The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors receives a $1.15 million grant from the New York Life Foundation.

New York Life sponsors TAPS Good Grief Camps and provides scholarships to attend. 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2015
 

ARLINGTON, Virginia—The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the national organization that supports the families of America’s fallen military service members, announced today that they received a $1.15 million grant from the New York Life Foundation. The grant supports a four-day TAPS Good Grief Camp for children and teens. The funding will also provide families and mentors with assistance for travel expenses.

Approximately 500 children and teens are expected to attend this four-day gathering being held in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25, 2015. 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. In addition, children and teens will have the opportunity to participate in fun group events where they can bond with their peers and military mentors. New York Life employees will donate their time to assist with the weekend activities as they have since the partnership began in 2012.

“We are deeply grateful to the New York Life Foundation for stepping forward to once again sponsor the TAPS Good Grief Camp, as we help grieving families remember the love, celebrate the life, and share the journey,” said Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS. “The New York Life Foundation continues to help TAPS provide comfort and care to children of our fallen heroes.”

“The care, support, and hope that TAPS provides to bereaved children and their families is immeasurable. TAPS provides a safe and compassionate environment for families to come together to share their grief and learn from one another,” said Maria Collins, vice president, New York Life Foundation. “We are pleased to help military families and mentors benefit from an experience that can change their lives for the better.”

Each child is matched with a trained active duty military service member or recent veteran to serve as a 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.

The grant will also support the TAPS Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors that will take place at the National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar in October. This camp is an opportunity for kids to connect and share with other kids experiencing a similar loss, with a focus on coping with suicide and the stigma around it. Scholarships will be given to families and mentors who otherwise may be unable to attend.

On average, one active duty service member and 22 veterans complete suicide every day. TAPS has 5,000 family members who are coping with a suicide loss in their care, and that number grows each week. From 2013 to 2014, the National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors saw an increase from 530 participants to 660. This past year, both were at capacity with a waitlist. Unfortunately, TAPS anticipates similar increases in the years ahead.

With the addition of this multi-year grant, the New York Life Foundation has given TAPS nearly $2 million in support.


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 $200 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. 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: Kelly Griffith, TAPS, 919-418-5850, kelly.griffith@taps.org

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