His work for families of our fallen troops, veterans, service members will be missed, says TAPS founder
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) issues the following statement on the death of TAPS supporter and noted veteran advocate Steve Robinson:
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Steve Robinson. He was devoted to supporting our troops, veterans and military families, and he cared deeply about the families our fallen troops leave behind,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and military widow. “Our thoughts and support go out to his family and friends as they mourn his passing.”
“Steve was a tireless advocate and support for TAPS and our work to help grieving military families,” said Carroll. “He was concerned about mental health issues, suicide prevention and the readiness of our Armed Forces. He was a tireless advocate for our military and veterans to have the best mental health care and support available, and he will be missed.”
At the time of his death, Robinson was the vice president for external veteran affairs at Prudential Financial, where he focused on veteran employment.
“Steve was passionate about the front line services TAPS provides and engaged Prudential Financial in partnering with TAPS to support the National Military Survivor Helpline, 1-800-959-TAPS (8277),” said Carroll.
Answered live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by peer professionals, the TAPS National Military Survivor helpline provides critically needed support around the clock to bereaved military families.
The helpline frequently assists bereaved military families who are struggling to cope with a devastating loss. In 2013, the TAPS National Military Survivor Helpline received 11,463 calls. It averaged 955 calls per month or 31 calls per day.
Robinson also served on the board of directors for USO Metro Washington and as a military and veteran advisor for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and as a member of the board of advisers for the Call of Duty Endowment.
He was a retired Army non-commissioned officer with twenty years of service (1981 to 2001) in conventional and Special Operations assignments including: 1/75th Ranger Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, 1/10th Special Forces, 8th Infantry Division, Ranger Instructor, 6th Ranger Training Brigade, Long Range Surveillance Detachment Team Leader in Korea, ROTC Instructor, and finally in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a briefer and analyst on health effects which arose out of the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
After retiring in October 2001 from the military, Robinson became an advocate for veterans and their families, working with several nonprofits to support policies that assist service members and their families. He served on the Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses and was a special advisor on chemical and biological weapons exposures to Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans.
As a subject matter expert, Robinson testified numerous times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on matters pertaining to suicide, post-traumatic stress, mental health and the resiliency of the Armed Forces.
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 has offered support to more than 50,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps 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).