Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Each Memorial Day, our country remembers those who have served and died. As we reflect on the costs of freedom, survivors come together to tell stories of their fallen heroes. They name their loved ones, celebrate their lives and decide again to live bigger and better on their behalf.

During the days, survivors will have the opportunity to participate in activities, workshops led by experts in grief and loss, and small-group sharing sessions. Over family-style meals and while participating in special events throughout Washington, D.C., they will meet and connect with other survivors.

Volunteers are at the very heart of TAPS, and they are essential for a successful seminar weekend. There are many volunteer opportunities available throughout the weekend:

  • Greeting survivors arriving at Reagan National Airport
  • Seminar Setup
  • Registration Check-in
  • TAPS Store
  • Mini Events Setup & Breakdown 
  • Daily Seminar Logistics

The age requirement for this event is 18 and above. 

Upon arrival a yellow volunteer TAPS t-shirt and name tag will be provided. Volunteers are welcome to join TAPS staff for meals during their shift. A final detailed email will be sent to volunteers before the event with all of the information needed. Please email [email protected] with further questions.

Please join us as we remind TAPS families that a grateful nation never forgets! Thank you for your support.

Created by:   Liza Feiler
 
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EDT) Available Slot
05/24/2022 (Tue.) Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  10:00am - 1:00pm  

TAPS Bag Stuffers (8)

Volunteers work to add content to bags, sort shirts and assist with inventory.

 
All slots filled
Donna Vanessa Wilson
Girl Scouts
Nelson Valentín
International Association for Minority Veterans
Kimberly Shirley (2)
U.S. Army Veteran
Jennifer Harlow
Magellan Federal
Kristina Swingle
Swingle Family
Matt Swingle
Swingle Family
Karen Swingle
Swingle Family
1:00pm - 4:00pm  

TAPS Bag Stuffers (6)

Volunteers work to add content to bags, sort shirts and assist with inventory.

 
All slots filled
Donna Osborne Osborne
USO
Donna Vanessa Wilson
Girl Scouts
Nelson Valentín
International Association of Minority Veterans
Bella Canty
Army
Kimberly Shirley (2)
U.S. Army Veteran
05/25/2022 (Wed.) Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  8:00am - 11:00am  

TAPS Art Hallway (6)

Assisting hanging art work and photos created to welcome survivors.

 
3 of 6 slots filled
Kayla Oats
USAF Honor guard
Anthon Lane
Navy Retired
Michelle Williams
Magellan Health

Seminar Load In & Setup (10)

Volunteers will assist staff with the unpacking and organizing of supplies.

 
8 of 10 slots filled
Lorrie Brown
US Army (Ret) & Daughters of the American Revolution
David Brown
US Army (Ret)
Ann Badway
Daughters of American Revolution
Sandy Todd
Daughters of the American Revolution; Spouse of Ret. U.S. Naval Officer
Eugenia McGroarty
Anna Maria Fitzhugh Chapter NSDAR
Bryan Thorpe
USAF/ANG Command Center
Nancy Jennings
DAR
David Murray
GWVeterans
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA 11:00am - 2:00pm  

Seminar Load In & Setup (10)

Volunteers will assist staff with the unpacking and organizing of supplies.

 
7 of 10 slots filled
Lorrie Brown
US Army (Ret) & Daughters of the American Revolution
David Brown
US Army (Ret)
Anthon Lane
Navy Retired
Ann Badway
Daughters of American Revolution
Michelle Williams
Magellan Federal
Monica Williams
Magellan Federal
David Murray
GWVeterans
05/26/2022 (Thu.) Reagan National Airport (Terminal A Baggage Claim), Arlington, VA  10:00am - 1:30pm  

Greeter at Airport for Arriving TAPS Families (10)

Volunteers work with TAPS staff serving as greeters to surviving family members arriving at airport. Providing a friendly face and warm welcome will set the tone for the weekend.

 
All slots filled
Christine Boltz
USO/DCA
Pat Finnegan
USO Reagan Airport
Doug Wreath
DCA USO
Tiffani Brown
ECS
Gerhart Keller
retired
Larry Doff
Self
Carleen Aubee
Board of Veterans Appeals
Jackie Connolly
Board of Veterans' Appeals
Joseph Greenleaf
US Small Business Administration
David Courter
USO DCA
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  11:00am - 1:00pm  

Registration Desk (6)

Volunteers will assist staff at registration desk with assignments and items to hand out.

 
All slots filled
Barbara Beach
USO
Raiesha Atwater
Air Force
Anthon Lane
Navy Retired
Erika Rabidoux
Air National Guard
David Murray
GWVeterans
Kayla Oats
USAF Honor Guard
11:00am - 1:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Patty Caggiano
American legion auxiliary
Damon Mackin
USAF HG
1:00pm - 3:00pm  

Registration Desk (6)

Volunteers will assist staff at registration desk with assignments and items to hand out.

 
4 of 6 slots filled
Erika Rabidoux
Air National Guard
Duane Hess
ECS
Lindsay Vrba
TAPS survivor
David Murray
GWVeterans
1:00pm - 4:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Patty Caggiano
American legion auxiliary
DeNiro Edon
U.S.C.G. EXCHANGE
Reagan National Airport (Terminal A Baggage Claim), Arlington, VA  1:30pm - 4:30pm  

Greeter at Airport for Arriving TAPS Families (10)

Volunteers work with TAPS staff serving as greeters to surviving family members arriving at airport. Providing a friendly face and warm welcome will set the tone for the weekend.

 
6 of 10 slots filled
Gerhart Keller
retired
Larry Doff
Self
Anna-Lisa Evans
Board of Veterans' Appeals
Mark Roland
Survivor
Debra Garland
Air Force
Tim Parrish
TAPS
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  3:00pm - 5:00pm  

Registration Desk (6)

Volunteers will assist staff at registration desk with assignments and items to hand out.

 
4 of 6 slots filled
Erin Epley
Individual
Anthon Lane
Navy Retired
Lindsay Vrba
TAPS Survivor
David Murray
GWVeterans
4:00pm - 6:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Audrey Bird
Volunteer
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
-Joseph P Mastrogiovanni
Reagan National Airport (Terminal A Baggage Claim), Arlington, VA  4:30pm - 8:00pm  

Greeter at Airport for Arriving TAPS Families (10)

Volunteers work with TAPS staff serving as greeters to surviving family members arriving at airport. Providing a friendly face and warm welcome will set the tone for the weekend.

 
9 of 10 slots filled
Brad Farrell
Board of Veterans Appeals
Mary Jo Rubino
Uso
Gerhart Keller
retired
Tina Zimmerman
Board of Veterans' Appeals
Kimberly Mitchell
Board of Veterans Appeals
Robert Glenn
BVA
Madison Coffey
ECS Federal
Kyle Schumacher
Board of Veterans' Appeals
Tom Knope
VA Board of Veterans Appeals
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  5:00pm - 7:00pm  

Registration Desk (6)

Volunteers will assist staff at registration desk with assignments and items to hand out.

 
2 of 6 slots filled
EMMANUEL SINTIM
US AIR FORCE
David Murray
GWVeterans
6:00pm - 8:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Barbara Roland
survivor
EMMANUEL SINTIM
US AIR FORCE
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  6:00pm - 9:15pm  

Good Grief Camp Zone (2)

Volunteers assist with setup or breakdown and sign in/out registration table..

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Joseph Greenleaf
US Small Business Administration
05/27/2022 (Fri.) Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  8:00am - 10:00am  

Registration Desk (6)

Volunteers will assist staff at registration desk with assignments and items to hand out.

 
All slots filled
Elaine Fowler Fowler
M.A.S.H. (Military and Services Heroes) Pantry and Resource Center
Elizabeth Rhoten
Elizabeth Rhoten - Volunteer
Gerhart Keller
retired
Victoria Milchling
N/A
Dan Teisler
Wolf Pack
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  8:00am - 11:00am  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Patty Caggiano
American legion auxiliary
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  10:00am - 12:00pm  

Registration Desk (6)

Volunteers will assist staff at registration desk with assignments and items to hand out.

 
5 of 6 slots filled
Elaine Fowler Fowler
M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center
Donna Vanessa Wilson
Girl Scouts
Victoria Milchling
N/A
Roseanne Bonnet
Individual
Abigail Tuchon
West Warwick High School
10:00am - 12:00pm  

Hotel Staff Support (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
Rebecca Tyree
Taps just signed up
Gerhart Keller
retired
Erika Rabidoux
Air National Guard
Stephanie White
None
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Margaux Harms
None
Tim Besse
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Mariah Houston
Military
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  11:00am - 2:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Patty Caggiano
American legion auxiliary
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  12:00pm - 2:00pm  

Hotel Staff Support (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
Bob Kuehn
ECS Veterans Council
Dana Hanton
ECS Federal
Gerhart Keller
retired
Madison Coffey
ECS Federal
Roseanne Bonnet
Individual
Joseph Greenleaf
US Small Business Administration
Tim Besse
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Daniel Teisler
Red Tailed Hawks
2:00pm - 4:00pm  

Hotel Staff Support (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
Elaine Fowler Fowler
M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center
Donna Osborne Osborne
USO
Gerhart Keller
retired
Patty Caggiano
American legion auxiliary
DeNiro Edon
U.S.C.G. EXCHANGE
Abigail Tuchon
West Warwick HS
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Debra Garland
Air Force
2:00pm - 5:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Roseanne Bonnet
Individual
5:00pm - 7:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Barbara Roland
survivor
05/28/2022 (Sat.) Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  8:00am - 11:00am  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Elizabeth Rhoten
Elizabeth Rhoten - Volunteer
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
9:00am - 11:00am  

Hotel Support Staff (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
Elaine Fowler Fowler
M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center
janet poit
Reagan USO Volunteer
Nathalie Chavez
ECS
Alexander Berg
NIH
Leah Jones
Veteran
Dan Teisler
Wolf Pack
Tondala Gass
Department of Health and Human Services
Mark Hirschman
individual
11:00am - 1:00pm  

Hotel Staff Support (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
janet poit
Reagan USO Volunteer
Leah Jones
Veteran
Mark Hirschman
individual
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Tim Besse
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Roseanne Bonnet
Individual
Mariah Houston (2)
Military
11:00am - 2:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Dan Teisler
Wolf Pack
Violet Coleman
TAPS volunteer
2:00pm - 5:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Damon Mackin
USAF HG
Violet Coleman
TAPS volunteer
3:00pm - 5:00pm  

Banquet Setup (4)

Assist with setup, hanging children’s artwork, centerpieces, tables and more.

 
All slots filled
Elaine Fowler Fowler
M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center
Chiara Luepke
Student at W&M
Victoria Milchling
N/A
Dan Teisler
Wolf Pack
3:00pm - 6:00pm  

Good Grief Camp Carnival (2)

Volunteers assist with setup or breakdown, organization and guidance from leaders.

 
All slots filled
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Tim Besse
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  5:00pm - 7:00pm  

Good Grief Camp Carnival (8)

Volunteers assist with setup or breakdown and sign in/out registration table, tend to activity stations.

 
5 of 8 slots filled
Victoria Milchling
N/A
Joseph Greenleaf
US Small Business Administration
Tita and James Brett (2)
Booz Allen Hamilton and federal government
Mariah Houston
Military Taps volunteer
7:00pm - 9:15pm  

Good Grief Camp Carnival (8)

Volunteers assist with setup or breakdown and sign in/out registration table, tend to activity stations.

 
2 of 8 slots filled
Victoria Milchling
N/A
Jalen Graham
USAF Honor Guard
05/29/2022 (Sun.) Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  8:00am - 11:00am  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Roseanne Bonnet
Individual
9:00am - 11:00am  

Hotel Staff Support (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
Elaine Fowler Fowler
M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center
Dan Teisler
Wolf Pack
Mark Hirschman
individual
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Rachel Litchfield
USMC
Monica Williams
Individual
Jalen Graham
USAF Honor Guard
Tim Besse
Paralyzed Veterans of America
11:00am - 1:00pm  

Hotel Support Staff (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
Mark Hirschman
individual
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Joseph Greenleaf
US Small Business Administration
Jalen Graham
USAF Honor Guard
Tim Besse
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Steven Penn
None
Mariah Houston
Military Taps volunteer
Patty Caggiano
American Legion Auxiliary

Artwork Assembly (6)

Assemble art that was created throughout the weekend.

 
All slots filled
Elizabeth Rhoten
Elizabeth Rhoten - Volunteer
Rachel Litchfield
USMC
Monica Williams
Individual
April Dingle
Military Spouse
Eugene Dingle
Military Member
Jordan Scott
Air Guard
11:00am - 2:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Nelson Valentín
International Association of Minority Veterans
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Leah Jones
Veteran
1:00pm - 3:00pm  

Hotel Staff Support (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
All slots filled
Elaine Fowler Fowler
M.A.S.H. Pantry and Resource Center
Dan Teisler
Wolf Pack
Dan Teisler
Wolf Pack
Mark Hirschman
individual
Rachel Litchfield
USMC
Jalen Graham
USAF Honor Guard
Fernanda Webster (2)
Magellan Federal
2:00pm - 5:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Mariah Houston
Military Taps volunteer
3:00pm - 5:00pm  

Hotel Staff Support (8)

Volunteers will assist staff and leaders with various tasks.

 
6 of 8 slots filled
Mark Hirschman
individual
Jeremy Jedlicka
Individual
Jalen Graham
USAF Honor Guard
Tim Besse
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Mariah Houston
Military Mentor volunteer
Patty Caggiano
American Legion Auxiliary
5:00pm - 8:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
Patty Caggiano
American Legion Auxiliary
05/30/2022 (Mon.) Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  9:00am - 11:30am  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
All slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Leah Jones
Veteran
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni-
  11:30am - 2:00pm  

Store Sales (3)

Asssit with TAPS store sales, organization, sorting and folding.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Dave Myrda
Retired Army & Boy Scouts
Joseph Mastrogiovanni
Joseph P Mastrogiovanni
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA  1:00pm - 3:00pm  

Seminar Pack Out (10)

Volunteers will assist staff with the packing and loading trucks.

 
2 of 10 slots filled
David Murray
GWVeterans
Mariah Houston
Military Taps volunteer
3:00pm - 5:00pm  

Seminar Pack Out (10)

Volunteers will assist staff with the packing and loading trucks.

 
2 of 10 slots filled
David Murray
GWVeterans
Mariah Houston
Military Taps volunteer
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