COLORADO SPRINGS- This weekend a couple of hundred families gathered in Colorado Springs with at least one thing in common, they all lost a family member serving in the military.
“TAPS” (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) is a national organization that brings these families together.
At a regional conference this weekend, family members were able to discuss what they’ve been through and learn about the resources available to them.
For Angel Pansini, it’s something she’s grown up with.
She lost her brother when she was 12 years old and began coming to the TAPS program “Grief Camp”- which pairs kids with a mentor who’s been through something similar.
“It’s a support system that they might not have at school or anywhere else so to have them come to TAPS it’s a way for them to just be themselves and feel the way that they need to feel,” said Pansini.
The Colorado Springs conference is just one of a few regional conferences held every year.
The national conference is held over Memorial Day weekend in Washington D.C.