2018 TAPS UK
Scotty members had the unique opportunity to meet bereaved military families from the U.S this weekend as part of the 2018 TAPS UK Experience in London.
The multi-day event, which was organised by the American military bereavement charity, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), was part of a wider program to provide bereaved UK and U.S. military families the opportunity to come together and honour fallen heroes who served in the American and British Armed Forces.
Over the weekend, Scotty’s families were taken on a special trip to the U.S. embassy and were treated to VIP access, behind the scenes at Wembley Stadium ahead of the NFL’s clash between Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Members came face to face with American Football legends from the Philadelphia Eagles who helped them get to grips with the sport, sign shirts and pose for photos.
Specially trained TAPS Military and Legacy Mentors also took part in the UK Experience. The Mentors, who are active-duty service members and recently separated veterans, serve as mentors and companions to bereaved military children and help maintain their connection to the military community. They were on hand over the weekend to lend their support.
This was the first time the TAPS military mentorship program was introduced to Scotty’s bereaved Forces children.
Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder said: “The TAPS UK Experience, made possible by the NFL, is an extraordinary event bringing together surviving military families from two nations sharing a special friendship. This international event brings together those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and empowers young people to effect positive change in our world.”
Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, Nikki Scott said: “I’m incredibly proud of how our relationship with TAPS has developed over the last few years. The shared experiences and new memories we’ve helped create for bereaved Forces children both in the UK and the U.S. is what makes our relationship so special.
“We’re very grateful to TAPS, the U.S. Embassy and the NFL for involving Scotty’s Little Soldiers in the weekend’s activities and providing such a fantastic opportunity for our beneficiaries to not only enjoy some wonderful entertainment but also to share experiences with other bereaved military families.”