TAPS International has been working with Ukraine since 2014 when the state department asked us to assist Ukraine in developing a program to support the families of the military deceased from conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine that had started in 2014.
Since the start of the Russian war in Ukraine in February, TAPS International and our sister organization TAPS Ukraine have been on the ground providing direct support to Ukrainian soldiers, internally displaced people, families who’ve lost a loved one and all those suffering in the conflict.
TAPS International quickly began collecting funds and supplies to support TAPS Ukraine. Thanks to the support of individual donors and donations from foundations and corporations like Telos, the Hartwell Foundation, the Good Feet Store, the Rosenthal Family Foundation, Global Mission Support Services, and Spirit of America, TAPS International has purchased supplies of nutritious and sustainable food, high quality boots, safety equipment, and TWO state of the art ambulances fully stocked with emergency medical equipment.
TAPS Ukraine's Visit to the United States
The leadership of TAPS Ukraine recently visited the United States , where they actively participated in the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. During this visit, TAPS staff arranged productive discussions with Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Oksana Markarova, and Members of Congress Joe Wilson and Victoria Spartz. These interactions were aimed at elevating the profile of TAPS Ukraine, bringing attention to the current situation in Ukraine, and emphasizing TAPS Ukraine's vital role in support and healing. TAPS Ukraine also presented a briefing at the National Guard Bureau and paid their respects at Arlington National Cemetery by laying flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Their dedication to providing comfort and a sense of community to Ukraine's military families continues to drive their commendable efforts.