DynCorp International was recently featured in a Washington Post article on charitable efforts from Washington, D.C. area businesses in 2012. The article highlights DI’s creation of a Red Shirt Friday program to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
Around the world, people are 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. DynCorp International joined the trend and saw it as an opportunity to give back to an important organization. The Company last year created red polo shirts, embroidered with the words: “Support the troops – Red Shirt Fridays.” For each shirt sold from the company store, DI makes a $10 donation to TAPS, which has helped the families of DI personnel who have lost their lives while on mission. Over the past year, DI team members all over the world participated in the program, wearing red polo shirts each Friday, in a show of support for servicemen and women. In 2012, the program’s first full year, the more than $30,000 was raised to support TAPS programs.
About Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provides ongoing assistance to those who are grieving the death of a loved one in U.S. military service. Regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography, or circumstance of the death, TAPS aims meet its mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources.
Established in 1994, TAPS is now a front-line resource to families and loved ones of military men and women and has assisted more than 30,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers.
DynCorp International and TAPS
Earlier this year, DI also supported TAPS as a sponsor of their 2012 Honor Guard Gala which directly benefits TAPS’ grief support programs for survivors. DI chairman and CEO, Steve Gaffney, also serves as co-chair on the TAPS Leadership Committee.