TAPS doesn't have enough 'Good Grief Camp' mentors. Can you help?

Elizabeth Howe
May 14, 2019 - 10:53 am
TAPS seeks ‘Good Grief Camp’ mentors

Photo courtesy of Veterans Affairs

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Good Grief Camp is coming up Memorial Day weekend — and the organization is short on camp mentors. 

TAPS works to provide resources and programs to those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the military. The organization has assisted more than 85,000 survivors.

For 25 years, they've hosted a National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp in Arlington, Virginia over Memorial Day weekend. While parents meet and connect with other survivors at the National Military Survivor Seminar, children and teens spend the weekend in a safe environment, developing coping skills and learning how to honor those who have been lost. 

Each of the roughly 600 children who attend the camp is paired with a veteran Military Mentor. With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, TAPS still needs more mentors. 

Mentors are trained by TAPS staff and work with kids ages 4 to 18 designing engaging lessons and activities, providing one-on-one support, and helping kids honor loved ones. 

“It is not easy to mentor, but nothing worthwhile ever is," said Major Peter Mask, Good Grief Camp mentor. "You will fall in love with the families and form relationships that will last forever. I love how you go to a TAPS event as strangers and when it ends, you leave as family —it truly is magical.” 

Interested? Register here or contact mentors@taps.org for more information.

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