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Helping Grieving Military Families: New York Life Foundation Awards a $325,000 Grant to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

New York Life is the Title Sponsor of 19th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp Over Memorial Day Weekend in May 2013

Company Also Sponsors Programs for Children & Teens at the National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar in Colorado in November 2013

NEW YORK, May 20, 2013—The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization that supports the families of America’s fallen military personnel, announced today a $325,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant will support TAPS’s bereavement services for adults and children at its 19th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors to be held in Washington, D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend this four-day gathering being held May 24-27.

“We are deeply grateful to the New York Life Foundation for stepping forward to be a title sponsor again this year for the 19th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar,” said Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS. “They are truly making a difference in the lives of military families who are grieving the death of a loved one in service to America.” The Foundation’s funding will also support the child and teen programming at the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp being held November 1-3 in Colorado Springs. This program supports families who are grieving the death by suicide of a loved one who served in the military.

“We continue our support of TAPS to bring these critical bereavement services to military families, which provide adults and children immediate and long-term emotional help, hope and healing,” said Maria Collins, senior program officer, New York Life Foundation.

Volunteers from New York Life will also be part of each program.

The grant supports the following Memorial Day weekend activities:

  • TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar—Nationally known speakers and trained grief professionals will lead workshops with the grieving adults, who will also participate in support groups, exhibits and remembrance rituals.
  • TAPS Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors—Approximately 500 children and teens will participate in age-appropriate bereavement activities that help them cope with the loss of a loved one. Each child is matched with a trained military service member or recent veteran who acts as his or her mentor for the weekend. The children benefit from the opportunity to forge relationships with other children who have experienced a loss and re-connect with the “military family” environment.
  • Workshops for Professionals—Instruction will be provided to professionals working with military survivors, which include chaplains, casualty and mortuary staff, family support group leaders, commanders, military mental health personnel, medical staff, funeral directors, and therapists.

Carroll noted that the organization was also pleased to receive the New York Life Foundation’s support for programs assisting children and teens grieving the death by suicide of a loved one who served in the armed forces. “We are seeing an increase in the number of families coming to TAPS grieving a suicide loss, with at least two to four people per day contacting us for care and support after a death by suicide. These programs to help grieving military families get on their feet again after tragedy are needed and appreciated.”

About TAPS
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, 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 was founded in 1994 by surviving military families following the deaths of their loved ones in a military plane crash. TAPS has offered comfort and care to more than 40,000 survivors and caregivers since its founding. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free 24/7 resource and information helpline at 800.959.TAPS.

About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $168 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.