Webinar: Finding Meaning in Afghanistan

add to outlook calendar add to gmail calendar August 20, 2021, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Eastern
Course Available

The true lessons of war are not in what our warriors died for but for what, and for whom, they lived. ~ Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, TAPS

The last several weeks have been heartbreaking for the people of Afghanistan, the military men and women who served, their families, our nation, and the world. Join TAPS for a panel discussion and hear from different voices on how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is affecting military loss survivors, veterans, and military families. Current events reveal shocking images and the powerful experiences of those impacted are awakening feelings of hurt, grief, depression, anxiety, anger, and confusion for many who served or love someone who served.

This panel will share perspectives through different experiences and explore how each of us can hold on to hope to make meaning in honor of the life and service our loved ones gave to our great nation.


Panel of Speakers



  • Kelly McHugh-Stewart, Surviving Family Member of Loss in Afghanistan
  • Michelle Quinn, International Stability Operations Association
  • Colonel Abdul Hadi Barakzai, Defence/Military & Air Attaché, Embassy of Afghanistan
  • Koby Langley, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces
  • Ryan Kules, Combat Stress Recovery Program, Wounded Warrior Project
  • Hannah Sinoway, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, Blue Star Families
  • Ryan Manion, Travis Manion Foundation
  • Karen Guenther, President, CEO and Founder, Semper Fi & America's Fund
  • Lauren Augustine, Student Veterans of America


Special Guest

Therese A. Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT, Founder and Clinical Director, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss



Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors


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, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are 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. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more 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.

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.