Webinar: Understanding Toxic Exposure Illness

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Live Webinar

Special Note: This webinar has been postponed to a later date. If you would like to be notified when the new date is scheduled, please send an email to institute@taps.org. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, this webinar with presenter Coleen Bowman, TAPS Senior Advisor on Toxic Exposure Loss, and moderator Grace Seamon-Lahiff, TAPS Program Evaluation Manager, Impact Assessment and Research, is ideal for all military survivors who lost their loved one due to illness. Learners attending this webinar will hear personal stories from TAPS illness loss survivors, information on current research and the future of Toxic Exposure Illness (TEI) initiatives.



Colleen Bowman
Coleen Bowman Coleen Bowman is TAPS Senior Advisor on Toxic Exposure Loss. Coleen's husband Rob was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer caused by toxins he was exposed to while deployed to Iraq. Since his death, Colleen has served as an advocate for families like her own, working one-on-one with survivors who have suffered similar losses. She has become a trusted resource for survivors who share the tragic stories of how their loved ones suffered and died because of exposure to burn pits and other toxins. Coleen continues her efforts with the help of TAPS to build awareness and help those caregivers and survivors impacted by toxic exposures. In 2015, Coleen had the honor of testifying before The Defense Health Board to raise awareness of this critical issue. She has published many articles about her experience and has been interviewed by The New York Times and most recently, on the popular news program, "Matter of Fact" with Soledad O'Brien.
Grace Seamon-Lahiff
Grace Seamon-Lahiff Grace Seamon-Lahiff serves TAPS as the Program Evaluation Manager working in Impact Assessment and Research. Grace has worked in both health care and outpatient mental health care settings providing therapeutic services, connecting clients to appropriate treatment facilities, creating prevention and intervention education classes based on community culture values, and collaborating with physicians, mental health professionals, and other care providers in order to ensure that clients are receiving comprehensive, quality education and care. More recently, she has used her research experience to market and develop a preventative mental health education curriculum for the Marine Corps based on existing Marine Corps skills and values and the skills and theory found in experiential therapeutic practices and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has also received formal training in project management from Syracuse University.

Program Details

This webinar is free and open to the public. Continuing education credit is not available for this program. 


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military and civilian families.

Through an alliance with the Hospice Foundation of America, the foremost leader in professional grief and loss education, the Institute will serve as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration between professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss will be accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

TAPS has teamed with the Hospice Foundation of America to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey. Together at the Institute, the two organizations will provide workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to train professionals and help individuals and families thrive after loss.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.