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Nonprofit organization caring for families of fallen military troops says volunteers are essential


ARLINGTON, Va. – Approximately 720 volunteers assisting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) donated 19,688 hours worth of time to the nonprofit organization in May 2014.  The national value of volunteer time is $22.55 per hour, according to the Independent Sector, and their donated hours are valued at $443,964.40.

“Volunteers are an essential part of our work at TAPS to help grieving military families,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and military widow. “As a nonprofit organization, we know firsthand how volunteers increase our capacity and expand the circle of care and support we provide for bereaved military families.” She added that anyone who would like to volunteer in the future can go to www.taps.org and click on Support TAPS and Volunteer to sign up.

The majority of TAPS volunteers in May were serving as mentors for the TAPS Good Grief Camp program, where 460 active duty service members and recent veterans volunteered for four days over Memorial Day weekend to support 500 children ages 4-19 coping with a military loss. The mentors alone donated 18,400 hours to help bereaved children and teens. 

An additional 221 volunteers support the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp over Memorial Day weekend, involving 2,500 total participants. These volunteers donated 1,005 hours to help support families of our fallen troops who traveled from throughout the country to Washington, DC to experience workshops on coping with grief and loss, support groups and ceremonies honoring our fallen military. 

Some of the organizations providing volunteers for the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp over Memorial Day weekend included title sponsor the New York Life Foundation, and Armed Services Corporation, Arnold Air Society, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, PRISM Resiliency Resources, SAIC, Sodexo, Telos, The Hartford, UPS, USO and UTC.

During Armed Forces Week, Leidos employees and 18 DC United staff members and players assembled TAPS survivor resource kits and donated 139 hours. These kits are customized and mailed to newly-bereaved military families. On average, TAPS in takes about 11 new people per day grieving a military death who receive these support materials. The nonprofit organization embraced more than 4,000 newly-bereaved people grieving military losses last year. 

At the Potomac Hunt Races on May 18, 16 TAPS volunteers donated 128 hours assisting with gates and parking for this event that donated funds and raised awareness for TAPS.

At the Marine Corps Historic Half, 5 TAPS volunteers support the TAPS booth and assisted on race day, donating a total of 16 hours. The TAPS Run & Remember Team participated in the race to honor our fallen troops and raise funds to assist TAPS.

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).

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

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