Wrangler Brigade Volunteers Help Grieving Children

By Pfc. Amy M. Lane
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — One of the Army values is selfless service, and volunteers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), along with other III Corps Soldiers, were a living example of this value during the Good Grief Camp July 22 – 24.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, organized the annual event, which pairs children who have lost a loved one in the military with a Soldier-mentor for two days of activities aimed at dealing with grief. Mentors received training before the event.

The Wrangler Brigade sent 15 volunteers to the event, with various reasons for offering their time. Some said they were doing it to honor a loved one they had lost, to honor those lost in the shooting last November, or simply to help children.

Spc. Tommie Hollins from the 62nd Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, was there because he has two children of his own.

“When I was asked if I would come and work with the kids for a couple of days, I was happy to do it,” said Hollins. “If something happened to me, I would want someone to do the same thing for my children. I’d want them to have the same support channel.”

The children were split up by age group into classrooms to get to know their buddy. Each classroom had a TAPS volunteer facilitating the activities. After the initial introductions and icebreakers, the Soldiers and children quickly found a comfort level with one another.

“I’m a children’s grief counselor, so I knew I had something to offer the program” said Vicki Jay, a TAPS volunteer and a counselor at Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Center in Midland, Texas. “And we appreciate the Soldiers who come out and volunteer their time to help these kids. Children travelled from all over the country to be here this weekend.”

Along with the group activities, the children and their buddies took field trips to a dining facility and the 1st Cavalry Museum.

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Volunteers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), along with other III Corps Soldiers, paired up with children who have lost a loved one in the military for two days of activities aimed at dealing with grief during the Good Grief Camp July 22 – 24 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

 

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Volunteers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), along with other III Corps Soldiers, paired up with children who have lost a loved one in the military for two days of activities aimed at dealing with grief during the Good Grief Camp July 22 – 24 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

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Volunteers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), along with other III Corps Soldiers, paired up with children who have lost a loved one in the military for two days of activities aimed at dealing with grief during the Good Grief Camp July 22 – 24 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

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Volunteers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), along with other III Corps Soldiers, paired up with children who have lost a loved one in the military for two days of activities aimed at dealing with grief during the Good Grief Camp July 22 – 24 at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)