First TAPS Military Mentor of the Year Continues to Volunteer
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In 2015, TAPS named long-time Good Grief Camp mentor Rob Rice as its first Military Mentor of the Year at a ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Rob Rice was named TAPS’ first Military Mentor of the Year in 2015. Photo: TAPS Archives
Rob, an Air Force veteran, starting volunteering with TAPS in May 2001, and si nce then has helped at so many events in the DC metropolitan area — and across the country — that he has lost count. He says he has volunteered at roughly 60 to 80 TAPS events over the years.
“I continue to volunteer with TAPS because I believe in the healing power of bringing together children who are going through a similar loss,” Rob said.
Awarding a Military Mentor for his outstanding support of children of America’s fallen heroes is now an annual tradition at TAPS. As we mark our 25th anniversary, a new Military Mentor of the Year will be recognized at the TAPS Honor Guard Gala to be held on March 6 in Washington, D.C.
Rob Rice is shown with kiddos at a TAPS Good Grief Camp in 2004. Photo: TAPS Archives
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