Friday, August 17, 2012

Raffle for TAPS in memory of Jon Garza

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The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is an organization committed to providing short and long-term support to those families who have lost loved ones in service to our country. Since 1994, TAPS has assisted over 35,000 family members. TAPS uses peer based emotional support, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and grief and trauma resources through their annual events such as National Military Survivor Seminar and their Good Grief camp. The work they do is incredibly important to the morale of those families who have lost someone dear to them.

Teri Smith is a Sr. Subcontracts Manager for Sotera at our Charleston, South Carolina office. TAPS is an important organization to Teri because in 2009, she lost her son, Sergeant Jon Garza, who served in the U.S. Army. Teri and her family decided to donate a used 2002 Honda trike to TAPS who in turn have set up a fundraiser by raffling off the trike. The funds raised will be put towards the Good Grief camps for the children of fallen war heroes as well as funds for transportation to these events.

TAPS is able to provide programs and services to survivors thanks to the generosity of corporations and individuals, such as Teri. TAPS receives absolutely no government funding, but through the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, all families faced with a death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces receive information about TAPS and its military survivor programs.

You can purchase raffle tickets through PayPal at anywhere from 1 for $10 to 15 for $100. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on September 30, 2012 in Washington D.C.

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