Terri Jones of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) not only continues to give personal support to families in need, but goes above and beyond to support her community.
Terri Jones is a survivor of military suicide loss, having lost her son, Specialist Jason Cooper, in 2005. Since the loss of her son, she has created a safe space for others to express themselves and heal, dedicating her life to supporting military families who are experiencing grief.
She has acted both personally and professionally to support veterans and their families, first helping to pass the Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, H.R. 327 in 2007 before ultimately joining forces with TAPS to provide care to military families impacted by suicide loss. Terri manages the TAPS Survivor Care Team and has provided seven years of ongoing support for families of the fallen. Her daily engagement with survivors provides them with tools and tailored resources to support each member of the family, including the children, and assists in stabilizing the whole family unit.
Terri is not content to stop helping others at the end of her workday; she tirelessly leans into extra hours in the day to find other ways she can provide support to others. During the COVID-19 crisis, Terri sought online resources to offset isolation for those who are grieving. She has also taken love into action by using her sewing skills to make masks to donate to local hospitals and others who need them. “I have always felt that our purpose to be here was to love one another. Love is the way we’re going to get through this.”
Terri is the calm in many people’s storm and strives to bring healing and hope where those are in short supply. TAPS will receive a donation from New York Life in Terri’s name. Ms. Jones and five others, representing nonprofits across the country, will receive a donation from the company as part of the “Love Takes Action” series for supporting their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the next episode of our new series, "Love Takes Action," featuring Terri Jones here.
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