WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. We have assisted over 60,000 surviving family members, casualty officers, and caregivers.
- For Survivors- You love someone who served our country. Then tragedy hit. And now your loved one is gone. You are a survivor, a person trying to figure out what is next. We are here for you. You are not alone.
- For Professionals- You are a caregiver - whether you carry the title grief counselor, military chaplain or casualty assistance officer. You bring care, compassion and support to others. You make yourself available, sometimes at a moment’s notice, to lend your time, expertise and support to families and loved ones who are grieving the death of someone who served in the military.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
The death of a loved one who served in the military can turn your normal life upside down. Sometimes even your friends can’t understand what you are going through after the death of your loved one, because they haven’t been where you are. You may feel isolated, lonely or just plain sad. Grief is a normal response to loving someone and losing them, but it can hurt so much. And it may not just be you who is hurting. Other people in your life that you love may also be in pain, and you are not quite sure what to do or how to help them. Wherever you are at - you are not alone. TAPS welcomes anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military - regardless of where they died or how they died. If you are hurting, we are here for you. We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. We know that military loss can feel very different, from other types of loss in your life. There is a public meaning often assigned to the death. You may have questions about the death, feelings you aren't sure how to process.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
Since 1994, TAPS has been on the front line providing comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
- Survivors receive immediate and long term support through our National and Regional Seminars and Retreats for adults
- Good Grief Camps for children and teens
- One-on-one support through our volunteer, trained peer-mentors
- Connections to community-based care including counseling and support group contacts
- Casework assistance for benefits
- Emergency financial assistance
- Legal assistance
- Education benefits
- National Military Survivor Helpline
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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