Another busy weekend for the books, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!
On Saturday I had the pleasure of accompanying my best and dearest friend Holly to the T.A.P.S 20th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp Reception in honor of the families of the fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I haven’t seen Holly since I moved back from Hawaii over two years ago. We talk almost everyday but nothing beats seeing her in person and acting like we do not live 2k miles away from each other. I loved being their for Holly who lost her Husband 9 months ago. She is extremely brave and strong for her and her young son Mason.
Here I met tons of families members who have joined together to remember their loved ones. It was a very emotional weekend. T.A.P.S (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) is an AMAZING organization who “the mission of TAPS is to provide ongoing emotional help, hope, and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America. TAPS is committed to providing compassionate care to all military survivors regardless of their relationship to the deceased or the circumstances or geography of the death. This is done through long-term, peer-based emotional support, crisis response and intervention, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources and information.” The whole weekend they provided seminars and workshops, to help wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, children and siblings deal with the loss of their loved ones. This is all possible due to the outpouring love and support of our fellow Americans.
The theme of this years T.A.P.S 20th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp theme was 1940’s! I failed (I am still mad about this) to bring my camera, I think out of pure excitement to see my friend. All I had to document this amazing event was my good old iPhone, so I apologize in advance.