The seventh day of Wishbook is about perspective.
The USO works with several partners throughout the country to send military kids to camp. But these aren’t your run-of-the-mill summer getaways.
USO/TAPS Good Grief Camp Outs give children who’ve lost military parents have fun with peers going through the same experience, allowing them to bond and learn to cope. These camps are often held simultaneously with USO/TAPS Survivor Seminars, where parents and other surviving loved ones bond on a different level.
“[These camps are] one of the most meaningful things I’ve done in my career at the USO,” said Robin Crouse director of USO Fort Hood.
It’s pretty easy to make a difference in the lives of these grieving families today.
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