Veteran Spotlight: Bonnie Carroll, TAPS

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Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)


Bonnie Carroll met her husband saving whales off the coastline of Alaska. Their romantic beginning was captured in the movie ‘Big Miracle’ starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski.

Unfortuntaley, soon after, Bonnie Carroll lost her husband Brigadier General Thomas Charles Carroll in an aerial  military accident in 1992.  The lost of the love of her life and her struggles through her grief lead her to found Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS).



Major Bonnie Carroll retired from the Air Force Reserve after 30 years of service. Prior to joining the USAFR, Major Carroll served 16 years in the Air National Guard as a Transportation Officer, Logistics Officer, and Executive Officer. She has service on the HQ USAF National Security and Emergency Preparedness staff in the Pentagon and Chief, Casualty Operations, HQ USAF.




Ms. Carroll’s organization has help thousands of military families cope with the lost of their military love one regardless of the circumstances of the death. This is what makes this organization unique to this today.

TAPS has programs for children, siblings, spouses and other love ones.





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