USO/TAPS GOOD GRIEF CAMP OUT OFFERS COMFORT FOR CHILDREN GRIEVING A MILITARY DEATHChildren of our fallen military experience three-day, two-night camp near Fort HoodMedia opportunity available Wednesday, August 15, 2 -3 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2012
KILLEEN, Texas - The children of our fallen military service members don’t have to grieve alone – they can find help and support at the USO/TAPS Good Grief Camp Out being held August 14-16, 2012, near Fort Hood. Organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the camp offers specialized support for children grieving a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces.
The three-day, two-night USO/TAPS Good Grief Camp Out experience is filled with traditional and fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support. Children build peer connections and find support in knowing that there are other children who understand what they are feeling and experiencing. Grieving children leave camp with coping skills for dealing with their losses that last long after camp ends.
WHO: USO/TAPS Good Grief Camp OutWHAT: Three-day, two-night camping program to assist children ages 6-17 grieving the death of a loved one who served in the U.S. militaryWHERE: Parrie Haynes Ranch, 201 Gann Branch Road, Killeen, Texas 76549, phone for directions (254) 554-3970. The ranch is 13 miles south of Killeen.WHEN: Wednesday, August 15, 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. PHOTO/VIDEO: Media will be able to film teens at the camp using the zip line and doing a ropes course as they build connections with each other and life skills that help them cope with loss. MEDIA CONTACT: Ami Neiberger-Miller, 202.588.8277, email@example.com
About TAPSThe Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, 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. TAPS has offered support to more than 35,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and the caregivers assisting them since 1994. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 800.959.TAPS (8277).
About the USOThe USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, jcpenney, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft Corporation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.
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