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Immediate Release – June 30, 2014


Arlington - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) congratulates Robert A. McDonald upon his nomination by President Obama to become Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), today.


“Mr. McDonald, once confirmed, will have a tremendous opportunity to transform care for our nation’s veterans and their families,” said Bonnie Carroll, Founder and President of TAPS. “His background as a veteran and his broad experience leading a complex organization will prepare him for the challenges ahead.


TAPS is a strong partner with the VA in areas of critical importance to the families of the fallen, including all survivor benefits, Vet Center grief counseling services, the serviceman’s group life insurance program, and the dependent’s education assistance program to assist in addressing the needs of the surviving families of our nation’s fallen service members.


In his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln joined a war weary nation with these words, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”

Since 1865, the VA has focused attention on the surviving families of our nation’s warriors and over the past two decades, TAPS has proudly partnered to meet the mission.  We stand ready to support the new leadership at the VA and move forward into the future.

About TAPS
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and currently provides ongoing support to over 50,000 surviving family members of our fallen military since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps and camp outs for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

Media contacts: Ami Neiberger-Miller or James Hutton, 202.588.8277, ami@taps.org, james.hutton@taps.org

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