"Grief camp" for military kids

May 25, 2009 2:51:00 PM PDT
Losing a loved one is never easy and for kids it can be especially difficult and confusing. So this weekend, amongst all the parades and ceremonies to honor fallen servicemen and women, there was a gathering for children who've lost their mothers or fathers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paul Syverson, 12, lost his father, Army major Paul Syverson III. He was killed in combat in 2004.

"I just try to remember him as an awesome guy and what a great dad he was," Paul junior said. He's one of about 1,000 kids at "Good Grief Camp" in Washington DC.

The program is held as part of T.A.P.S., "Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors."

"Good Grief Camp is the chance for all those who have lost a loved one in military service to come together, find each other, find hope and peace and comfort and support and to become once again part of that military family on Memorial Day," said Bonnie Carroll, founder of the T.A.P.S.

Kids camps and family seminars are open to anyone who is grieving the death of someone serving in the military, regardless of the cause of death.

The camps are free of charge. There is one scheduled for July 25, 2009 in Philadelphia.

For more information, visit:www.taps.org

Or call: 1-800- 959-TAPS

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