Michael’s tree is a simple and loving way one surviving military family remembers their loved one and finds comfort during the holiday season.
Home for the Holidays
To Our TAPS Family,
As we move into the holiday season and approach the end of this difficult year, always remember you have your TAPS Family to lean on.
TAPS is your home for the holidays, your soft landing and safe space, an organization created to help you remember the love, celebrate the life and share the journey together.
We are here for you now and always, and we hope you will join us with a cup of warm cocoa and a cozy blanket, for our virtual programs at the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing, our TAPS Care Groups, our TAPS Togethers and all the ways we come together. Remember also to reach out to your TAPS Peer Mentor or call our TAPS National Military Survivor Helpline, there for you 24/7. Support, encouragement, and love are always close by.
Whether this is your first holiday without your loved one, or it has been many years, we remember and honor the precious life lived. We cherish traditions and create new memories of those we love, and we take time to quietly honor the gifts they have given us.
Together we have come through a challenging time. We have done what families do - support and care for each other. We have shared the gifts of hope and kindness with each other, we have told our loved one's stories, and in that sharing we have found strength and comfort.
With love and hope,
TAPS President and Founder
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First Christmas Tree
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