DynCorp International (DI) CEO, Lou Von Thaer, several members of the DI Leadership Team and special guests Kathy and Michelle McEvoy – wife and daughter of the late Colonel Dick McEvoy – attended the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Honor Guard Gala on Wednesday, April 12 in Washington, D.C.
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen heroes, which includes the contractors supporting our Military. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the total force. TAPS receives no government funding and provides their services free of charge to surviving family members.
This year’s gala was a record-breaking event that raised over $2.1 million.
“As a member of the TAPS board, I can attest that this event and organization is extremely special and vital to the families of our service men and women as well as our own DI families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty,” said Lou Von Thaer. “DI is proud to support the important TAPS mission and work.”
Jason Rossbach, the TAPS Gala Co-Chair pointed out that, “every dollar we raise at the Gala helps build a critical support system for these families, and to see the strong support of our senior military leaders along with the NBA and USA basketball is tremendous.”
“We are grateful for DI’s continued support and for their unique partnership with TAPS. Connecting us with this organization has truly been a blessing,” said Michelle McEvoy.
Kathy McEvoy added, “The gala was a wonderful experience – seeing all the other entities that support TAPS and meeting so many wonderful people. We are forever thankful for those helping us to keep Dick’s memory alive.”
General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff provided the evening’s keynote address. Former Joint Chief’s Chairman General Martin Dempsey, USA Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, USA Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma and several other NBA leaders and former players were presented with the TAPS 2017 National Community Partnership Award.
Photos from the event can be found on DI’s Flickr page.