TAPS Organizers Hope Thousands Will Post Thank You Notes, Photos and Videos Before Memorial Day
WASHINGTON – March 9, 2011 — Less than one percent of Americans today serve in the military but anyone can express their gratitude and support for the families of our fallen military through a new website at www.GiveAThousandThanks.org.
Organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the Give a Thousand Thanks project aims to collect thousands of messages, photos and videos from across the country that remind the loved ones left behind after a service member dies that America remembers and appreciates the service and sacrifice their families have made.
The Give a Thousand Thanks website (www.GiveAThousandThanks.org) is easy to use and anyone can post a thank you message, photo or video. All submissions are reviewed. Easy tools enable site visitors to share the project website on Facebook and Twitter with their friends.
“Saying ’thank you’ may seem simple, but it reminds survivors that their loved ones and the sacrifices they have made are not forgotten,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and chairman. “People often ask us what they can do to help military families who have experienced the death of a service member. Expressing your gratitude is a great first step.”
The site’s “Thanks in Action” page lists other ways to get involved in helping the families of our fallen military. Users can learn about how to volunteer, donate to support TAPS services for surviving families, join the TAPS Run & Remember Team or purchase a Baghdad bracelet to wear.
“Community support plays a role in helping surviving families. It takes five to seven years for survivors of traumatic loss to reach their new normal. No one should have to make that journey alone,” said Carroll. “The Give a Thousand Thanks project gives America a way to show its care and support for these families who have sacrificed so much for their country.”
The Give a Thousand Thanks project was a natural fit for Telos® Corporation. “We originally got involved with TAPS three years ago, when one of our employees had a friend go through losing a loved one who served in Iraq. The family turned to TAPS for help in coping with their loss,” said John Wood, CEO of Telos Corporation.
“We saw what TAPS does for the families of our fallen military, so we began donating to TAPS and built a relationship with their staff and families,” said Wood. ”Lending our technical expertise to assist TAPS with a website for the Give a Thousand Thanks project is something we are very happy to do. We hope thousands of people will post a thank you message, photo or video for the families to see.”
The messages, photos and videos posted on the site will be displayed at the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp being held near Washington over Memorial Day weekend, where they will be seen by hundreds of surviving families of our fallen military. Postcards can also be mailed in and will be displayed at the event.
The website will gain additional functionalities in a few weeks, including an interactive map showing the locations of participants, as well as a search function and running tally of the number of messages, photos and videos submitted.
The Give a Thousand Thanks project is organized nationally by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the military. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, and 24/7 crisis care for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. Founded in 1994 out of tragedy by bereaved military families, the nonprofit organization has offered support to more than 30,000 people. For more information go to www.taps.org or call toll-free 800.959.TAPS.
About Telos Corporation
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For more information about the Give a Thousand Thanks project, go to www.GiveAThousandThanks.org