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Assistance Group Honors Army Air Force Exchange

National Guard Bureau

DALLAS, April 15, 1998 – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc., honored the Army and Air Force Exchange Service as a "friend of TAPS," during its most recent Honor Guard Luncheon in Washington, D.C.

The organization honored the exchange service for publishing an overview of the program in a weekly sales flyer last year and generating greater interest in TAPS programs throughtout the military community.

The national non-profit organization presented AAFES with a plaque that reads, "Partners in caring for the families of servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

They also recognized other organizations during the March luncheon.

Survivors who recently lost loved ones in the line of duty spoke to an audience that included Senators Trent Lott, Ted Stevens and Bob Smith and Congressmen Bob Livingston and Don Young.

TAPS provides services at no cost to all of those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in the armed forces. The organization runs a peer support network for survivors, a national 24-hour toll-free information line, grief counseling referral services for the bereaved and crisis intervention services.

TAPS also offers much needed and critical assistance to casualty officers and commanders in times of tragedy, an annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Kids' Camp, a quarterly journal of healing and comfort, problem solving assistance by experienced caseworkers and the TAPS Journal.

For more information or assistance about TAPS call 1-800-959-TAPS (8277).

Their website is http:/www.taps.org.

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