TAPS and New York Life
Grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces or as a result of their service requires a compassionate support system. Since 1994, The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has been there to provide kindness and care to all those grieving a military loss, and has assisted more than 85,000 surviving families, casualty officers, and caregivers. The TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline is always available toll-free (800-959-8277) with support and resources. The New York Life Foundation has partnered with TAPS for eight years, supporting programs and Good Grief Camps for young survivors, providing more than $4 mil in grant support to date.
"The incredibly positive role TAPS is playing in their lives was clear to see. I was also so inspired by the motivated volunteers who bring TAPS programs to life.” - Jack James
Recently, New York Life hosted a congressional cocktail reception in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 25th anniversary of TAPS. In attendance were New York Life’s Office of Governmental Affairs, the New York Life Foundation, and TAPS leaders as well as 120 New York Life agents, about 20 members of Congress, and several surviving family members. “I was honored to participate in New York Life’s reception in honor of the 25th Anniversary of TAPS,” says NYL Direct's Jack James, who is also a colonel in the New York Army National Guard. “It was humbling to spend time with some amazing children who had lost their fathers in service to our country. The incredibly positive role TAPS was playing in their lives was clear to see. I was also so inspired by the motivated volunteers who bring TAPS programs to life.”
Throughout the year the New York Life Foundation supports TAPS events across the country providing New York Life employees and agents opportunities to volunteer and give back to TAPS in their own local communities.
The New York Life Foundation’s longstanding support of TAPS was recently highlighted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
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