Contributions for 2022


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Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams was a Marine whose uncommon valor was equaled by his uncommon kindness.

10/2/2022 - TAPS
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October is Emotional Wellness Month

Build internal capacity to deal with life's challenges and changes so during times of distress we can better cope, engage with life, and find purpose.

10/1/2022 - TAPS
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Our Hearts Are With You - TAPS Natural Disaster Response

To our TAPS Family enduring the added stress of natural disasters in an already stressful time, our hearts are with you. You are not alone.

9/27/2022 - TAPS
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Faces of TAPS: Surviving Sister Ideliz Mora-Cruz’s Story

Read about Ideliz Mora-Cruz, surviving sister of U.S. Army SGT Geraldo Andre Mora Cruz and TAPS Survivor Care Team associate.

9/27/2022 - TAPS - Ideliz Mora-Cruz
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Women’s Empowerment Summit

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Maumee, Ohio.

9/23/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Families Visit Capitol Hill During Gold Star Families Remembrance Week

TAPS families had the chance visit with the Congressional leadership that supported the resolution for Gold Star Families Remembrance Week.

9/22/2022 - TAPS
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Video: Choosing Wellness

Video discussion on how to practice self-leadership, form habits that serve us, and practice extreme self-care, no matter your circumstances.

9/20/2022 - Eileen O'Grady
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Video: Suicide Awareness and Prevention - A Conversation with Bereaved Survivors

Video discussion on the critical connection between postvention and what suicide prevention means now after personal loss.

9/14/2022 - Carla Stumpf Patton
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Please Say Their Name: The Importance of Honoring and Remembering

What are some things that you do to honor and remember your person or people who have died?

9/13/2022 - Pamela Gabbay
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Faces of TAPS: Surviving Father Matt Daud’s Story

Read about Matt Daud, surviving father of U.S. Marine CPL Christopher Daud, retired airline pilot, TAPS Peer Mentor & TAPS Survivor Care Team associate.

9/13/2022 - TAPS - Matt Daud
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter September 2022

This month, America recognizes Gold Star Families and TAPS offers resources available in suicide prevention or those seeking help from suicide.

9/12/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Colorado Celebrity Classic

Event Photos: Fundraiser with world-class entertainment featuring Frank Meyers, Anthony Smith, Wynn Varble, Brice Long, Jimmy Nichols.

9/10/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp Wins 2022 ILEA Award

The International Live Events Association Esprit Awards recognize excellence in industry professionals’ most creative and innovative events.

9/9/2022 - TAPS
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Montana Men's Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving men honor their loved ones and connect with other men who understand in West Creek Ranch, Emigrant, Montana. .

9/9/2022 - TAPS Media
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Superheroes: Examples To Follow Along Our Grief Journey

Using “hero” themes can help children cope with grief, endure life’s challenges, learn to forgive, and find meaning in life in the midst of painful experiences.

9/8/2022 - Andy McNiel
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15th Annual TAPS Golf Outing hosted by Parsons

Event Photos: TAPS supporters join together in supporting the families of our fallen military members.

9/8/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: Back to School, Back to Work: Returning to Routine when Nothing is Routine

Video discussion on how to find continuity between “what was” and what is by creating a new “everyday” that works for you and your family.

9/7/2022 - Rachel Kodanaz
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Get Involved, Meet Your Peers in the TAPS Young Adults Program

This program focuses on 5 Pillars of Growth and Healing: personal development, career guidance, communications, financial stability, & service to others.

9/5/2022 - TAPS
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Coping with Grief and Trauma and Loss: Home Base Reflections of Gratitude and Growth

Read one surviving fiancé's journey toward healing and growth from suicide loss with help from Home Base Programs of Boston and TAPS.

9/2/2022 - Katie Langer - Carla Stumpf Patton
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National Suicide Prevention Month: TAPS Support and Resources

TAPS is honored to be a leader in suicide postvention. We’re sharing resources available to those looking to get involved or those seeking help.

9/1/2022 - Carla Stumpf Patton
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Grief is a Path Best Shared

Surviving father discovers being honest with our emotions can unlock a new strength in us, empowering us to endure what we once thought was impossible.

8/30/2022 - Perry Monroe
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Video: TAPS Policy & Legislative Advocacy Update

Video discussion on how the TAPS policy team is advocating for you on Capitol Hill on a variety of issues from remarriage to toxic exposure.

8/30/2022 - Candace Wheeler - Ashlynne Haycock
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Southern Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and online in fellowship in San Antonio, Texas.

8/28/2022 - TAPS Media
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The Word “Widow” Doesn’t Cut It

TAPS Peer Mentor Sonia Rai reflects on the nature of her relationship with her best friend and soulmate U.S. Air Force Captain John Graziano.

8/24/2022 - Sonia Rai
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Care within Your Community

In addition to peer support and services that TAPS provides, we also connect you to grief resources close to home.

8/18/2022 - TAPS
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One Year Later: Reflecting on the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

As headlines from Afghanistan faded from social media feeds and the nightly newscasts, TAPS support for the families they serve never wavers.

8/17/2022 - Kelly McHugh-Stewart
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Understanding Your Grief Ten Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart, Part 3

In this wilderness of your grief, the touchstones are your trail markers. They are the signs that let you know you are on the right path.

8/12/2022 - Alan Wolfelt
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Video: Renovating and Remodeling: Moving Beyond Just Coping and Surviving

Video discussion on active grief versus passive grief in moving us beyond just coping, beyond just surviving after a loss.

8/9/2022 - Benjamin Wolfe
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TAPS Celebrates the Passage of The Historic Pact Act

This legislation ensures veterans exposed to burn pits, toxins, and airborne hazards while deployed are provided access to VA health care and benefits.

8/3/2022 - TAPS
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How Nature Helps Us Heal After Loss

During my darkest moments after the death of my loved one, in nature, I always find affirmations of hope and healing.

8/1/2022 - Erin Jacobson
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TAPS NFL Young Adults Summit: A Weekend of Hope, Connections and Possibilities

Young adults’ passion for learning, thinking outside the box to align their own values and purpose with a fulfilling career were reignited at this event.

8/1/2022 - Renee Monczynski
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter August 2022

TAPS Young Adults connect with peers and professionals to help guide and inspire them as they continue building their adult lives and careers.

8/1/2022 - TAPS Media
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Heading Back to School Can Be a Challenging Process for Surviving Children

Here are some suggestions on how schools can provide a supportive environment for students who may be grieving the death of a loved one.

7/31/2022 - Andy McNiel
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Discover a New Sense of Meaning and Purpose by Becoming a TAPS Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors are the foundation of the TAPS mission to provide compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.

7/30/2022 - Michelle Knuppe
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Klinger’s Korner: Understanding Your Child’s Unique Way of Being in the World

Get suggestions for better understanding how your child feels most comfortable being in the world, and how to best spend our energy parenting them.

7/28/2022 - Andy McNiel
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TAPS Men's Program

Whether you are a surviving brother, father, battle buddy, adult child, or spouse, you have a home at TAPS.

7/25/2022 - TAPS
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TAPS Magazine Summer 2022

Volume 28, Issue 2

7/20/2022 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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TAPS Young Adults Summit

Event Photos: TAPS Young Adults attended a 4-day, 3-night professional development conference hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

7/17/2022 - TAPS Media
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988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Offers Hope, Connection and Support to Help Save Lives

The national launch of the 3-digit dialing code on July 16, 2022 will provide free and confidential support, 24/7/365 through call, text, or chat.

7/15/2022 - Carla Stumpf Patton
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Partnership Creates Healing Connections To Nature and Peers For TAPS Families

This first event is one of ten events in partnership with the National Park Trust that will take place over the next year.

7/11/2022 - Rachel Hunsell
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter July 2022

You are part of a network we call the TAPS family, and it's more than a label. At TAPS events, there are opportunities to be truly who you are.

7/11/2022 - TAPS Media
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Mountain Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and online in fellowship in Denver, Colorado.

7/10/2022 - TAPS Media
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4th of July Celebration at the White House

Event Photos: TAPS families participated 4th of July Celebration at the White House in Washington, D.C.

7/4/2022 - TAPS Media
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Independence is Happiness

Freedom is priceless. It should never be taken for granted. My wish for Afghanistan is the feeling of freedom I have found in America.

7/4/2022 - Bushra Farkish
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TAPS Colorado Springs Singer Songwriter Show and Dinner

Event Photos: Fundraiser with world-class entertainment by Pam Tillis, Frank Myers, Jamie O'Neal, David Ernest Malloy, Jimmy Nichols, and Ed Montana.

6/30/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: Tapping and HeartMath: Techniques to Lessen Anxiety and Build Resilience

Video discussion to discuss hands-on wellness tools, such as Tapping and the Heart Coherence procedure from the HeartMath Institute.

6/28/2022 - Neil Goodman
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Young Adults Denver Experience

Event Photos: TAPS young adults gain real-world life skills to help transition into adulthood in Denver, Colorado.

6/26/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Togethers: National Park Fishing Days

Event Photos: Survivors share time in the great outdoors with fellow survivors fly fishing in Marietta, Georgia.

6/25/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS 4-Night Bahamas & Perfect Day at CocoCay Cruise

Event Photos: Military survivors set sail together from Orlando in fellowship on a cruise to the Bahamas.

6/21/2022 - TAPS Media
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Grieving in the Closet

Surviving son shares his complicated experience grieving for his father as a young teen while at the same time discovering his own identity.

6/17/2022 - Chandler Keeling
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter June 2022

June is PTSD Awareness Month and at TAPS, we recognize the importance of having open lines of communication on such difficult topics.

6/15/2022 - TAPS Media
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Healing Trauma in Military Survivors

Home Base and TAPS offer specialized trauma treatment combined with peer-based support to those grieving the loss of a military loved one to suicide.

6/13/2022 - Carla Stumpf Patton
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Stars4TAPS Las Vegas Men's Survivor Experience Presented by the Robert Irvine Foundation

Event Photos: TAPS Surviving Military Men attended the Survivor Experience with Robert Irvine in Las Vegas, Nevada

6/12/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: Supporting Our Kids, Supporting Ourselves

Video discussion to explore Darcie Sims's four grief styles and explore practical ideas for supporting each of the different styles.

6/7/2022 - Tina Barrett
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Celebration of TAPS hosted by Tom and Sharon Chisholm

Event Photos: TAPS fundraiser held in Paramus, New Jersey by hosts Tom and Sharon Chisholm

6/7/2022 - TAPS Media
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Team TAPS at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic

Event Photos: Team TAPS participated June 4 and 5 at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic to raise money and awareness for TAPS.

6/5/2022 - TAPS Media
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28th National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, May 27 - 30, 2022

6/3/2022 - TAPS Media
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Prioritizing Self-Care While Grieving

Here’s how you can best use your time to give yourself as much attention as you give others while you are grieving.

6/2/2022 - Gloria Horsley
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Video: 28th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp Highlights

More than 1200 military survivors, volunteers and staff gathered together for hope and healing in Arlington, Virginia over Memorial Day Weekend.

5/30/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: National Memorial Day Parade

We are grateful to the American Veterans Center and the National Memorial Day Parade for including military surviving families in this special event.

5/30/2022 - National Veterans Center
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Video: Memorial Day Message from Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder

For all of us in the TAPS family, every day is our Memorial Day. As military survivors we are our loved ones living legacies.

5/25/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: Active Healing Through Mentoring

Video discussion on active and passive healing and how taking a step toward peer mentoring can support growth during the grief journey.

5/17/2022 - Audri Beugelsdijk - Jon Ganues - Carole Hilton
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Expressing Your Grief: Healing Through Writing

Scientific evidence suggests a link between therapeutic writing and the successful management of traumatic experiences. Read tips to get started.

5/15/2022 - Stephanie Frogge
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Understanding Your Grief: Ten Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart, Part 2

In this wilderness of your grief, the touchstones are your trail markers. They are the signs that let you know you are on the right path.

5/11/2022 - Alan Wolfelt
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Blue Ridge Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Boone, North Carolina.

5/9/2022 - TAPS Media
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Tribute to the Honorable Robert J. Dole

His precious family, our nation, and our TAPS family will dearly miss TAPS Honorary Board member, the Honorable Robert J. Dole.

5/2/2022 - TAPS
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TAPS Young Adults Program: A Place for Community And Transformative Healing and Growth

If you are a surviving military child or sibling ages 18 - 30 and looking for an understanding and supportive community, join TAPS Young Adults.

5/2/2022 - Joelle Leek
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter May 2022

When one military family member serves, the entire family serves... and sacrifices. We honor you.

5/1/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Family Announces Atlanta Falcons 2nd Round Draft Pick at the 2022 NFL Draft

U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Clifford Valentino Gadsden's family announced the Atlanta Falcons 2nd Round Draft Pick at the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas.

4/29/2022 - TAPS Media
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2021 TAPS Sports & Entertainment Highlight Reel

In light of challenging times, we are even more thankful for the in-person and virtual opportunities that our partners helped provide for our TAPS families.

4/27/2022 - TAPS
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TAPS Honor Guard Gala

Event Photos: TAPS supporters join together in supporting the families of our fallen military members.

4/27/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award

This year's award was presented to Matt Daud, Surviving father of Corporal Christopher Daud, United States Marine Corps.

4/27/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Military Mentor of the Year Award

This year's award was presented to Technical Sergeant Clynton Trewyn, United States Air Force.

4/27/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Honor Guard Gala Congressional Luncheon

Event Photos: TAPS hosted a Congressional Luncheon at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

4/27/2022 - TAPS Media
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A Bittersweet Gift: Finding Comfort in teams4taps

Surviving mother shares how attending TAPS Expeditions, Retreats and teams4taps events has helped her on the journey to healing.

4/25/2022 - Elizabeth Engleman-Hammett
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TAPS Impact Report 2021

We are a family of military survivors ready to embrace and connect all who grieve the death of a military loved one with resources, services and programs.

4/22/2022 - TAPS Impact
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Video: Bonnie Carroll on Finding the Beauty within Tragedy

A conversation between TAPS Founder and President Bonnie Carroll and Robin Gargano held during the Finding the Beauty within Tragedy Summit.

4/20/2022 - Robin Gargano
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Klinger’s Korner: The Strength of the Parent-Child Relationship

Get parenting tips to help your grieving child problem solve, strengthen their sense of security, and provide moral support and encouragement.

4/14/2022 - TAPS
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Video: Finding Your Voice Through Writing

Video discussion on tools and techniques to express yourself via written words while providing an opportunity to heal, grow, and feel empowered.

4/12/2022 - Rachel Kodanaz
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Kids, Grief, and COVID-19

Children and teens have had their world turned inside out during the coronavirus pandemic. Understand the signs of grief and ways to help them heal.

4/11/2022 - Linda Goldman
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Young Adults Charleston Experience

Event Photos: TAPS young adults gain real-world life skills to help transition into adulthood in Charleston, South Carolina.

4/8/2022 - TAPS Media
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Suzanne Youngkin Visit to TAPS Headquarters

Event Photos: First Lady of Virginia Suzanne Youngkin toured TAPS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia

4/5/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: TAPS Family Camps for Surviving Military Families

At our Family Camps we provide care, support, and a lot of fun to help improve communication and family dynamics.

4/4/2022 - TAPS Media
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Windy25 Memorial Fund 5K

Event Photos: TAPS fundraiser at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas to honor the legacy of our courageous heroes and in tribute to the Windy25 flight.

4/2/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2022

Volume 28, Issue 1

4/1/2022 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Giving Back and Paying it Forward

Discover the ways to support TAPS. We also welcome your creative ideas!

4/1/2022 - TAPS
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There Are No Strangers at TAPS

Find support and immerse yourself in the company of those who have the shared experience of grief and loss. Join your TAPS Family.

4/1/2022 - Ellen Andrews
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Helping Surviving Families Achieve Their Post-Secondary Goals

If you or your child are exploring post-secondary education opportunities, TAPS Education Support Services is at the ready to help you navigate the process.

4/1/2022 - TAPS
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter April 2022

TAPS is America's family, and during this Month of the Military Child, we honor our youngest grievers – the children of our nation's fallen heroes.

4/1/2022 - TAPS Media
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Charleston Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Charleston, South Carolina.

4/1/2022 - TAPS Media
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Spring Transformation

Whether it is sitting on a back porch, taking a walk, going on a hike, or opening the window, nature improves our overall well-being.

3/31/2022 - Jason Stout
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Video: Navigating this New Grief and Loss Journey

Video recording discussion to learn strategies, validation, and guidance to help you better understand and cope with your grief journey.

3/29/2022 - Karen Monts
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Online TAPS Events

The updated Online Community allows you to explore all of our online programs – online groups, workshops, and coping skills programs – in one place.

3/28/2022 - TAPS
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Tips to Navigating Complicated Feelings Surrounding the War in Ukraine

Our community of military survivors has a unique, complicated connection to war, and it's okay to not be okay right now. Here are some tips to help cope.

3/25/2022 - Kelly McHugh-Stewart
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Sharing Your Story

Storytelling can be done through our oral stories, but also through writing, painting, collaging, dancing, gardening, and so much more.

3/20/2022 - Rachel Hunsell
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Young Adults New England Experience

Event Photos: TAPS young adults gain real-world life skills to help transition into adulthood in Boston, Massachusetts.

3/11/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: Teton Ridge Foundation Honors TAPS Families at The American Rodeo

Teton Ridge Foundation gave recognition and honor to over 250 surviving military families at The American Rodeo in Arlington, Texas on March 6, 2022.

3/6/2022 - Teton Ridge Foundation
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Alaska Survivor Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Survivors move beyond your comfort zone with the support of others who understand in Anchorage, Alaska.

3/6/2022 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter March 2022

Our hearts remain with all those being impacted around the world. Connect with TAPS as you process these current events while still caring for yourself.

3/2/2022 - TAPS Media
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Mental Health Help: Finding the Right Therapist

If you are grieving the death of a military or veteran loved one, TAPS is here to help connect your to grief counseling or therapy.

3/1/2022 - Karissa Kelley
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Video: How to Talk to Children About Death and Grief

Video discussion on four basic concepts to facilitate a child’s understanding about death and grief and resources for families and caregivers.

3/1/2022 - Marianne Matzo
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Southeast Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida.

2/27/2022 - TAPS Media
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Mental Health Help: Is it the Right Option for Me?

Finding mental health help while grieving can move you forward even though it feels impossible. If you are ready to take the next step, call TAPS.

2/25/2022 - Karissa Kelley
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Tom and Sharon Chisholm Fundraiser

Event Photos: TAPS fundraiser held in Jupiter, Florida by hosts Tom and Sharon Chisholm

2/24/2022 - TAPS Media
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Continuing the Legacy of Love

Read ideas for remaining connected with that person you loved so dearly…strive to know them in a new way and be their footsteps in the world.

2/14/2022 - Audri Beugelsdijk
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter February 2022

Check out what events are happening in February to to help us reinforce our relationship and remain connected with our special person in healthy ways.

2/14/2022 - TAPS Media
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How to Tell Children About a Death

Download our one-page resource that offers age-appropriate words that will help our youngest survivors begin to understand what has transpired.

2/13/2022 - TAPS
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Sedona Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving women create a plan for healing and growth in Sedona, Arizona.

2/11/2022 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps NFL Pro Bowl

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the NFL Pro Bowl Experience in Las Vega, Nevada

2/7/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: Grief Journaling in the New Year

Video recording discussion on writing prompts that will help you chart a course for healthy coping, loving reflection, and self-discovery in 2022.

2/1/2022 - Heather Stang
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Northeast Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

1/30/2022 - TAPS Media
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Video: Coping with Loss when Death is Stigmatized

Video recording discussion on when mourners feel they cannot express their loss fully because of the cultural stigma about how the person died.

1/18/2022 - Kenneth Doka
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter January 2022

As fellow survivors, your TAPS family continually lifts one another up with support and encouragement. Discover the ways to join your TAPS Family in 2022.

1/4/2022 - TAPS Media
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To Resolution or Not to Resolution: Relaxing into the New Year

Rather than struggle against ourselves or set unrealistic expectations this new year, make friends with where you are. Discover some ways help.

1/3/2022 - Audri Beugelsdijk