Oshkosh Defense Supports Families of our Fallen Military Members at TAPS Honor Guard Gala
OSHKOSH, Wis. (April 4, 2011) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is supporting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as a sponsor of its Honor Guard Gala, held April 5 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The event salutes and supports the families and loved ones of military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
“Nothing can replace the brave men and women who have given their lives for their country, but we can try to make life a little easier for their loved ones by helping them through the grieving process,” said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “We are truly honored to support the TAPS Honor Guard Gala. Through comprehensive emotional support services, TAPS has assisted more than 30,000 family members, casualty officers and caregivers as they work through the hardships that come with losing a loved service member.”
“It takes a community of care and support to help those left behind by our fallen military members,” said Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS. “Your contribution will provide comfort to all who are grieving the death of someone who served in our military and made the ultimate sacrifice. We are deeply grateful for the support of Oshkosh Defense.”
Funds raised at the gala will assist TAPS in providing round-the-clock tragedy assistance resources for anyone, whether friend or family, who has suffered the loss of a loved one who served in the military. Founded in 1994, TAPS provides comfort and care through peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention and grief and trauma resources.
Oshkosh Defense has a long-standing history of supporting military members, both in the field and when they return, and their families through charitable giving and program support. The company has partnered with organizations such as Fisher House, USO, Wounded Warriors Project, Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), Our Military Kids and others. Oshkosh also actively recruits from the military and currently employs more than 300 guard, reserve and retired military members.
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 30,000 surviving family members of our fallen military since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars, case work assistance, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline 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 the toll-free crisis line at 800-959-TAPS.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.
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