Gen. Dempsey says TAPS represents best of USA

| April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
Photos and stories of fallen Hawaii-based Soldiers flank a wall in the Ohana Room, the main entrance of the SOS Center, located at the Fort Shafter Aloha Center. (Vanessa Lynch | Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Photos and stories of fallen Hawaii-based Soldiers flank a wall in the Ohana Room, the main entrance of the SOS Center, located at the Fort Shafter Aloha Center. (Vanessa Lynch | Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, signifies all that is good about America, said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Wednesday.

Dempsey said TAPS allows Americans to show their love and appreciation for the sacrifices military families make.

“We try, but we find ourselves inadequate to thank you for what you do,” Dempsey said to a black-tie audience at the nonprofit organization’s annual gala, here.

Bonnie Carroll founded the organization in 1994 after her Soldier-husband and seven others were killed in a plane crash in Alaska. TAPS provides short- and long-term assistance to the families of military members who die.

The group looks to aid grieving family members and holds “Good Grief” camps at many installations.

The organization stresses long-term, peer-based support. It also helps with crisis response and intervention, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources and information.

“This is an organization of a bunch of ordinary Americans and patriots, but they are extraordinary people,” Dempsey said. “It’s about living up to the bond of trust that we all feel — and we should feel it, not just talk about it.”

Survivor Services in Hawaii

Survivor Outreach Services is an Army program developed to better serve the surviving families of the fallen by keeping them connected to the Army for as long as they desire.

SOS provides long-term support, resources and emotional connections. It’s available to all survivors, survivors being the spouses, children, parents, siblings and friends grieving the loss of a Soldier, regardless of how he or she died.

SOS coordinates with military, nongovernmental organizations and the local community to create a support network. All Army component survivors are eligible under the SOS program.For more information on the types of services available to survivors in Hawaii, call Lis Olsen, Army Community Service Outreach director, at 438-9285 or email elisabeth.k.olsen.civ@mail.mil.

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