Bonnie Carroll on peer support for military survivors

Bonnie Carroll talks about importance of a peer community after losing a military family member.

Bonnie Carroll is the widow of an Army general who died along with seven other soldiers in a National Guard plane crash in 1992. This led her to found TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for survivors. Here she talks about how important after such a devastating loss to have a peer community of fellow survivors.

Ms. Carroll also served her country and in her civilian career, she has worked for three Presidents in the White House, served in various other government capacities including as the White House Liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and served as a Department of the Army civilian in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003-2004 as the Deputy Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Communications.

TAPS is a national program that provides comfort and care for anyone grieving the death of a military loved one.

Organized by America’s Warrior Partnership, the Warrior Community Integration Symposium is an opportunity to share best practices, find innovative solutions, and form new collaborative partnerships to better help the veterans in their communities address the work challenges they sometimes encounter when making the transition to civilian life. 

WorkingNation set up its cameras at the Symposium and interviewed the speakers and attendees about the important issue of helping veterans deal with workforce challenges. You can follow the conversation on our social media under the hashtag #WorkingNationOverheard.

Read more about the event here.