Squirrels Baseball Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attend Military Appreciation Night with the Good Feet Store at the Richmond Squirrels Baseball Game.

8/17/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Togethers: National Park Fishing Day

Event Photos: Survivors share time in the great outdoors with fellow survivors fly fishing in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania.

8/12/2023 - TAPS Media
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Don’t Mourn My Loss, Remember the Good Things

After the death of someone we loved, we mourn the loss but also keep inside our hearts the memories and legacies of the good that person left behind.

8/10/2023 - Charles Corr
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teams4taps Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp.

8/9/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps New England Patriots Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the New England Patriots Training Camp.

8/7/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps USA Basketball Game

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the USA Basketball Game in Las Vegas.

8/7/2023 - TAPS Media
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Remembering J.R. Davis

Surviving spouse and caregiver, remembers her husband for the love and laughs they shared, for his love of family, friends, and his country.

8/6/2023 - Theresa Davis
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North Carolina Men's Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving men build connections, foster accountability and honor their loved ones in Bryson City, North Carolina.

8/4/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp.

8/4/2023 - TAPS Media
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Loving Two Men at Once

Author and surviving spouse reflects on loving both her first and current husband and the process of moving forward and rebuilding their lives together.

8/2/2023 - Heather Gray Blalock
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter August 2023

August 14 is the deadline for illness-loss survivors to apply for benefits backdated to the PACT Act signing on August 2022. Call our Helpline for filing assistance.

8/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps NBA 2K League Tournament

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the National Basketball Association 2K League Tournament in Washington, D.C.

8/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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From Open Minds to Renewed Hope at a TAPS Men’s Retreat

A surviving husband finds renewed hope and healing at a TAPS Men's Retreat while also expanding his resources and making new connections.

7/31/2023 - Chris Meeker
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From Uncertainty to Excitement at the TAPS College Experience

A TAPS College Experience attendee shares how this annual event helps rising high school seniors learn more about college admissions, financial aid and more.

7/31/2023 - Maxx Ray
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teams4taps Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp.

7/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Young Adults Pacific Northwest Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Young Adults promote care, peer connection and personal well-being in Portland, Oregon and Stevenson, Washington.

7/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Baltimore Ravens Training Camp

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Baltimore Ravens Training Camp.

7/28/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Juventus Football Club

Event Photos: TAPS families meet with Juventus Football Club.

7/27/2023 - TAPS Media
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Klinger's Korner: Healthy Growth & Development In Bereaved Children and Teenagers

Discover some simple ways you can encourage continued healthy growth and development for your child even in the midst of grief.

7/26/2023 - Andy McNiel
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teams4taps Washington Nationals Salute to Service

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Washington Nationals Salute to Service.

7/25/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Football Club Cincinnati Practice

Event Photos: TAPS families of the fallen visit with players of the Football Club Cincinnati practice in Cincinnati, Ohio.

7/21/2023 - TAPS Media
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Loss to Learning to Leading

A surviving father finds purpose and healing after attending the TAPS Institute Dare to Lead™ online workshop.

7/20/2023 - Kenneth Naglak
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TAPS Magazine Summer 2023

Volume 29, Issue 2

7/17/2023 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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How Well Do You Know TAPS Education Support Services?

If you are a military survivor and have an education-related concern or question, let TAPS Education Support Services help.

7/17/2023 - TAPS
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The Robert Irvine Foundation Presents TAPS Las Vegas Peer Mentor Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Peer Mentor connect with others who understand their grief during a VIP experience in Las Vegas.

7/15/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Jon Stewart urges Military Survivors and Veterans to apply for PACT Act Benefits

Veterans exposed to toxins while serving and survivors whose military and veteran loved ones died of toxic-exposed illnesses may qualify for benefits.

7/11/2023 - TAPS Media
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MLB All Star Week PLAY BALL Park

Event Photos: Families participate in PLAY BALL Park during MLB All-Star Week in Seattle, Washington.

7/9/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps MLB All-Star Week Chevy Giveaway

Event Photos: To honor Chevrolet’s partnership with MLB and the All-Star Game, a surviving spouse was the recipient of a 2024 Chevy Trax ACTIV in Seattle.

7/9/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Colorado Springs Songwriter Dinner Show

Event Photos: Fundraiser with world-class entertainment by Aaron Tipton, Frank Myers, Jimmy Nichols, Ed Montana and Billy Montana.

7/8/2023 - TAPS Media
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Montana Romantic Partners Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving partners (widows, widowers, surviving significant others, fiancees and partners) connect in Emigrant, Montana.

7/7/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter July 2023

If you find yourself experiencing strong emotions on Independence Day or any day significant to you and the person you lost, remember: notice, hold, shift.

7/5/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Los Angeles Galaxy Practice

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Los Angeles Galaxy practice and tour the sports park in Los Angeles, California.

7/3/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS on the Hill: Love Lives on Act of 2023

TAPS is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to introduce and pass legislation to allow surviving spouses to maintain benefits upon remarriage at any age.

7/2/2023 - Ashlynne Haycock-Lohmann
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Godwinks: A Chance Meeting

A surviving mom's giant hole in her heart is being filled with new memories honoring her son through a special encounter at a TAPS seminar.

7/1/2023 - Sandy Isom
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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.

6/28/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps at Los Angeles Angels

Event Photos: TAPS families meet with the Los Angeles Angels players in Los Angeles, California.

6/28/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps MLB London Series

Event Photos: TAPS families attend the Major League Baseball London Series between the Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

6/25/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps at Philadelphia Phillies

Event Photos: Families attend a teams4taps meet and greet with Kyle Schwarber from the Philadelphia, Phillies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

6/23/2023 - TAPS Media
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Massachusetts Men's Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving men build connections, foster accountability and honor their loved ones in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

6/17/2023 - TAPS Media
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Blue Ridge Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women explore ways to move forward within their new normal in Boone, North Carolina.

6/17/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and Washington Capitals

TAPS teams4taps and Monumental Sports host families for “Caps for A Day" TAPS Summer Skate Party in Washington, D.C.

6/16/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Young Adults Mountain Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Young Adults promote care, peer connection and personal well-being in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

6/16/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS 29th National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp Family Photos

TAPS Family Photos taken during the National Military Survivor Seminar May 2023.

6/13/2023 - TAPS Media
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29th National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, May 26 - 29, 2023

6/12/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter June 2023

TAPS was honored to spend Memorial Day weekend with so many of you at the 29th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.

6/12/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps at the USS George H. W. Bush

TAPS friends and family tour the USS George H. W. Bush in Norfolk, Virginia.

6/8/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Miami Marlins

Event Photos: Survivors attend the TAPS teams4taps event with the Miami Marlins in Miami, Florida.

6/6/2023 - TAPS Media
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Team TAPS at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic

Event Photos: Team TAPS participated at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic to raise money and awareness for TAPS.

6/3/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: 29th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Over Memorial Day Weekend 2023, more than 1400 military survivors, volunteers and staff gathered together in Arlington, Virginia.

6/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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Sowing Seeds of Remembrance with Your Own Poppy Field

Surviving mom gives tips and lessons learned to start a wildflower garden as a living tribute to a loved one like she has done for her son Sergeant Donaldson.

6/1/2023 - Joan Donaldson
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teams4taps and the Washington Commanders

Event Photos: Survivors attend the TAPS teams4taps event with the Washington Commanders in Washington, D.C.

5/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Washington Nationals

Event Photos: Survivors attend the TAPS teams4taps event with the Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C.

5/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the St. Louis Cardinals

Event Photos: Survivors attend the TAPS teams4taps event with the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, Missouri.

5/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Memorial Day Message from Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder

For all of us in the TAPS family, every day is our Memorial Day. As military survivors we are our loved ones living legacies.

5/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Remember the Families of the Fallen this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is for all Americans to remember we enjoy our many freedoms because of a brave few who dedicated their lives to this country.

5/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Arizona Diamondbacks

Event Photos: Survivors attend the TAPS teams4taps event with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, Arizona.

5/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Baltimore Orioles

Event Photos: Survivors attend the TAPS teams4taps event with the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Maryland.

5/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: A Seat at the Table with Robert Traynham, Ben Voelke and Diana Hosford

Surviving son of U.S. Army Major Paul Voelke shares about his father and how TAPS comforts families in their time of grief and helps promote healing.

5/29/2023 - TAPS Media - Meta
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Video: Robert Patrick at the 29th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar over Memorial Day Weekend

Robert quotes the prayer of Mrs. Roosevelt remembering the sacrifice of those who have and will die for us.

5/27/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps and the Baltimore Ravens Flags with the Flock

Event Photos: Survivors and members of the Baltimore Ravens attend the TAPS teams4taps Flags with the Flock event in Baltimore, Maryland.

5/23/2023 - TAPS Media
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Montana Parents Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving parents connect with other surviving parents, create lifelong friendships and honor their children in Emigrant, Montana.

5/12/2023 - TAPS Media
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Caregiver to Survivor (C2S) Partnership Report 2023

A collaboration of research on the journey of the growing population of bereaved caregivers and suicide survivors.

5/11/2023 - TAPS - Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network - Elizabeth Dole Foundation
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Caregiver to Survivor (C2S) Partnership Executive Summary 2023

Summary of the collaboration of research on the journey of the growing population of bereaved caregivers and suicide survivors.

5/11/2023 - TAPS - Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network - Elizabeth Dole Foundation
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Lest We Forget: teams4taps Brings 2 Families Together to Honor Their Heroes in Scotland

TAPS coordinated to bring Chris and Connor to the game to honor their dads, who were both killed in action in Afghanistan.

5/9/2023 - Kristi Stolzenberg
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Poppy Field

A field becomes a sea of poppies, daisies, and bachelor buttons each June as a living tribute to Sergeant Mateo Donaldson from his surviving parents.

5/8/2023 - Joan Donaldson
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TAPS Young Adults Disney Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Young Adults promote care, peer connection and personal well-being in Orlando, Florida.

5/7/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: How Nature Helps Us Take Care of Ourselves

Video recording on how nature helps us regulate our central nervous system to cope with grief and loss, trauma, chronic stress, and difficult emotions.

5/2/2023 - Christine Norton
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter May 2023

This Memorial Day, and every day, your TAPS family is here for you. We are beside you as you grieve and we stand with you as you honor your hero.

5/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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An Etiquette for Grief

Elevate your ability to be a peer supporter in grief, and find the words to express to your support system what you need as you grieve.

5/1/2023 - Crystal Gromer
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TAPS Togethers: Carry the Load Relay

Event Photos: The TAPS Family is participating along the five National Relay Routes and Rally Cities and at nearly 30 TAPS Togethers events.

5/1/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps NFL Draft Party with Washington Commanders

Event Photos: Survivors participate in the Washington Commanders Draft Party in Washington, D.C.

4/29/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps 2022 Replay

TAPS helped surviving families honor their heroes and make incredible memories alongside their favorite athletes and teams.

4/28/2023 - TAPS
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teams4taps NFL Draft

Event Photos: The surviving family of MSG Deghand at the 3rd round NFL draft pick for the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City.

4/28/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Modern Loss - A Conversation with Rebecca Soffer

Video recording of how the long arc of loss can be woven into our lives in ways that are practical, creative, comforting, and, finally, hopeful.

4/25/2023 - Rebecca Soffer - Allison Gilbert
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The Weight of Traumatic Loss

Trauma expert and Vietnam Veteran, Dr. Charles Figley, shares his views on overcoming primary and secondary trauma.

4/22/2023 - Charles Figley
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TAPS Togethers: National Park Fishing Day

Event Photos: Survivors share time in the great outdoors with fellow survivors fly fishing in Marietta, Georgia.

4/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Behind Every Folded Flag is a Family

TAPS is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America's fallen military heroes.

4/20/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Engaging Empathy in the Workplace - A Guide for Grievers

Video recording of ways to advocate for yourself in the workplace after a brief absence, a long absence, or for the first time following a loss.

4/18/2023 - Rachel Kodanaz
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TAPS Young Adults New England Patriots Experience with teams4taps

Event Photos: Young Adult Survivors connect with peers to focus on well-being and personal development in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

4/18/2023 - TAPS Media
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Tennessee Family Campout

Event Photos: TAPS surviving families learn to grieve as a family with new tools for the path ahead in Bolivar, Tennessee.

4/17/2023 - TAPS Media
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Windy25 Memorial Fund 5K

Event Photos: TAPS fundraiser at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas to honor the legacy of our courageous heroes and in tribute to the Windy25 flight.

4/15/2023 - TAPS Media
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Breaking Away from Loneliness

TAPS offers 10 creative ways to fight feelings of loneliness, seek out the connections that inspire us, that make us better.

4/14/2023 - Emily Munoz
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Letting Leisure in After Loss

How do we access joy, pleasure, relaxation, and their sister emotions while carrying pain and grief of losing someone we loved so deeply?

4/11/2023 - Rachel Hunsell
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White House Easter Egg Roll

Event Photos: TAPS Families attend the 2023 White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 2023.

4/10/2023 - TAPS Media
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Klinger’s Korner: Spend Spring Outside

Hundreds of studies conducted around the world revealed spending time in nature has significant benefits to physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

4/7/2023 - Andy McNiel
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Military Child: Acknowledge the Sacrifice Your Children and Teenagers Have Made this April

April is the Month of the Military Child. Purple Up Day is April 15. There are also opportunities to celebrate our surviving children and teenagers.

4/4/2023 - TAPS
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More Than Trains: A Surviving Sibling’s Story

Parting with loved ones’ belongings and family heirlooms is hard. They are more than just things, but precious memories made and new ones we’ll never realize.

4/3/2023 - Kat Stanley
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter April 2023

As we acknowledge Volunteer Appreciation Month in April, we are so grateful to each of you who give back to the survivor community.

4/3/2023 - TAPS Media
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Mountain Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Denver, Colorado.

4/2/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps NBA Trainer Experience

Event Photos: Survivors attend NBA Trainer Experience events with teams4taps.

3/31/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Washington Nationals Salute to Service Opening Day

Event Photos: Survivors attend Washington Nationals Salute to Service Opening Day on March 30 in Washington, D.C. with teams4taps.

3/30/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Debunking 8 Popular Myths About Grief

Video recording of what the current thinking about grief reveals, helping you better understand and cope with your grief journey.

3/28/2023 - Kenneth Doka
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2023

Volume 29, Issue 1

3/24/2023 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Video: Heartbreaking Loss & Hopeful Connections - One Military Surviving Mom's Story

When her son returned from Iraq, Alice thought all was well. Later, her son was diagnosed with cancer linked to toxic exposure from burn pits in Iraq.

3/22/2023 - TAPS Media - Alice Daniel
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Representative Dean Phillips Meets Military Survivors and TAPS Staff

Event Photos: Representative Dean Phillips was selected for the 2023 Ted Stevens Leadership Award for his commitment to surviving military families.

3/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: 2023 TAPS Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award Recipient

This year's recipient, Representative Dean Phillips (MN-3), was honored for his legislative efforts on behalf of survivors on Capitol Hill.

3/22/2023 - 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.

3/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Honor Guard Gala Highlights

At the Gala, we remember the love of our fallen heroes, celebrate their lives and share the stories of the journey we have with our TAPS family.

3/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: 2023 TAPS Military Mentor of the Year Award Recipient

This year's recipient, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Carl Gilbert, U.S. Army, was honored for his outstanding support for the children of America's fallen heroes.

3/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Admiral Christopher Grady Speaks at the TAPS Honor Guard Gala

12th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Christopher Grady, U.S. Navy, speaks at the 2023 TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 22, 2023.

3/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Bonnie Carroll Speaks at the TAPS Honor Guard Gala

TAPS President and Founder, Bonnie Carroll, speaks at the 2023 TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 22, 2023.

3/22/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Provides Comfort & Hope

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is the national organization for all those grieving the death of a military or veteran loved one.

3/18/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Quick Series - Grief Guide

This guide provides information on mourning styles, relationship factors, types of grief, as well as helpful information on how grief impacts a person.

3/17/2023 - TAPS
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TAPS Quick Series - Education Support Services

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

3/15/2023 - TAPS
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TAPS Impact Report 2022

Whenever and wherever a military member or veteran is lost, TAPS stands ready to provide compassion and critical resources to their grieving survivors.

3/13/2023 - TAPS Impact
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Savannah Women's Empowerment Unmarried Partners Retreat

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

3/10/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Testifies at Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Listen to TAPS Statement for the Record on March 8, 2023 before the Committees On Veterans' Affairs United States Senate and House of Representatives.

3/10/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter March 2023

This month we honor and lift up surviving women who lean bravely into their grief, share their personal grief journey, and make the world a better place.

3/6/2023 - TAPS Media
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Alaska Iditarod Survivor Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Survivors move beyond your comfort zone with the support of others who understand in Anchorage, Alaska.

3/5/2023 - TAPS Media
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Write On: How Sharing Your Story with TAPS Can Bring Healing to You and Fellow Survivors

Writing can be a path that leads to peace. Writing down how you feel can help you reflect on your loved one’s life and lighten the emotional weight you carry.

3/1/2023 - TAPS
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Finding Inspiration and Purpose After Loss

What inspired you; what continues to motivate you? One survivor shares how TAPS Women inspired her to find purpose after loss.

3/1/2023 - TAPS - Tori Seals
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teams4taps Minnesota Timberwolves Tour

Event Photos: The Minnesota Timberwolves welcome the surviving family of US Army Veteran Ryan Schmidt and teams4taps for a pre-game tour.

2/24/2023 - TAPS Media
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Tom and Sharon Chisholm Fundraiser

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

2/23/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: Helping Grieving Kids as They Grow

Video recording discussion on ways to help children and teens continue the bonds they have with their loved ones as they get older.

2/21/2023 - Pamela Gabbay
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teams4taps NBA All-Star Weekend

Event Photos: Survivors attend the NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah with teams4taps.

2/19/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps NBA Referee Engagements

Event Photos: Survivors attend NBA Referee Engagement events with teams4taps.

2/16/2023 - TAPS Media
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The Love Lives On Act

A surviving spouse shares her remarriage story. The Love Lives On Act would allow surviving spouses to remarry at any age and maintain their benefits.

2/14/2023 - TAPS - Linda Ambard
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teams4taps Super Bowl Week

Event Photos: Survivors attend Super Bowl Week events with teams4taps in Glendale, Arizona.

2/12/2023 - TAPS Media
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Sedona Women's Empowerment Retreat

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

2/10/2023 - TAPS Media
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Video: What Gives You Hope?

Children grieving the loss of a military loved one at the Southeast Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp share what brings them hope.

2/8/2023 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps Nevada Survivor Experience Presented by the NFL

Event Photos: Survivors attend the Nevada Survivor Experience presented by the NFL in partnership with TAPS Sports and Entertainment.

2/6/2023 - TAPS Media
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Southeast Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Destin, Florida.

2/5/2023 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter February 2023

The TAPS Family is built on love. It is our foundation, our inspiration, our strength. In this month where we have a day that is devoted to love, let us reflect on love.

2/3/2023 - TAPS Media
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About Love

As we approach this Valentine’s Day, let's reflect on the love in our hearts, both for those here and those lost.

2/1/2023 - Jason Stout
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TAPS Care Groups: A Source of Connection, Hope and Healing In Your Local Community

TAPS Care Groups are safe, welcoming spaces in your local area to connect with those who understand grief because they’re experiencing it too.

2/1/2023 - TAPS
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Widow’s Tax Now Completely Eliminated

On February 1, 2023, the Widow's Tax is completely eliminated, and future generations of surviving spouses will receive their full survivor benefits.

1/31/2023 - Candace Wheeler
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teams4taps Capitals Fore Charity event at Top Golf National Harbor

Event Photos: Survivors attend the Capitals Fore Charity event at Top Golf National Harbor.

1/27/2023 - TAPS Media
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Mentoring the Next Generation of Surviving Children

The TAPS Research Team is currently working on a mixed-method study examining how mentoring others creates a lasting impact on one's own life.

1/24/2023 - Ashley Leal - Jacob Brinneman
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Video: Art-Making as a Bridge to Understanding Grief

Video recording of interactive discussion and hands-on activity to help support you on your grief journey (no art experience or special supplies needed).

1/17/2023 - Jennifer Baldwin
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Faces of TAPS: Surviving Mother Holly Higgins Story

Read about Holly Higgins, surviving mother of U.S. Air Force Daniel James Johnson, remembering her son and her work with Heroes Journey.

1/12/2023 - TAPS - Holly Higgins
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter January 2023

In the beginning of the year and when it ends, TAPS is your family where our loved ones are remembered, and where we come for hope and healing.

1/6/2023 - TAPS Media
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Grief and Mental Wellbeing in the New Year

Here are 5 tips for taking extra time for self-care and prioritizing your mental health as you recover from loss.

1/4/2023 - Raylene Moore
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The Rewards of Mentoring Military Survivors

In honor of National Mentoring Month, several of our mentors have shared their mentoring story.

1/4/2023 - Amber Loveless - Noah Velazquez - Kristin Cook
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New Years: A Time for Self-Exploration

This year, consider a New Year’s exploration: What do you need? How, and who, do you want to be? And what’s keeping you from getting there?

1/3/2023 - TAPS