For Some, Memorial Day is a 24/7/365 Event — (TAPS)

A garden of stone

Ever so often, I am able to take the time to tell our readers about a worthwhile charity or organization we can all get behind with our support. This Memorial Day is no different. Although the Veterans Administration is embroiled in scandal right now, let’s not forget about the good things it does. While we may all be disappointed with the V.A.’s recent actions, let’s remember it is not about the organization. Rather, it’s what the people, and this post, is about—the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the children of fallen heroes.

As you, your families, and your communities take the time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation this Memorial Day holiday, please keep TAPS in mind. This weekend, more than 500 children who have lost a servicemember parent will come together in Washington, D.C. at the 20th Annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp. At the camp, these military kids will be paired one-on-one with mentors from across the country, many of whom are veterans and servicemembers themselves; and will meet other kids who have experienced a similar loss.

A garden of stone
Arlington National Cemetary

The Department of Veterans Affairs and TAPS recently started working together to ensure surviving family members are connected to their V.A. benefits. This includes the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry Scholarship, which provides Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to children of servicemembers who died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The benefit includes full in-state tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance and books and supplies stipend.

By working with non-profit organizations such as TAPS helps the V.A. stay connected and ensure all eligible dependents know—and use—the Fry Scholarship. Hosting economic competitiveness summits across the country, and launching new online employment tools, the V.A. continues to work hard to connect transitioning servicemembers, veterans and their family members with meaningful employment and rewarding careers.

You can find additional information here.

I hope you will help us spread the word about these important programs and benefits. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

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