In 2007, DynCorp International (DI) created a Memorial Wall to honor all DI personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our customers’ missions. The wall is prominently displayed at the company’s headquarters as a symbol of our commitment to always honor those we have lost.
Since its installation, family members of those whose names appear on its surface have said they find comfort in the Memorial Wall. The comfort comes not just from the object itself but from the relationships they have formed with other families whose loved ones’ names are also listed. While physically a Wall, it is also a bridge, connecting families and team mates who otherwise may not have met and who have helped each other heal. The Wall is inscribed with the following words: “In memory of our friends and colleagues who served with honor and courage to help build a better world, and who gave their lives in that honorable service.”
Its design is simple yet strong, in keeping with the purpose of honoring fallen members of the DI family. Included with each person’s name is date of death, place of death, and program on which the individual was working at the time of his or her death.
This physical memorial has been designed to convey the heartfelt emotions and respect for these individuals. It is a point of pride for all who work for DI and for those who depend on the services DI provides.
DynCorp International believes, “We Serve Today for a Better Tomorrow.”
For those friends and family members who wish to make an appointment to view the Wall, please contact PR@dyn-intl.com.
DI Care Employee Assistance Program
In October 2009, DynCorp International launched the DI Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP), an advocacy program providing special assistance should an employee be wounded, or to help families in the tragic event of a fatality. This program supports the DI core value – We Care. The initiative highlights how DI values the safety, security, development and well-being of employees.
Michael Warren, VP, Human Resources – Employee Assistance Programs, said, “The DI Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a central point of contact and dedicated staff for employees and families. This program represents our company values in action.”
DI Care EAP is an employee-focused solutions program for employees and families, providing problem solving for complex issues related to the challenges one can face related to medical benefits, post injury recovery and reintegration back into the workforce. DI Care EAP also acts as an advocate for surviving family members of employees who have been killed in action, explaining different benefits, assisting with funeral arrangements and assisting with commemoration efforts.
The DI Care program is divided into an acute (day 1 to 4 weeks), intermediate (up to 24 weeks) and long-term (several months to several years) support system. It includes:
- Coordination with law enforcement or clergy for employee death notifications
- Family communication updates on medical evacuations and repatriation of remains
- Family Liaison Representative (FLR) deployments for personal assistance
- Locating specialty hospitals for certain injuries
- Coordination and assistance with funeral homes
- Advocacy for those working in dangerous environments who are victims of terrorism
- Sexual assault response teams
- A family/employee emergency communications system
- Vocational rehabilitation assistance
We have graduated a network of Human Resource DI Care EAP Ambassadors through professional training at the National Victims Assistance Academy. These EAP Ambassadors are standing by, ready to help employees and families. These Ambassadors are also assigned as Family Liaison Representatives (FLR) to provide employee/families with personal assistance.
Because DI team members work in challenging and austere environments, DI Care EAP also provides support in unique areas such as for post-traumatic stress disorder, insurance claim assistance, vocational rehabilitation and education/awareness programs.
Through INOVA Employee Assistance, DI Care EAP provides a 24 hour, 365 day-a-year helpline. Support includes coping with family separation, stress management and interpersonal and job relationship advice.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national non-profit Military Service Organization providing comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in, or in support of, the armed forces. DynCorp International has partnered with this organization to provide immediate and long-term support for the families of our employees who have been killed.
“I have seen the great work the people of DynCorp International do in support of our military in very challenging and dangerous environments. When a Blackhawk goes down, it does not distinguish between soldier and contractor,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder. “We are honored to have a partnership with DI that allows TAPS to provide bereavement care and support to the families of their employees who die while serving and supporting our nation’s security.”
Core services of TAPS includes:
- Peer-based emotional support providing comfort and care for all who are grieving the death of a loved one in the military.
- Case work assistance, including access to pro bono legal assistance, emergency financial resources, information on state and federal survivor benefits, connections to private support.
- Community-based grief support, including connections to unlimited free clinical grief counseling; trauma resources; and local area support groups individually researched for each survivor.
- National military survivor helpline, 24/7/365 with comfort and care from peer professionals.
TAPS has been helping survivors heal since 1994 at no cost to the survivor or the tax payer.