Surviving Military Families in the Media

At TAPS, we work with national and local news media to tell the story of the surviving military family. We welcome into TAPS anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died in the military — so our families have experienced loss in a variety of ways — from combat, suicide, terrorism, homicide, negligence, accidents and illness. Our survivors include mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fiances and other relatives of those who have died.


Resource Kit for Journalists

Nearly all of our families are trauma survivors. Consequently, journalists must be aware of techniques for interviewing trauma survivors and realize that these stories require sensitivity.

Use this resource kit for journalists to find tips for reporting and safe messaging. Journalists can also call 800-959-8277 (TAPS) or email to be connected to a surviving military family or loved one for a story.



Have a special project you are working on and want to include surviving military families? Please send a detailed description to with your request to be connected to families as well as deadlines and contact information so we can follow up with you.