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The New York Life Foundation Awards a $250,000 Grant To Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors To Provide Bereavement Support Services

Company is the Title Sponsor of 18th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp to Be Held on Memorial Day Weekend

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 23, 2012 – The New York Life Foundation announced today a $250,000 grant to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization that supports the families of America’s fallen military personnel. The funding supports TAPS bereavement services at its upcoming 18th annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp 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.

"It takes a community of care and support to help the families left behind by our fallen military service members,” said Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS. “We are deeply grateful to the New York Life Foundation for stepping forward to be a title sponsor of the 18th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar. 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."

"We are honored to help provide vital resources to military families who, all too often, face the death of a loved one," said Chris Park, president of the New York Life Foundation. "The funding directly helps both children and adults who have experienced a death and provides training for volunteers and professionals who work with grieving families. The benefits from the weekend's activities will be long-lasting and hopefully assist in each individual’s grief journey."

The grant supports the following weekend activities:

  • 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.
  • Good Grief Camp – More than 400 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. They 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.

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, 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 35,000 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 $155 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 Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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