Saturday Morning Message: Thankful for TAPS

Author: Carol Lane

Good Morning,

Because it is Thanksgiving weekend, this Saturday Morning Message features a list of resources TAPS provides that I am thankful for as a survivor. Since a list of all the programs would make this message too long, I've only included some of the programs, but you can learn about all TAPS programs at

National Military Seminar Memorial Day Parade

The picture today is from the TAPS website showing a survivor participating in one of the events at a Seminar. Although we haven't announced the 2017 schedule at this time, visit the TAPS Events Calendar to see the list whenever you would like. Seminars, Good Grief Camps and Retreats are special places that offer the opportunity to connect with other survivors in person. You may want to make plans to attend the 23rd Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp scheduled May 26 - May 29 in Arlington, Virginia. This Seminar is special as it happens over Memorial Day weekend, so there are many events planned in the D.C. area to which TAPS survivors can attend in addition to the workshops and support groups inside the hotel.

Connecting with others in your local area can be very comforting. TAPS has started Care Groups in several different states. When you go to the TAPS website, you can find the Care Group locations provided by TAPS as well as a list of other resources near you. 

Exercise can be very helpful for survivors. If you want to focus on your overall health and wellness, check out our new Inner Warrior program. Inner Warrior events for 2017 will be announced soon. If you like to run or walk, look at Team TAPS. This program was started by two survivors, Marie Campbell and Lori Hunter. The story of how these two women began the runs and a list of the upcoming events can be found at

The Online Community connects survivors throughout the year right from their own living rooms. There are a variety of Yahoo email groups as well as chats. Some are for specific survivor groups and others are for all survivors. Survivors need to be signed in before they can access the Online Community. To do that, go to the top right of the TAPS website and click on "Online Community" to sign up or log in. This year, new video chats are also available in addition to the text chats. You can always find a list of upcoming chats at the end of the Saturday Morning Message

Another interesting program is teams4taps. This is a way survivors can attend the favorite sports event of their fallen loved one. There are a wide variety of sporting events for survivors. To see pictures of these events and to learn more, go to

The TAPS Resource Library includes many other programs and services for which we are thankful. I hope this special edition of the Saturday Morning Message is helpful to you. We are thankful for all the ways TAPS provides comfort and care to our TAPS family. 



Question for Next Week's Saturday Morning Message 

Next week, the Saturday Morning Message will feature this question: What has made you most thankful on your grief journey?  This question is the same one from last week, and I will publish all responses in the Dec. 3 edition of the message. It could be something in your life or a TAPS program that has made a difference as you walk this path. 

♫  Song for the Week 

My daughter, Bethany, sister of Bryon,  knew there was a section about songs that goes out to survivors each week. She sent me her favorite, which is "I Chase Butterflies" by Alan Pederson.


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Visit the TAPS Online Community Calendar for this week's schedule of text and video chats and other offerings. We have a virtual gathering most days of the week. Whether you want to share your story or just read how other survivors are sharing and coping, this online grief support community is a way for you to develop and strengthen your connections with TAPS.

Other Items and Events of Interest

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The TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar is going virtual. Held October 16-18, you will hear from others who have walked the road you are traveling. Sessions will offer vital information on anxiety, loss and family dynamics, talking to children and more. The grief that follows suicide loss can be uniquely complicated. You are not alone, and we invite you to join us for a time of hope and healing. 

Celebrating 20 Years of Team TAPS 

For 20 years, Team TAPS has honored our heroes and raised awareness and funds to support the TAPS mission. This year, in celebration of our 20th anniversary, we are coming together to create a virtual movement. We will walk, run, bike, swim, and row - find ways to move in honor of our loved ones. We will gain strength, go the distance, and encourage each other. Join us for this adventure

You can discover all the opportunities to connect with your TAPS family on our website at the TAPS Event Calendar.

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We're all in this together

Have you lost your job or have reduced household income? How has the pandemic made an impact on your life? If you are grieving the death of a loved one, and their life included military service, we'd like to hear from you.

Your feedback will be used to improve TAPS programs and to communicate survivor needs to donors and stakeholders. Please share how COVID-19 has impacted you by taking our survey.


Did you lose your loved on due to an illness loss

If your military loved one suffered with a wound, illness, or injury, please consider taking our new Illness Loss Survivor Survey, so TAPS can honor your loved one through our advocacy efforts.

If you took the survey last year, we ask that you retake it as we've made important updates. Your response could help shape policy and legislation, and direct future TAPS programs and services. To learn more, email

Those who take either survey will receive a discount to the TAPS store for providing this important and valuable feedback.

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AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support TAPS every time you shop, at no cost to you. Visit, log in, and select TAPS as your charity of choice. Amazon will give 0.5% of your eligible purchases to TAPS.

About the Saturday Morning Message

The Saturday Morning Message (SMM) is a weekly communication; written and contributed to by survivors. The primary focus of the Saturday Morning Message is to foster peer-based connection for support and encouragement.  It is the goal of this communication to foster a safe, supportive atmosphere where we can openly share in a non-judgmental and caring manner. Read and contribute as you are comfortable, and explore any opinions/ideas shared that are most beneficial to you on your individual journey. Content submitted for inclusion in the Saturday Morning Message is edited for spacing considerations, grammatical corrections and may be used in other TAPS publications.  

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