The TAPS mission to provide hope and healing to survivors of military loss is central to the programs and services we offer around the country. Programs can range from 2,500 attendees at the National Military Survivor Seminar over Memorial Day to a 20-person retreat exclusively for surviving mothers grieving a son or daughter who served in the military.
The support we receive from TAPS supporters and sponsors is critical when planning for these important gatherings. It also gives the sponsor an opportunity to see TAPS in action. "The transformative effect of these programs is immeasurable for the military survivors," said Lloyd Knight, Director of Government, Aerospace & Project Cargo for UPS. "And, from the perspective of someone bearing witness to the healing that occurs, I am moved beyond words. We will definitely find ways to keep our employees involved with TAPS."
Sponsorships can be coupled with employee volunteer opportunities; social media support; corporate branding on signage and marketing materials used to promote the program; and recognition in the printed program and speaker remarks. We have developed a range of partnership opportunities.
Each year, the TAPS calendar is anchored by two national programs – the National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp and the National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.
With the support of our sponsors, TAPS has provided services to over 60,000 surviving family members and friends since 1994. In 2016, we are on track to engage over 12,000 survivors at 39 events. Please consider opportunities to join us in 2017 as we continue to offer hope and healing to bereaved families.
The National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp is one of TAPS seminal events and connects over 2,000 surviving loved ones with professionals who provide support and assistance. Surviving adults find a caring atmosphere where they can speak about their loved one and share their grief with others who have the common experience of military loss. Younger survivors are cared for in Good Grief Camp by trained youth leaders and military mentors who serve as companions for them while they participate in activities promoting healing and peer support.
The TAPS National Seminar offers a broad range of events appealing to the disparate TAPS Family and each person's stage of grief. In addition to special ceremonies and tours such as the National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery and the Evening Parade at the Marine Corps Barracks, attendees can also sign up to take part in outdoor activities that provide invigorating outlets for grief such as kayaking and rock climbing. Workshops and sharing groups held throughout the seminar are staple, therapeutic components to survivor care.
The National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been recognized by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a critically important healing event for those who have experienced the death of a loved one to suicide in the military.
The seminar is a three day event that is open to all those who are grieving the loss of a service member to suicide. It is specifically designed to address the complex issues associated with grieving a death by suicide. The program takes into account that survivors are at various degrees of their grief process and will differ in their relationship to the deceased, circumstances surrounding the death, and the highly mixed emotions they experience.
While at the event, survivors are invited to participate in workshops and activities hosted by leading experts in suicide loss grief. They develop connections with others facing the same stigmas as they build a network of support and resources and learn to powerfully share their story to increase awareness for this growing concern.
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