Alaska Survivor Experience

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Anchorage, Alaska
Application Close Date: December 18, 2020

All surviving adults 18 years of age or older grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces are warmly invited to join TAPS for our Alaska Survivor Experience. 

TAPS Survivors in Anchorage

Reindeer Run in Anchorage

The grief journey takes us out of our comfort zone. But when we see that others share this journey, we can find new ways to grow and heal with a little more confidence.

Step away from the daily stressors of life and immerse yourself in a safe environment to help you connect with yourself, your loved one and others who understand. Explore Alaska, create new bonds and celebrate your fallen hero. You’ll learn to focus on yourself and be in the moment.

Move beyond your comfort zone with the support of others who understand at the Alaska Survivor Experience. 



Day 1: Wednesday is your travel day. TAPS staff will be available to greet you and we will have an informal welcome reception, but there is no formal programming this day.

Days 2 to 4: We will participate in group activities, meals, cultural experiences and remembrance that will connect you with other survivors. There will be physical activities, such as extensive walking throughout the city, along with an optional 3 block dash, "Running with the Reindeer."

Day 5: Following breakfast, TAPS staff still will be available to bid you farewell. There is no programming or activities on this day.



Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, TAPS will provide lodging, breakfast, dinner (lunch on your own) and all activities at no cost to you.



Lodging will be provided for all attendees at a hotel in downtown Anchorage. You'll share a room with another retreat attendee. TAPS covers the cost of lodging at no cost to you, and we'll take care of booking your lodging for the retreat. 

You'll need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from Anchorage. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a welcome email after registering. Once your registration is accepted, your flight must be purchased and confirmed by January 22, 2021.



Application is open until December 18, 2020 (look for the blue button at the top of this page). Registration is conducted on a first come, first served basis; a waitlist will form once registration has reached capacity. Please keep in mind that we hold a number of spots on each event for first-time attendees, so don't be discouraged if you're added to the waitlist. You'll receive an email if a spot becomes available for you.

Upon registration, you'll receive a confirmation email. Please email if you do not receive a confirmation email after registering. Please do not book your flight until you receive the welcome email. We will be in contact with you by December 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please email or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).