TAPS to Host Retreat for Surviving Families of America’s Fallen Military Heroes in Tennessee

Event to Provide Hope and Healing, Coping Tools for Families Grieving Together


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will host its Tennessee Family Retreat July 31-Aug. 3 at Victory Ranch in Bolivar, Tenn. At this event, which is sponsored by The Hartwell Foundation, more than 80 family members, including 55 children, will come together to share their stories of love and loss, learn ways to cope with grief and find healing in sharing similar experiences as they honor their heroes.

"The TAPS Family Retreat is designed to allow families to step away from the stresses of daily life and learn coping skills that help participants grieve as a family," said TAPS President and Founder Bonnie Carroll. "While surrounded by the healing powers of nature, retreat activities encourage connection and help families find comfort and support, as well give participants the tools for the grief journey ahead.”

Children and adults alike will participate in camp activities such as rope courses, nature walks, arts and crafts, and game time. There will be both family time and separate group time for adults and children where they will learn coping and communication skills, and other ways to enrich the family unit.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).


AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:  Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder
                                                            Rusty Hensley, CEO, The Hartwell Foundation

Email christine.fuentes@taps.org or call 540.905.8448 to cover the TAPS Tennessee Family Retreat or to arrange an interview.