Statement: TAPS Thanks President Trump for Recognizing the Sacrifices of Military Families During Address


ARLINGTON, Va. -Following last night's address to a joint session of Congress, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) thanks President Donald Trump for recognizing the sacrifice of Navy SCPO Ryan Owens and honoring his surviving Gold Star family.

"We appreciate President Trump and General Mattis for recognizing the sacrifices that our military families make every day to keep our nation free," said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder. "Our hearts go out to his family, and TAPS is here to support his wife, children, parent, grandparent, and other family, friends and battle buddies both now and into the future."

TAPS stands ready to support the Owens family, the SEAL community, the Navy and all those grieving the loss of a loved one in service to our nation. If you are grieving the loss of a fallen service member and would like to talk to someone, the TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline is always available with loving support and resources at 800.959.TAPS (8277). More information can be found on TAPS at or by emailing


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 or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277). 

Email  or call 202-588-TAPS (8277).