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chrysteljanne

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Review for Gold Star Teen Adventures, Fayetteville, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My granddaughter was 13 when she lost her father in Afghanistan. Thirteen is a difficult age under normal circumstances; losing a parent at that age is devastating. My granddaughter was angry; she refused counseling and kept her emotions to herself. I was worried about her but there was nothing I could do to help. GSTA came to her rescue. With each outdoor adventure and the connection to others who understood, she became more confident and less angry. Today she is in her junior year of college and finds joy in giving back to the organization by being a mentor to younger Gold Star Teens.

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My son, and only child, was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan in February 2012. My husband and I went to the TAPS Parents Retreat in Monterey last summer. Wow! I finally felt like I was understood and no longer felt alone in my grief journey. While I have tremendous support from family and friends, they don't know what to say or when to say it, so they tend to avoid conversations about my son. With TAPS, we talk and we cry and everything is okay. We continue to support one another through our private Facebook page. The TAPS staff are all survivors and therefore have a better understanding of our needs. With the support of TAPS I am able to move forward and hopefully will be able to make something positive out of the tragedy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find away to make the retreats available to more families of the fallen.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer