The Hartwell Foundation


TAPS Hartwell Fund for Children of KIA Service Members

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provides immediate hope, long-term emotional help and healing to all those who are grieving the death of a loved one who lost their life in military service to America. Founded in 1994, TAPS has established itself as a frontline resource for families and loved ones of our military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The mission of the TAPS organization is to provide peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, casework assistance and connections to community-based care. TAPS is a 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one.

Together with TAPS, The Hartwell Foundation has established the Hartwell Fund for Children of KIA Service Members, which  provides financial support to the children of our fallen soldiers who died defending our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program  addresses their immediate economic needs, which might otherwise go unmet.

Through TAPS, The Hartwell Foundation also provides Christmas gifts to the children of our military men and women killed in action, whose families were severely impacted by financial circumstances and would not otherwise enjoy Christmas.

Good Grief Camps

Working together with TAPS, The Hartwell Foundation has also funded 10 Good Grief camps across America in 2012 and 2013. The TAPS Good Grief Camp for children and teens represent America's first established program for children who have lost a parent, sibling, or loved one in military service to America. Young survivors have a chance to share, heal, and have fun in a loving supportive environment, surrounded by others of their own age who have experienced a similar loss. The camp includes opportunities for the children to learn coping skills, establish support systems, make friends, and discover that they are not alone in their grief.

 "We very much appreciate The Hartwell Foundation for supporting this very important program. The bonds that are formed over these very healing weekends can be life-changing for all involved," said TAPS Director of Youth Programs, Heather Campagna.