Surviving Military Families in the Media
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) works closely with national and local news media in telling stories about surviving military families. At TAPS, we welcome anyone grieving the death of a military loved one whether that death came by way of combat, suicide, terrorism, homicide, negligence, accident, or illness. TAPS families have experienced loss in a variety of ways and our community includes mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fiancés, battle buddies, and all others who have lost a military loved one.
Resource Kit for Journalists
Nearly all TAPS families are trauma survivors. Consequently, journalists must be aware of techniques and best practices for interviewing trauma survivors, and realize that these stories require sensitivity.
Specifically, we've created a resource kit for journalists that contains tips for reporting on and using safe messaging in stories about or including the topic of suicide.
Journalists can also call 800-959-8277 (TAPS) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss story ideas or to request interviews with surviving military family members or TAPS representatives.
DOCUMENTARY, BOOK, AND PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS
Have a special project you are working on and want to include surviving military families? Please send a detailed description to email@example.com with your request to be connected to families as well as deadlines and contact information so we can follow up with you.