Dempsey Speaks at TAPS Gala in Washington, D.C.

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks to surviving children on stage during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. The program, known as TAPS, is a 24-hour resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks as Lizzy Yaggy, surviving daughter of Marine Corps Maj. David Laurence Yaggy, stands next to him during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. Yaggy died March 14, 2008, while serving as a flight instructor during a training mission. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to the audience as Lizzy Yaggy, surviving daughter of Marine Corps Maj. David Laurence Yaggy, stands next to him during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to the audience as a child stands next to him during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers the keynote address during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks on stage after Cameron Santos-Silva, surviving son of Army Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Santos-Silva, presented the TAPS Honor Guard Gala Military Award to him during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, high-fives a surviving child during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Ted Leonsis, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, shakes the hand of Lauren Stubenhofer after he received the Engaged Philanthropist Award during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. Justin, Lauren and Hope Stubenhofer are surviving children of Army Capt. Mark N. Stubenhofer. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives a coin to a surviving child during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes a selfie with surviving family members during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014.  DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, holds hands with a surviving family member during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014.  DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
  • A book cover with a photograph honors the memory of David Laurence Yaggy, a Marine Corps major who died March 14, 2008, while serving as a flight instructor on a training mission, during the 2014 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Honor Guard Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., March 27, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton