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DynCorp International Supports the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

In continuing support for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), DynCorp International this year donated $100,000 as part of TAPS’ annual fundraiser. 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. DynCorp International chairman and CEO, Steve Gaffney, also serves as co-chair on the TAPS Leadership Committee.

Programs for Survivors

Proceeds from the 2012 Honor Guard Gala and other TAPS fundraisers benefit TAPS’ grief support programs for survivors. TAPS’ family of survivors, peer mentors, advisors and friends provide programs such as:

  • Survivor Seminars
  • Good Grief Camps
  • Online Community support
  • Peer support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Casualty/case work assistance
  • Professional training and online education


In 2011, DynCorp International donated more than $12,500 to support TAPS programs through its “Red Shirt Friday” program, and donated an additional $50,000 to the organization at last year’s fundraiser. DI encourages wearing red shirts each Friday to show support of our servicemen and women. As part of the “Red Shirt Friday” initiative, DynCorp International sells red polos and t-shirts embroidered with the words: “Support the troops – Red Shirt Fridays,” in its company store.

For each shirt sold, DynCorp International donates $10 to TAPS, selling more than 630 total shirts in 2011.

About Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

TAPS provides ongoing emotional help, hope, and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography, or circumstance of the death. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma resources.

Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has established itself as the front line resource to the families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS provides comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources.

TAPS has assisted more than 30,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers.

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