Over the past 15 years, there have been an average of close to 2,000 service members die each year, most of those in accidents that are often sudden and violent. TAPS has developed extensive mechanisms to help families and military personnel cope and recover and provides these services 24 hours a day.
The program has recently been recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veteran Service Organization and by the American Red Cross and the Department of Defense as an official referral resource. The following gives a general outline of the services TAPS provides at no cost to all survivors:
Peer support: Those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty may become part of the TAPS national survivor network. These family members and friends share their pain and fears in a supportive environment and help each other heal.
Crisis Intervention: A network of trained crisis response professionals is now on call in each state 24 hours a day through 1-800-959-8277. They bring a wealth of compassion and experience to critical incident stress and trauma and are there to help survivors understand the reactions they are having to their sudden loss.
Case Workers: Assistance such as that offered by Casualty Officers immediately after a line of duty death is provided by TAPS long after the official file has been closed. For families, tracking information through an often complicated bureaucracy can be challenging on a good day and under emotional stress, becomes overwhelming. TAPS has case workers who can help.
Grief Counseling: We are members of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the International Association of Trauma Counselors, and we're able to offer referral to bereavement counselors and support systems throughout the nation.
TAPS is here for you; please call on us!