Human Services

TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS

Caring for the Families of America's Fallen Heroes Since 1994

aka TAPS

Arlington, VA

Mission

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. When a member of America’s armed forces dies, TAPS is on the front lines providing compassionate care to the families left behind.

Ruling Year

1995

Founder and President

Ms. Bonnie Carroll

Main Address

3033 Wilson Blvd Suite 300

Arlington, VA 22201 USA

Keywords

survivor, grief, bereavement, counseling, casualty, taps, military, army, navy, air force, marines, coast guard, NIH, National Guard, Reserves, Alaska, marines, marine corps, marine corps marathon, survivor, survivor seminar, kids grief, kid's camp, peer support, death, Iraq, Afghanistan, pentagon, sudden death, trauma, crisis, toxic exposure, illness, suicide, postvention, prevention, peer based emotional support, peer mentor,

EIN

92-0152268

 Number

6774551576

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

There is a growing population of bereaved military family members. Survivors of a military death face different challenges than their civilian counterparts. Quite often the deaths are the result of a traumatic incident, leaving them coping with the death, military protocol, and subjected to trauma that can predispose them to complicated grief.

For some, there is also the compounded trauma of losing their military community. The loss of community can have a detrimental effect for anyone grieving, but for a military family the loss of community has greater significance. Too often, families return to communities that do not understand the complexities of a military death.

TAPS provides a comprehensive set of services that helps survivors navigate the challenges of a military death and through programming provides an array of events that allow all family members come together as a community to honor their loved one, find hope, and begin the process of healing.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Peer-Based Emotional Support

Casework Assistance

Community Based Care

24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline

National Grief Camps, Retreats and Seminars

Health & Wellness

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Adults

Related program

Peer-Based Emotional Support

Context notes

The TAPS Peer Mentor Program trains survivors 18 months post-loss to mentor newly bereaved survivors.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Adults

Related program

Peer-Based Emotional Support

Context notes

The TAPS Peer Mentor Program trains survivors 18 months post-loss to mentor newly bereaved survivors.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults

Related program

National Grief Camps, Retreats and Seminars

Context notes

Regional seminars and national seminars are inclusive, discussion-based events that include workshops for understanding and processing grief and small-group sharing sessions to connect survivors.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Each day, TAPS receives 17 new survivors seeking connection to grief resources and searching for understanding and comfort in a life that has been shaken from the sudden and traumatic loss of a loved one serving in our nation's Armed Forces. As a nation, it is our sacred duty to honor the service of these men and women by being present and caring for their loved ones left behind. TAPS programs and services are available to anyone who has been affected by the death of a service member, the relationship and the cause of death do not determine eligibility, and all are welcomed into the TAPS family. Through a comprehensive set of services and programs, TAPS stands in the gap with survivors and helps them navigate their new life. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that all surviving family members are connected with appropriate programs and resources.

TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a military loss. TAPS receives no government funding; our services are free to the surviving loved ones we serve. TAPS was created to offer support not available through other service organizations, the military, or the government. The heart of our organization is survivors helping survivors heal; this peer based emotional support is one of the most effective strategies to assist the bereaved. TAPS provides assistance to all those affected by the loss of the military member, not just those defined as dependents or beneficiaries by the Department of Defense.

The structure of TAPS is based on best practices from bereavement studies and is shaped by the response to the growing needs of military survivors. Experienced professionals within their respective fields lead the comprehensive programs and services. TAPS has PhDs, licensed mental health providers, and a staff that has solid education and experience working with bereaved individuals.

TAPS employees are members of national organizations that provide ongoing professional development and monitor licensure requirements.

Programs and services are evaluated through the use of quantitative and qualitative measurements. All programs are developed with the goal of capturing data that will enhance program delivery and effectiveness.

TAPS Helpline is answered live by TAPS at all times - 24/7/365 - with comfort and care from peer professionals who ensure the caller has open access to all that TAPS provides, including case work follow up and community-based resources. TAPS hosts event-based programs across the country that bring surviving loved ones together in a healing environment through facilitated activities focused on coping strategies and peer connections. This core service of TAPS brings together a national family of all who are grieving to share their pain and find hope and healing. The majority of staff at TAPS are survivors of military loss who have first-hand knowledge of the uniqueness of losing a loved one who served our country in uniform. TAPS provides compassionate assistance for all the needs a family may have, including access to pro bono legal assistance, emergency financial resources, information on state and federal survivor benefits, and connections to private social service support.

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Financials

TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No