More than 20 DynCorp International team members and family members formed a “Run and Remember” team for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon that took place March 23, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. Run and Remember teams pay tribute to America’s fallen heroes in support of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and help raise funds that directly benefit TAPS’s program. The DI team, DI Stars, raised nearly $8,000 through this event. DynCorp International Supply Chain director, Billy Harlin, singlehandedly raised $1,645 towards the team total!
The DI Stars team also chose to run in memory of their fallen colleagues, wearing shirts with photos of each DI team member who lost their life while serving on a DI program in the last five years.
“TAPS has provided such great support to the family members of many of our fellow team members over the years,” commented Elaine Kinnee, DynCorp International Employee Assistance Program (EAP) coordinator. “We were proud to be able to honor our colleagues and raise funds so others could benefit from TAPS’s great programs.”
TAPS Run and Remember Teams
Hundreds of people every year run (or walk) at races throughout the country to remember and honor our fallen service members and raise funds to help TAPS assist the families left behind. TAPS Run & Remember Team events are held throughout the country, where TAPS has an organized team in the race.
Depending on the race length and format, teams may include children, surviving families of the fallen, and just ordinary citizens who want to honor the fallen and care for their families. Team members have online fundraising web pages where they can ask friends and others to contribute to support their run, share why they are running, and offer information about who they are running for.
The funds raised through Run and Remember events flow directly into TAPS programming which supports families who have been impacted by a death in the military or as a contractor through an amazing network of resources, seminars and publications. TAPS provides these services at no charge to survivors from all branches of the service, including Reserves and National Guard. TAPS’ programs and services are available not only for immediate family, but also for extended family and friends.
DynCorp International and TAPS
Also in March 2014, DI and TAPS established a formal agreement – TAPS’s first with a private company – 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.