Bozeman News

Jan 12, 2013 11:04 AM by Ben Trotter - MTN News

Soldiers' widows get a well-earned retreat

BOZEMAN An amazing organization helped an inspiring group of women Friday.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, (TAPS) is holding a three day retreat for women who have lost husbands, fiancés, and partners through Saturday.

The group of over two dozen spent Thursday in Big Sky, Friday at Bridger Bowl, and will be taking part in a scavenger hunt in Bozeman on Saturday.

"It gives us an opportunity to cry and be crazy along with all the other crazies and feel normal!" says Dala Encinas, a TAPS member. Dala lost her husband Michael two years ago, and says that after her first retreat, she was able to begin healing

"I was able to open up and finally start to accept, you know, my husband's gone."

Erin Jacobson, a Deputy Director with TAPS, has a message of hope for those suffering from loss.

"Love is the most powerful thing. You know the love is still inside of us, and you can continue to give that to others."

TAPS works with not just wives and girlfriends, but anyone affected by the loss of an armed services member. According to Jacobson, roughly 40,000 'survivors' are TAPS members, with around 4,000 joining every month.


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