Being the spouse or family of a military member is worrisome. Our Coasties go out on dangerous and hazardous missions. However, we don’t talk out loud about the worst case scenario. But, the truth is, it could happen. The following post provides information on how to prepare for one of the most terrible things imaginable – the loss of an active duty member or dependent family member. There are things you can do now to make that time a tad bit easier. No one wants to be fighting for help and benefits while overcome by grief.
In 2000, a Marine, Tom Day, decided digital Taps was unacceptable. To address this, Tom Day created a volunteer organization called Bugles Across America. The member of this group, over 7,000 strong, sound Taps at funerals, memorial ceremonies, grave markings and veterans ceremonies across the country. In 2012, a retired Washington, D.C., Air Force trumpeter, Jari Villanueva, founded a group called Taps for Veterans to provide a similar corps of volunteers to sound live Taps during honors.