Adult Children of America’s Fallen Military Heroes to Connect at TAPS Retreat in Austin

Young adults who have lost a loved one in the military gather to honor their fallen heroes, find support from their peers


ARLINGTON, Va. –- The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will welcome adult children grieving the loss of a parent in the military to the TAPS Military Survivor Retreat in Austin, Texas for Adult Children, happening June 6-10.

The Retreat will take the participants beyond their comfort zone combining physical activity and quiet moments of reflection as they move toward hope and healing. Throughout the event, participants will connect with each other through various activities, and will experience the support that comes from shared loss.

“The TAPS Retreat in Austin will allow young adults to come together and participate in activities that encourage connection with others who truly understand what they’re going through,” said TAPS President and Founder Bonnie Carroll. “Grief is an extraordinarily complex and difficult journey, but no one has to travel this road alone.”

OPPORTUNITIES:   Thursday, June 7 from 2-4 p.m. at Texas Rowing Center
                             Friday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at iFLY Austin
                             Friday, June 8 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Boulder Rock Gym                      

FOR INTERVIEW:  Renee Monczynski, TAPS Young Adult Coordinator, and surviving wife of Navy PO2 
                            Matthew Monczynski; of Waco, Texas.
                            Jaclyn Mariano, surviving daughter of Air Force Master Sgt. Jude Mariano; of
                            Vallejo, Calif.

Please email Rita Barry-Corke at or call (800) 959-8722 (TAPS) to attend any part of the retreat or arrange interviews with TAPS staff or participants.

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).