National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp Military Mentors

May 24 - 27, 2018

TAPS invites active duty and veteran service members and [legacy] to apply to volunteer as a military mentor for the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. 

TAPS Mentors and Children

At this special event, children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the military come together from all over the nation and are paired with military mentors who understand the military and can companion these children and teens throughout the weekend.

The world changes for grieving children when someone is there for them — and this is why we pair military mentors with these kids at our Good Grief Camp. 

As a military mentor, you'll support them throughout the weekend as they share and connect with other surviving kids and learn how to honor their loved ones. You may do art projects and play silly games. cheer them on in relays. You may throw footballs and cheer them on in relays. You'll definitely create lasting memories and feel pride in yourself for the work you've done.

Good Grief Camp Schedule

As a military mentor, you must be available for the entire weekend during the times listed below for Good Grief Camp. If you can't make a full commitment, please consider registering as a volunteer instead.

Memorial Day Weekend

25 May 0730 - 1600 
26 May 0730 - 2130
27 May 0800 - 1600
28 May (optional) Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony in Dress Uniform

All events, including training, will take place at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.


24 May 1800-2100 OR 25 May 1300-1600

Suggested but not mandatory training can be found on the TAPS Online Training website.


Each Military Mentor must:

  • Currently serve in the military (active/guard/reserve status), be retired from the military, or be an OIF/OEF era veteran
  • Complete and pass a security background check
  • Attend one training session
  • Be on time and ready to participate in all Good Grief Camp scheduled events and functions throughout the weekend
  • Be willing to be a "big brother" or "big sister" to a child who has lost a loved one in the military
  • Be present and companion a child while also being cognizant of your own grief and loss of a military friend or family member
  • Show empathy toward children and surviving families as they are grieving
  • Use good judgment when assessing safety for children
  • Set and enforce good boundaries with your mentee
  • Create a safe place and an environment of trust and acceptance for your mentee
  • Not fraternize with fellow mentors, mentees, TAPS staff or adult survivors during the event. Your focus should be on your mentee and his or her well-being.
  • Intervene when necessary and keep group leaders informed if there are concerns
  • Honor time constraints
  • Follow directions from group leaders and TAPS staff
  • Not partake in alcohol during Good Grief Camp nor let it affect your role as a mentor each day
  • Demonstrate good moral and responsible conduct around all children. You should not use profanity, tell “drinking" stories” or make inappropriate comments. 
  • Be willing to withhold any personal political views as this may complicate the grieving process for children. No anti-war comments will be tolerated.
  • Be willing to continue the mentor role throughout the rest of the year for the child’s birthday, special events or holidays

Lodging and Transportation

Free parking is available for Good Grief Camp mentors. Please review the Good Grief Camp mentor parking information for details.

How to Apply

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