Last night on the news (ABC I believe) I found out about a great program that has been around since the mid 90's:
Founded by Bonnie Carroll, T.A.P.S mission is to aid Family members that have lost a Loved One in Military service.
The following is an excerpt from their main web page- it sums things up well:
"Each year, hundreds of American families face the tragedy of the death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. The families left behind include loving parents, siblings and young spouses and school age children. In many cases, these families must move immediately away from their friends and support systems and rebuild a life that was once devoted to military service but is now focused on just surviving their traumatic loss.
Where can these young American families turn for the support system that they deserve when they have, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "laid so costly a sacrifice on the altar of freedom"? They can, and most often do, turn to TAPS.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc., is a one of a kind non-profit Veteran Service Organization offering hope, healing, comfort and care to thousands of American armed forces families facing the death of a loved one each year. TAPS receives absolutely no government funding, but through the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, all families faced with a death of one serving in the Armed Forces receive information about TAPS and our military survivor programs."
Also, check out their video.
This is a fantastic program - go to the website and find out what you can do to help.
I'm not sure (yet) if there are any Fund-raising events in South Florida planned for 2007, but if any of you AR Members would like to be involved please let me know and I'll see what we can do.