January 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just received an email from Dr. Bridget Cantrell, passing on information given to her by Gold Star Mom Doris Kent who lost her son Jonathan. She wanted to make sure we all spread the word.    

Hi all,
I don’t know if this information gets disseminated far and wide so I thought I would forward it. Free airfare to get to the TAPS seminar in Washington DC for Memorial Weekend. My family and I went in 2005 and the families were taken to Arlington Cemetary where we had seats just a stones throw from the President. Please help spread the word to other Gold Star families.

always with much love and hope,
Doris Kent

HERE IS THE EMAIL SENT BY Bonnie Carroll from the Tragedy Assistance Program. 

Dear Friends,

We hope that you found comfort, support, and the beginning of healing if you attended one of the TAPS National or Regional Seminars last year. And we are hoping that you are planning to join us this year at the 15th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp for Children on May 22-25 in Washington, DC. 

This is a very special gathering at which we remember the love we have in our hearts, celebrate the life we were so blessed to know, and share the grief journey together even though we experience individual heartache and pain.

TAPS is proud to sponsor free air travel for those participants who need financial assistance to attend the national seminar. There are a limited number of airline tickets, and they are available on a first come, first served basis. 

If you are interested in taking advantage of this one-time offer, please email TAPS before February 1, 2009 at registration @ with the information requested below, and we will work on getting you free airfare. We want you there!

Name, address, and relationship to deceased for everyone in the household who will be attending the National Seminar. If the person is under age 18, include the date of birth.
Telephone number where we can best reach you.
A little information about your deceased loved one – whatever you would like to share.
A statement that you have read and understand the entire email, including travel restrictions, cost of registration, and hotel costs.
A sentence or two (or more, if you like) telling us why you hope to attend the National Seminar.

After we receive your email response, TAPS will begin the process for obtaining the airline tickets. In order to make sure that the tickets are used for the purpose intended, you will be required to register for the seminar aft er we reserve your tickets. To register, go to and simply click on the National Seminar button on the right near the top of the home page. TAPS is pleased to offer a seminar registration fee of $185 for each adult and $50 for each child. Registration fees defray the cost of the included meals, ground transportation, workshops, and conference materials. We are honored to be able to charge attendees only a fraction of the costs we incur. Once you have registered each person for the seminar, TAPS will complete the confirmation process for the airline tickets.

Please be aware that you will also need to register for your hotel rooms. The Gaylord National has deeply discounted the price so that the TAPS nightly rate is $139.00 plus a $15.00 resort fee. This does not reflect the tax which will be added upon checkout. You can register for your hotel rooms right from the TAPS site, too. 

Please read carefully the limitations for the free air travel:
Flights are limited to domestic travel within the United States
Specific flight times cannot be requested.
Flights will be scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC on May 20th or May 21st.
Flights will be scheduled to depart Washington, DC on May 25th or May 26th.

We are so hopeful you will be with us, and so grateful to be able to offer airfare!

With love and care,



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