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Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll is the founder and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She is the widow of Army Brigadier General Tom Carroll, who died in a military aviation accident in 1992 and founded TAPS in 1994 alongside other military families. TAPS offers comfort and care to anyone grieving a loved one who died while serving in the military. More information about TAPS is available at

Entries by Bonnie Carroll

Who Is Memorial Day for?

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:38 PM


Who is Memorial Day for? It's for all of us. It's for all Americans to remember we enjoy our many freedoms because of a brave few who dedicated their lives to this country and who died much too soon from wounds seen and...

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Tips for Coping With Traumatic Loss: Non-Profit Assisting Bereaved Military Families Shares Advice

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy, but a sudden and traumatic loss can raise special concerns for the family members and friends left behind. Aviation tragedies, combat, homicide and other types of violent deaths can be particularly difficult. These deaths are unexpected and survivors must...

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The Meaning of Memorial Day: A Military Widow Reflects on Life, Loss and Moving Forward

(52) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 1:15 PM

For so many people, Memorial Day is about the start of summer, family cookouts and trips to the beach. And while all those things celebrate the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans, for the families of our fallen troops Memorial Day is deeply personal.

It's a day when I remember...

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The Military Caregiver Peer Network: Helping Our Nation's Hidden Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:16 AM

In each generation, our nation has witnessed the selfless few who step forward to answer the call to duty and defend freedom both at home and abroad. Every day while serving they can be subjected to risks and toils that result in lifelong impacts upon their health. Wounds, illnesses and...

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How to Help Grieving Military Children

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 9:43 AM

November 21st was National Children's Grief Awareness Day, when we talk about how we can better support children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. At the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), we specialize in supporting military children who are grieving...

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Suicide in the Armed Forces: Helping Grieving Military Families Pick Up the Pieces

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 3:59 PM

Every day, three to four people contact the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) for the very first time seeking help and support in coping with the death by suicide of a loved one who served in our Armed Forces. They join the more than 4,000...

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16 Ways to Support Children Coping With Loss

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 9:24 AM

The holidays can be a magical time of year, but for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or another significant person in their lives, the holiday season can be an emotional minefield. It also poses challenges for still-grieving family members and caregivers around them.

The holiday...

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Supporting Grieving Military Children: What We All Need to Know

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 10:23 AM

November 15 is National Children's Grief Awareness Day. At the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), we provide comfort and care to anyone grieving the death of a loved one every day, but we take today to recognize the special challenges that military children face after losing a parent, and...

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The Financial Aftermath of Military Loss: Helping Families Build a 'New Normal'

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 3:38 PM

After Carole Hilton's Navy husband died suddenly, the widowed mother of three had to make a number of financial decisions immediately, while she was preparing to bury her husband. As she details in a recent podcast, she worried she might make a mistake that would hurt her family's...

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Memorial Day: Honoring All Who Served and Died for Their Country

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2012 | 5:57 PM

Each year before Memorial Day, the soldiers of the Old Guard place thousands of flags on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. The annual "flags in" ceremony honors each headstone with an American flag, the same national symbol that covers a service member's casket at his or her funeral.


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The Families of Our Fallen Military: Rebuilding Lives After Loss

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 11:59 AM

It starts with a knock at the door. Two uniformed officers are standing outside, and they ask to come in. Before they speak, the family knows what will be said. They are just hoping it's not true. Then they hear the words, "We regret to inform you..." and the life...

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