Sunday, November 09, 2008
www.taps.org Gets a New Look and Offers Better Online Resources for Hurting Families
Families who've lost loved ones serving in the military turn to TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, to connect with others who've experienced similar losses. Now finding help will be a little easier - thanks to a new website going online at www.taps.org on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008.
The new site will be easier to navigate and offer better support for the rapidly growing network of surviving families who seek to connect through TAPS from all over the country, and even around the world. The TAPS website provides virtual support through its online community with real-time chats. It also offers online discussion forums on a host of topics that are available 24-7. Grief and trauma resources are posted online for family members, casualty officers, chaplains, and anyone supporting a family that has lost someone serving in the military. The popular Baghdad bracelets, which are sold as a fundraiser to help provide services for families, will also continue to be sold on the site. Check out our new look by visiting www.taps.org on Veterans Day.
TAPS provides ongoing emotional help, hope, and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography, or circumstance of the death. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources. Services are provided free of charge. Since its founding in 1994 by a group of surviving military families who lost their loved ones in a military plane crash, TAPS has provided help and support to more than 25,000 surviving family members. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free crisis line at 800.959.TAPS.