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, fianc├ęs, battle buddies, and all others who have lost a military loved one.


Media Resources for TAPS Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps


Survivors at Suicide Seminar

TAPS holds Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps for military survivors throughout the year. Download resources to assist media with reporting about these events.

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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 to discuss story ideas or to request interviews with surviving military family members or TAPS representatives.



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.