Saturday, February 19, 2011


TRICARE West Region Beneficiaries Opting for Paper-Free Communications Can Designate $5 Donation to TAPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – Going green and opting for paperless health communications can now help support TAPS programs for the families of America’s fallen military heroes.

TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, is one of four military support organizations benefiting from TriWest’s new Going Green program to encourage paperless communications.

“We are so pleased to be part of the Going Green initiative launched by TriWest,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and chairman.

“These donations will help fund our programs offering comfort and care to all those grieving the death of someone who served in the military, regardless of where or how they died,” said Carroll. “A $5 donation may not sound like a lot of money, but it can add up quickly and make a huge difference for our families.”

By registering at, TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can opt-in to receive paperless TRICARE communications, such as referral and authorization letters, claims and explanation of benefits statements.

TriWest will make a $5 donation to TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, if designated by the beneficiary, or another charity assisting military families, such as the USO, the Armed Services YMCA or Operation Homefront.

About TriWest

TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do "Whatever It Takes" to support the healthcare needs of 2.7 million members of America's military family. A Phoenix-based corporation, TriWest provides access to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICARE West Region. Visit for more information.

About TAPS

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the military. 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. Founded in 1994 out of tragedy by bereaved military families, the nonprofit organization has offered support to more than 30,000 people. For more information go to or call toll-free 800.959.TAPS.

Media contact: Ami Neiberger-Miller, 202.588.8277,

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