27th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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Washington, D.C.
Registration Close Date: May 29, 2021
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This seminar and camp is open to all military survivor adults and youth. If you are unable and/or have concerns to attend in-person, we encourage you to attend our live workshops virtually. Please double check that you select the correct button above (in-person or virtual) when you submit your registration. 

COVID-19 Guidelines for those attending in-person - TAPS follows CDC guidelines along with all state and business restrictions. While the CDC has provided new guidance surrounding the use of face masks for those who are vaccinated and those who are not, we are currently advising everyone that face masks will still be required at this time and must be worn properly. Face shields and gaiters are not acceptable forms of protection per CDC guidelines.

Each attendee/volunteer and guest must pass through the healthy check station and show either proof of vaccination (fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC), a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or TAPS will provide a rapid self-administered COVID test onsite, at no charge. Blue silicone wristbands with TAPS logos will be given to everyone at the healthy check station. This is their pass to pick up registration materials, attend events, meals and sessions. This must be worn at all times during the event for them to participate.

Any attendee who chooses to show a vaccination card at the healthy check station, showing they are fully vaccinated, will be given an additional wristband to wear. Vaccination information will not be copied, stored or recorded.


Military Survivor at a TAPS Seminar

For Adults: TAPS Seminars

Each Memorial Day, our country remembers those who have served and died. As our country reflects on the costs of freedom, we come together to tell the stories of our fallen heroes. We name our loved ones, celebrate their lives and decide again to live bigger and better on their behalf.

Surrounded by the monuments and memorials of our nation's capital, we are reminded that a grateful nation never forgets. Through the support and loving care of our TAPS family, we are reminded that we are part of that story.

If you are grieving the death of a loved one in the military, whether a family member, friend or fellow service member, you are invited and encouraged to attend the National Military Survivor Seminar. No matter where you are in your grief journey, support and connection await you.

During the days we're together, you'll have the opportunity to participate in activities, workshops led by experts in grief and loss, and small-group sharing sessions. Over family-style meals and while participating in special events throughout Washington, D.C., you'll meet and connect with other survivors.


TAPS Young Adult Survivors

For Young Adults: Pillars of Growth

The TAPS Young Adults Program is for 18 to 25 year old surviving children and siblings and helps our graduating Good Grief Camp children transition into a program all their own.

Transitioning into adulthood is difficult enough, but when you add grief to the scenario, it becomes more challenging. This program takes that into consideration when addressing five pillars of growth: Personal Development, Financial Stability, Communications, Career Development, and Service to Others. With practical life skills explored, the Young Adult Program strives to help each individual create a well-rounded life full of hope, healing, and growth.

Whether you are a graduate of our Good Grief Camp or new to our TAPS events, please know you have found your tribe to grow and heal.  If you have any questions, please email youngadults@taps.org.  


Military mentors and TAPS children

For Youth: TAPS Good Grief Camp

The TAPS Good Grief Camp is a program for children who have lost a loved one who served in the Armed Forces (see attendance eligibility criteria). Good Grief Camp provides a safe space for military children to explore grief and embrace healing.

TAPS Good Grief Camp is led by experts in the fields of child development, mental health and education. Programming throughout the weekend mirrors the adult curriculum and provides families with a common language crucial to strengthening family bonds. Children and teens will honor their loved one, connect with their peers, and learn coping skills through games, crafts and other age-appropriate activities in a fun and supportive environment.

Children and teens will find comfort in knowing there are other kids their age who understand their loss, develop coping skills they can use once they leave Good Grief Camp and learn how America honors our fallen service members.


Children under the age of five-years old will be cared for and loved throughout the seminar by trained professional, licensed and insured caregivers. A designated suite will be assigned and set up with age-appropriate toys, games and arts and crafts. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers will have lunch on Saturday inside their room, along with healthy snacks all weekend. Individual schedules will be honored for each child, including nursing infants. 

If you need further information, please email childcare@taps.org.


TAPS Legacy and Military Mentors

Volunteer as a Legacy or Military Mentor

TAPS invites those active duty military, veterans, and military survivors who have graduated from Good Grief Camp (Legacy mentors) to register as a volunteer mentor for the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.  

As a Legacy or Military Mentor, you will support a child throughout the weekend as he or she shares and connects with other surviving kids and learns how to honor their loved one. You will receive training from our Youth Program staff and come alongside a child to do a variety of activities geared toward promoting healing. Whether doing art projects, playing games, throwing or kicking a ball, doing memorial activities, or being silly, you will have fun with a purpose with a child who needs you. Along the way, you will create lasting memories and feel pride in yourself for the amazing impact you will have on a military child and their family.

To register as a Legacy or Military Mentor, create a mentor account and complete a background check form. Once your background check is approved, you can log into your account to register to volunteer at the National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. 


Military Survivor at a TAPS Seminar

Become a Peer Mentor

During the seminar, TAPS will be conducting two Peer Mentor training sessions for adult military survivors who are at least 18 months beyond their own loss and are ready to be there for other adult survivors to offer support.  As a Peer Mentor, you will have a wide variety of opportunities to choose from to support your peers through activities such as seminars, retreats, TAPS Togethers, hosting a Care Group, supporting the Online Community, and providing one-to-one mentoring. You will learn more about grief and trauma, learn to identify risks and warning signs for suicide, gain basic helping skills, and become part of our nationwide TAPS Peer Mentor Team.

If you're interested in attending the in-person Peer Mentor training at the seminar on Sunday morning, you can sign-up as part of the seminar registration.

There are also many opportunities to attend a training virtually from home. See our peer mentor virtual training calendar for dates and times.

For more information, email peermentors@taps.org.