The tragedy assistance program for survivors receives a $210,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to help grieving military families.

New York Life Sponsors the TAPS Good Grief Camp Over Memorial Day Weekend

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national organization that supports the families of America’s fallen military service members, announced today a $210,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant will support a four day TAPS Good Grief Camp for children and teens being held in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day weekend.

Approximately 500 children and teens are expected to attend this four-day gathering being held May 23-26, 2014. They will participate in age-appropriate bereavement activities that help them cope with the loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces.

“We are deeply grateful to the New York Life Foundation for stepping forward to be a sponsor again this year for the TAPS Good Grief Camp, as we mark our twentieth anniversary assisting families of our fallen troops,” said Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS. “They are truly making a difference in the lives of military children who are grieving the death of a loved one in service to America.”

“We are pleased to continue our partnership by helping TAPS provide an opportunity for children and teens to learn coping skills and establish support systems that we hope will last well beyond the four day experience,” said Maria Collins, vice president, New York Life Foundation. “Providing a safe and supportive environment where campers realize they are not alone is an important part of their grief journey.”

Each child is matched with a trained active duty military service member or recent veteran who serves as his or her mentor for the weekend. The children and teens benefit from the opportunity to forge relationships with other children who have experienced a loss and re-connect with the “military family” culture that most lost after the death of their loved one.

New York Life employees will volunteer on-site over Memorial Day Weekend to assist with activities at the camp, as they have done in the past. The three year partnership has resulted in $785,000 in support to the organization.

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 nearly $185 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.

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 Contact for New York Life Foundation: Lacey Siegel, New York Life, 212-576-7937, Lacey_S_Siegel@NewYorkLife.com

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

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