FALLS CHURCH, Va. – (September 5, 2012) -DynCorp International (DI) has raised more than $30,000 to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) through a campaign launched in July 2011. TAPS is a non-profit that cares forthe families of the fallen.
Last year, DI joined others around the world showing their support for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces by participating in “Red Shirt Fridays,” where individuals wear a red shirt to show their support for U.S. servicemen and women.
The Company created red polo shirts, embroidered with the words:”Support the troops – Red Shirt Fridays.” For each shirt sold,DynCorp International donates $10 to TAPS, selling more than 3,000 total shirts in the past year.
“More than 65 percent of our personnel are veterans so supporting the U.S. military has always been a priority at DynCorp International, but working with TAPS is particularly special to us because they have also helped civilian families and, specifically families of DI personnel who have lost their lives while on mission,” said Steve Gaffney, chairman and chief executive officer, DynCorp International.
DI also supported TAPS as a sponsor of their 2012 Honor Guard Gala which directly benefits TAPS’ grief support programs for survivors. Gaffney also served as co-chair on the TAPS Leadership Committee.
“We are so grateful for the support DynCorp International provides our military through the amazing Red Shirt Friday program!The financial contributions made as a result of this campaign help the families of our nation’s fallen,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and military widow. “It is heartwarming to know that the employees of DI believe in the work TAPS does, and step forward to give generously of their time and their funds to care for the thousands of families who have suffered the devastating loss of someone serving in support of the military mission. We are forever grateful to our friends at DynCorp International.”
About Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors(TAPS)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivor (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 35,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars for adults,Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces.Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free resource and information helpline at 800.959.TAPS.
About DynCorp International
DynCorp International is a global government services provider working in support of U.S.national security and foreign policy objectives, delivering support solutions for defense, diplomacy and international development. DI operates major programs in logistics, platform support, contingency operations and training and mentoring to reinforce security,community stability and the rule of law. DynCorp International isheadquartered in Falls Church, Va. For more information, visit our blogs or see DynCorp International’s LinkedIn profile.