Memorial Day, like most patriotic holidays in the U.S., is especially poignant for DynCorp International team members. For those working in the U.S., as well as overseas supporting DI’s global programs, recognizing and remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving the country is of utmost importance.
Remembering DI Colleagues
In addition to traditional Memorial Day observances, DI team members also remember colleagues lost while working in support of U.S. government and ally country missions. To honor these 78 colleagues, a memorial wall with each team member’s name is displayed at DI’s global headquarters building in McLean, Virginia.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) also commissioned a Memorial Wall to honor civilian police and corrections advisors, pilots, and support staff who were killed while supporting the U.S. Department of State’s criminal justice assistance programs abroad.
The names inscribed on the wall include contractor and government employees, including U.S. and foreign citizens. Of the 86 names on the wall – which is on permanent display inside the Department of State headquarters – 52 are DI personnel.
DI Supports the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Last March, DI established an agreement with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to provide support to families of fallen DI personnel. TAPS has similar agreements with each branch of the U.S. military, but this partnership is the first with a private company.
TAPS works hand-in-hand with DI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide DI team members’ surviving families support through comprehensive services and programs including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and grief and trauma resources.
This Memorial Day weekend, TAPS is holding their 21st Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors which will bring thousands together to share a weekend of understanding, hope, courage, and love.