T.A.P.S. (taps.org) is the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. It's a peer-based support organization for bereaved military families where families help each other work through their grief through a variety of organized programs. Memorial Day weekend is when they hold their Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. This year is the 23rd year. It's basically like a family reunion for survivor families with tons of programming and support activities and opportunities for the families to laugh, cry, fellowship, and help each other work through the loss of loved ones.
Kathy and Miriam are a beautiful example of what TAPS is all about. Through loss, they found each other and now the road they walk is one they walk together, leaning on each other when they need to and finding some happiness on their journey because they're traveling with their best bud.
Please share this post as widely as you can. As surprising as it may seem, there are lots of grieving military families and veteran's groups that do not know that TAPS exists. You may very well have a bereaved military family member in your extended network who is suffering alone because they don't know that this wonderful support organization exists. We are still at war. There are service members in harm's way as you read this. And the tragic reality of that is we continue to produce families that need what TAPS offers.
Share this post with your network to remind everyone that Memorial Day is a holiday that comes with an immeasurable cost. Freedom ain't free. We all need to give some thought to what we can do to help TAPS support the families of the fallen.