Launched in July 2011, 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 and other apparel embroidered with the words: “Support the troops – Red Shirt Fridays.” For each shirt sold, DI donates $10 to TAPS.
TAPS is a non-profit that cares for the families of the fallen and has supported families of DI employees.
“We are proud to be able to support TAPS, whose honorable mission is to support families of those who have lost a loved one while on mission,” said Steve Gaffney, chairman and chief executive officer, DynCorp International. “The Red Shirt Friday campaign has been a great way for our employees to show their support for the troops while assisting an organization that has helped the families of our fallen colleagues.”
“The DynCorp International Red Shirt Friday program provides critically needed support for families of our nation’s fallen military troops,” 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 a loved one serving in support of the military mission. We are forever thankful for our friends at DynCorp International.”
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.