Team DI (DynCorp International) raised a total of $2,250 for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) by running in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM/10K) in Washington, D.C. on October 25. This year was the 40th anniversary of the marathon and the third largest in its history, with more than 23 thousand runners.
The team included DI’s Elaine Kinnee who was joined by Sasha Bradford and Patrick McEvoy, both survivors of a loved one lost in service with DynCorp International. The run was Sasha’s first full marathon while Elaine and Patrick both ran in the 10K event.
“I decided to run my first full marathon in memory of my late husband Michael,” said Sasha Bradford. “At mile 19 when I wanted to quit, I called my mom and she passed the phone to friends from TAPS. They made me believe I could do anything, not just for Michael, but for myself.”
“Carole with TAPS helped me reached the top of the hill to the finish line,” continued Sasha, “My mom, my baby and Elaine wrapped me in their arms after I crossed. Having so many people believe in me, believe in our journey and support our struggles, is the most heartwarming thing to have in life.”
“It was Patrick’s first run ever and he did fantastic,” said Elaine Kinnee, DI WRSS and EAP. “It was a successful weekend, very somber but sweet moment for them both to finish the run in memory of their loved one.”
Sasha’s husband, Michael Bradford, was posthumously awarded the Department of Defense’s Defense of Freedom medal and DynCorp International Chairman’s Purple Star Award in 2014 for his ultimate sacrifice on the CSTC-A program in Afghanistan.
Patrick’s father, Dick McEvoy, served as the program manager for the ANA/ANP program and was killed earlier this year in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan.
DI is the first private company to form an official partnership with TAPS to provide support to families of fallen DI personnel. Through this agreement, TAPS and DI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) work together to provide survivors of DI employees comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and grief and trauma resources.
“Grief is such an unimaginable journey but with the help of TAPS together we give our families that invaluable support while embracing them to give them hope and never stop believing in them,” adds Elaine.
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 50,000 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.
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