Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

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TAPS Mission Statement:
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

TAPS Mission Motto: TAPS offers help, hope, and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s Armed Forces.

The Retired Enlisted Association National Headquarters
TAPS HQ Address/TAPS Map: TAPS Online
3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 630
Arlington, VA 22201
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Telephone: 1-800-959-TAPS (8277) Make a donation TAPS EIN: 92-0152268
TAPS Date Founded: February 18, 1963
TAPS Leadership: Debbie Osborne
President: Bonnie Carroll
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TAPS History:
In November 1992, eight soldiers perished in a C-12 crash in Alaska, including Brigadier General Tom Carroll. No support existed for military families. These survivors found the most powerful comfort from each other, and in 1994, Bonnie Carroll founded TAPS.

Bonnie Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband, Brigadier General Tom Carroll, in an Army C-12 plane crash in 1992. She is a trained critical incident stress debriefer, member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and former board member for ADEC. She has authored numerous articles on grief and trauma.

TAPS is a family of survivors, joining to find strength and hope in the aftermath of the death of al oved one serving in or supporting the military mission. Taps provides care and resources at no cost to all who are grieving a death in the military. Survivors receive immediate and long-term support through TAPS National and Regional Seminars and Retreats; Good Grief Camps and Campouts; matching with trained volunteers that serve as peer mentors; connections to community-based care, including counseling and support group contacts; casework assistance for benefits, emergency financial assistance, and available education benefits; and access to TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline.

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TAPS Membership Eligibility Requirements:
Below are the various membership divisions. Please remember — only the Regular and Veterans Divisions are allowed voting rights, but all divisions reap all other benefits of this great Association supporting our enlisted ranks, past and present.
Membership Divisions

REGULAR DIVISION: Grades E-4 through E-9, in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, active duty, Reserves, National Guard, and retired and separated personnel who held rank of NCO/PO at time of separation from active duty under honorable conditions.

VETERANS DIVISION: Veterans of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, regardless of rank or grade held at time of separation from active duty under honorable conditions.

APPRENTICE DIVISION: Active duty Grades E-1 through E-3 in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

ASSOCIATE DIVISION: Active duty officers who were former NCOs/Pos, NCOs of allied military services, and immediate family members of former members or persons who would have been eligible for membership in the Regular or Veterans Division. Also includes friends of the military who do not qualify for one of the other divisions of the Association.

INTERNATIONAL AUXILIARY: Spouses/former spouses, widows/widowers, and family members 18 years of age or older of enlisted service members, whether active duty, separated, veteran, Reserve or National Guard, in Grades E-1 through E-9.

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Number of Chapters: 75
Members: 20,000

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Annual National Meeting:

TAPS’s 54th Anniversary – National Convention
When: September 6 – 9, 2017
Where: Sheraton, Station Square
300 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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