Thornberry to Accept 2018 TAPS Honor Guard Gala Congressional Award 


Rep. Thornberry Official Photo

Rep. Mac Thornberry, 2018 TAPS Honor Guard Gala Congressional Award Recipient

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Honorable William “Mac” Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), will accept the 2018 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Honor Guard Gala Congressional Award on Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

"TAPS is proud to recognize the steadfast support of Congressman Thornberry with our 2018 Congressional Award," said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder and 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. "We are fortunate to have such a strong advocate in Congress who is committed to ensuring we have not only the best military in the world, but also one who cares for all those whose life has included selfless service to our nation."

Prior to becoming the HASC Chairman, Thornberry, who represents Texas’ 13th Congressional District, served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as on the Budget Committee, Resources Committee, and the Select Committee on Homeland Security.  He was also tapped to chair the Task Force on Cybersecurity in 2011 and 2012. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1994.The TAPS Honor Guard Gala honors the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and contractors who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America and recognizes the families they left behind.

"I am very grateful for the important work TAPS does," said Thornberry. "My first priority has always been to support and provide for the men and women who serve our country, including the families who serve with them and have made great sacrifices to guarantee our freedom, a priority which TAPS shares."

Funds raised through the Gala will be used to support families of fallen heroes through programs such as the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp; the National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, TAPS Regional Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps; and TAPS Retreats for surviving spouses, parents, adult children and siblings.

This year's Legacy Sponsors are the Centene Charitable Foundation and Health Net Federal Services, and the Title Sponsor is USAA. The Program Sponsor is HSBC, and Presenting Sponsors include BAE Systems, DynCorp International, Oshkosh Defense, Prudential, Telos Corporation and United Technologies Corp.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m. The National Building Museum is located at 440 G St. NW in Washington, D.C. Sponsorship information is available at Photos attached for public use.

Please email or call Christine Fuentes at 202.588.TAPS (8277) to request interviews or additional details about the 2018 TAPS Honor Guard Gala.


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 75,000 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).