As the surviving mom of SPC Bradley Beard, who was killed in action in Iraq, Betsy Beard has been associated with TAPS since 2004, first as a survivor requesting a Peer Mentor and then as a participant in the National Survivor Seminar. Betsy became a TAPS Peer Mentor in May of 2005 after attending Peer Mentor Training. She began to write extensively in 2005 and has published articles in TAPS Magazine, Living with Loss Magazine, and Hospice Foundation of America’s 2008 Living with Grief.
Betsy is the editor for the national quarterly TAPS Magazine. She also assists with the writing of various other TAPS publications including the award-winning children’s book, Klinger, A Story of Honor and Hope.
Betsy has served as a support group facilitator and workshop presenter at TAPS regional and national seminars and currently co-facilitates the Raleigh, North Carolina TAPS Care Group. She has presented workshops on bereavement for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Regional and National Trainings and participated in the Casualty Notification training for the United States Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operation Center (CMAOC).
Prior to the death of her son, Betsy worked in the banking industry, home-schooled her children through high school, and spent 21 years working in hospital laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the military. Founded out of tragedy by military families in 1994, the nonprofit organization has offered support to more than 30,000 people. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, and 24/7 crisis intervention care for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call toll-free 800.959.TAPS.
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