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Military Supporters Invited to Sponsor Families of the Fallen at TAPS Gala

Military supporters are invited to sponsor a family member who has lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan to attend the inaugural TAPS Honor Guard Gala, being held in Washington, DC on April 15, 2008 to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Attendees at the black tie dinner event will include corporate donors and TAPS supporters, many of whom have helped the organization reach out to bereaved military families, but have never met a surviving family member in person.

Sponsorships are currently being sought for 40 family members. All of the families attending the gala have lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan.

It costs $500 to sponsor a family member to attend the gala. To sponsor a family member, contact Jean Lockey at Family sponsorships will be recognized on the TAPS website at and in the gala program.

Additional sponsorship opportunities, including table sponsorships and VIP level sponsorships are still available.

The TAPS Honor Guard Gala will be hosted by CNN journalist Kyra Phillips. The keynote speaker will be Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The 2008 Honor Guard Congressional Award will be presented to Senator Kit Bond. The 2008 Honor Guard Award will be presented to Ben Stein.

TAPS Honorary Chairs, General and Mrs. Joseph W. Ralston, Gala Committee Chair M.L. “Buzz” Hefti, Host Committee Co-Chairs Deborah Mullen and Mary Jo Myers will attend.

Event sponsors include: AAI Corporation, Alder Foods, Inc., Alion Science and Technology, AM General LLC, Blackwater Worldwide, CACI International Inc., GEICO, Green Beans Coffee Company, Inc., Family of First Lieutenant Travis Manion, Health Net Federal Services, Honeywell International, Inc., Humana Military Healthcare Services, Intellidyne LLC, L-3 Communications Corp, Mayer Brown LLP, Militec-1, Milliman, Inc., QinetiQ North America, Rolls Royce North America, Inc, R&R Partners, Textron, The Mechanic Group, Inc., the PMA Group, the Sandi Group, Triple Canopy, Inc., TriWest, and Van Scoyoc Associates.

TAPS is the national veteran’s service organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars, case work assistance, and 24/7 crisis intervention care for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to or call the toll-free crisis line at 800.959.TAPS.