TAPS Men's Program

TAPS understands that most men need other men to pave the way for them to grieve as men grieve, not as women would want them to. Whether you are a surviving brother, father, battle buddy, adult child, spouse, you have a home at TAPS.

So what is it about the TAPS Men's Program that bonds us to each other? We are men who lost loved ones that served this great country. We lean on each other to share the experience, strength and hope that we each have inside of us no matter how far out we are from our loss. We grow stronger by knowing we can count on each other to be the energy we are all sometimes lacking from time to time. We come together because of our shared grief, and this is the common bond that keeps us coming back for more kinship.

"We are men of different ages, different life experiences, different socio-economic backgrounds, and different faith experiences. The common thread is that each of our loved ones died while serving their country. There is certainly sympathy for each other and the loss we have suffered. But more importantly, there is empathy."

 

get involved

by joining us in the following programs we offer throughout the year.

Surviving men at Seminar

Seminar Programming »

Survivor Seminars provide opportunities to connect with other men throughout a weekend of hope and healing with other military survivors. We build community with one another through casual settings like our "Men's Only Breakfasts" and Men's Share Groups. We also participate in interactive workshops with one another, a time where we can discuss some of the more traditional ways men reveal their unique grief.

“TAPS gave me hope, helped me understand and accept my grief. I feel like I picked up a surfboard from TAPS. I can’t stop the waves, but I can learn how to ride them.”
Surviving men at Seminar

Online Programming »

This group is planned by men, led by men, and only for men - and is a solid, supportive group where the men of TAPS can handle grief their own way. Facilitated by peer leaders from the Survivor Care Team who can relate to all types of loss, this men's group uses several different session formats to keep the experience interesting, diverse, and tailored to the preferences of the men who attend and is for all surviving men at any point in the grief journey.

“The men participating in the TAPS Men's Chat are learning to grieve with the love and support and care of other men that have made it across the abyss.”
Surviving men at Mens Retreat

Retreats and Outdoors »

TAPS Retreats and Outdoor experiences take place over several days in locations throughout the country and are designed to bring together small groups of survivors who share similar losses to further build a sense of community. Together we step away from the daily grind, step outside our comfort zone, enjoy incredible opportunities in unique locations, honor our loved ones, and connect with other men who understand.

“Spending a week with other men who are grieving a loss made me feel that I am not alone and that my thoughts and feelings are normal and valid.”