Military Widows Bond at Alaska Retreat

Friday, 26 Aug 2011 06:49 AM

 

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GIRDWOOD, Alaska — Jennifer Tullis still keeps her husband's camouflage uniform in the closet, all starched, ironed and folded, even though he died 12 years ago.

"He took so much pride in that," she said, smiling at the memory of her husband, Michael Peterson, a powerlifting Marine from Tooele, Utah.

Tullis and 75 other military widows — ranging in age from 21 to 62 — shared memories of their loved ones while hiking rugged trails and rafting the rapids of Alaska's Crow Creek last weekend. They were participants in the second Alaska Adventure excursion organized by TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

TAPS assists military widows and widowers whose spouses or significant others died in combat, from illness, suicide, "every type of loss imaginable," said TAPS founder and president Bonnie Carroll.

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