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Military Grief Camp Wraps Up at Lambeau Field

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Military Grief Camp Wraps Up at Lambeau Field

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Aug 24, 2014

 GREEN BAY, Wis.- More than 100 people from across the country gathered at Lambeau Field Sunday.  They're remembering loved ones killed while in military service.  It's all part of the TAPS Good Grief Camp for children and adults dealing with a military loss.

TAPS stands for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.  They help military families after a loved one dies and it's help those families say they wouldn't be able to cope without.

Andy Weiss and his wife are in Green Bay from Illinois to remember their son this weekend.

"We suddenly became a part of a deep deep profound loss that we thought was just ours," explained Weiss when talking about losing his son to suicide after multiple deployments overseas.

Everyone at camp agrees losing someone in the military is tough to handle without support.

"You feel like you're alone and when you come to this you don't feel alone," said Walline Sikorski of Wausau.  She also lost her son while he was serving in the military.

It's that sense of belonging that's a major part of what this TAPS event is about.

"Grief isn't a mental illness, it isn't a physical injury.  Grief is a wound of the heart and the only thing that helps is to be with others who truly understand," said President and founder of TAPS, Bonnie Carroll.

Seminars are taking place all weekend long and the entire event comes to a close with a candle lighting ceremony.

"Remember their lives not just their deaths," reminds Carroll.

A candle is lit for each fallen service person to remind those left behind that the light of their loved ones shines on in them.

"My son's life was dedicated to service to others.  He hates bullies and for me now the opportunity that's provided by TAPS is to help other families," said Weiss.

TAPS offers special camps for youth, teens and adults to allow for people of similar age groups to cope with their loss together.