TAPS Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors

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NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, 1777 F St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC  20006.  (800)959-TAPS(8277).  This HELP LINE is available 24/7.

After the loss of her husband, Bonnie Carroll founded a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, calling it TAPS in 1994.  She spent two years researching bereavement counseling before forming this not-for-profit organization.  Her peer-based support group TAPS is the result of her study. The care that this incredible organization offers for the families of our fallen heroes is impressive.  Continue reading TAPS Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 22, 2014.

If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the suicide rate among Veterans is 22 per day.

This Saturday, November 22, 2014, is the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing suicide.  On their official site, (AFSP.org) a schedule of events in your area can be viewed. Continue reading International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 22, 2014.

NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza

 55 Water Street, New York, NY  10041

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Last week when I was in New York, I visited The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.  I had no idea how powerful that morning would be.

While walking around the site, I was caught up in the solemn and respectful experience this 90,000 square foot plaza stands for.  I was moved by what Mayor Koch and others were hoping to express in May 1985, on the tenth anniversary after the conclusion of the Vietnam era.  A dedication and parade were planned to officially  welcome home Vietnam Veterans.  Veterans who had not, in my opinion, received a positive reception.  At least that is not how I remember it.  Continue reading NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza

New VA Outpatient Clinic in Colorado Springs

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   Colorado Springs VA Outpatient Clinic

3141 Centennial Blvd., Colorado Springs 80907

I am happy to report a recent addition has been added to benefit our veteran population!  A brand new VA Outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs has opened for their community-based patients .  After walking through this beautiful space and speaking with some of the volunteers manning the front desk, it was apparent they were proud to be part of this contemporary facility. Continue reading New VA Outpatient Clinic in Colorado Springs

How are you honoring a Veteran for Veterans Day?

November 11, 2014 is Veterans Day.

Although Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor all American Veterans both living and dead in all wars or peacetime, it is a day to especially give thanks to our living Veterans.

Since I have recently joined TeamRWB.org, some friends and I are  participating  on Saturday, November 8th in the 6th Annual Denver Veterans Day 5K/10K @ Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado.  It is hosted by Colorado Veterans Project.  What better way to have the opportunity to show my gratitude in person and say:

“Thank you for what you have done for our country.”

Continue reading How are you honoring a Veteran for Veterans Day?