TAPS to Recognize Gary Sinise’s Dedication to the Families of America’s Fallen Heroes at Annual Honor Guard Gala

Actor and humanitarian to accept TAPS Guardian Angel Award 


ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will present the inaugural TAPS Honor Guard Gala Guardian Angel Award to Gary Sinise, actor, humanitarian and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. The award will be presented at the 2018 TAPS Honor Guard Gala on Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The award honors Sinise’s extraordinary support and personal engagement with the surviving families of America’s fallen military heroes.

"TAPS is grateful for the extraordinary contributions Gary has made to the military community and his dedication to remembering those who have given their lives defending our freedoms," said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder and 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. "We are fortunate to have such a strong advocate who has steadfastly honored the lives of those who have served and died by caring for the families they loved and left behind."

In addition to his very public roles in television and movies, Sinise founded the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2011 to ensure the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten. The Foundation honors veterans, first responders, their families and those in need through unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. Whether honoring our Gold Star families, building specially adapted smart homes for wounded heroes, lifting spirits home and abroad with exciting live concerts, or bringing WWII veterans to the museum built in their honor, the Gary Sinise Foundation serves America’s heroes and their loved ones 365 days a year.

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; Education Support Services for Military Families; National Military Survivor Helpline; Military Mentor Program; Casework Assistance; and programs, seminars, retreats and Good Grief Camps held across the country for surviving spouses, parents, adult children and siblings.

This year's Legacy Sponsors are the Centene Charitable Foundation/Health Net Federal Services. 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 www.TAPS.org/Gala. Photos attached for public use.

Please email media@taps.org 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 www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).