In the first year of its “Red Shirt Friday” program, DynCorp International donated $31,330 to 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. In 2011, DynCorp International joined the trend and saw it as an opportunity to do good at the same time.
The Company created red polo shirts, embroidered with the words: “Support the troops – Red Shirt Fridays.” For each shirt sold, DynCorp International donates $10 to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit that cares for the families of the fallen. TAPS provides support to military and contractor families who have lost a loved one, and it is particularly special to DI because it 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, purchased from the DI Company store, in a show of support for servicemen and women. For each shirt sold, DI donated $10 to TAPS, selling more than 3,000 total shirts in the past year. All shirts are embroidered with the words: “Support the troops – Red Shirt Fridays.”
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.
Supporting TAPS is particularly special to DI because it has helped the families of DI team members who have lost their lives while on mission.
DynCorp International Supports the Military
The DynCorp International values– We Serve, We Care, We Empower, We Perform, We Do the Right Thing – go beyond just workplace performance. Employing tens of thousands of people around the world provides DI with unique opportunities to give back to the community through philanthropic donations, local training programs and hands-on volunteer work.
DynCorp International supports programs and efforts that benefit:
- Veterans of the U.S. Military
- Law Enforcement Veterans
- Global Education
- Global Community Development