Winnefeld family

TAPS Donation Campaign in Honor of Jon Winnefeld Seeks to Help Fight Drug Epidemic

We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful son Jonathan after a long and honorable struggle with the disease of addiction. We do not want Jonathan to pass in vain. We are determined to do whatever we can to help our nation come to grips with this emergency.

Accordingly, in November 2017, we began our initiative S.A.F.E. Project, "Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic." There are a lot of other efforts out there, and we don't want to compete with them. Our goal is to essentially to help tie them all together through support for other organizations, informational resources, outreach, and where appropriate, advocacy. We are organized along six lines of operation:

  • Public Awareness: Raise the level of awareness of the causes and nature of the disease of addiction, its associated costs, and how to reverse the opioid epidemic.
  • Full-Spectrum Prevention: Support research into substance abuse prevention, support prevention programs across the spectrum potential victims, and provide advice to families to prevent addiction in their children.
  • Prescription Medicine: Raise awareness of non-addictive pain management methods, support tighter opioid prescription protocols, and support research into non-addictive pain management drugs.
  • Law Enforcement & Medical Response: Encourage and support law enforcement efforts to remove illegal drug availability and help prevent overdoses in real-time.
  • Treatment & Recovery: Provide resources and advice regarding treatment and recovery options.
  • Family Outreach & Support: Provide meaningful advice, assistance, and lessons learned to friends or families with a member who is coping with addiction.

Since we started, we launched our S.A.F.E. Communities and S.A.F.E. Campuses programs such as our Campus Recovery Leadership Academy, and have met families, youth, and communities across the country who want a solution to this complex epidemic. Working together, we know we will stop this epidemic one person, one community, and one campus at a time. If you’d like to know more about our approach, visit our S.A.F.E project website.

Our dear friend Bonnie Carroll, who founded and leads the non-profit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and has done so much for the families of the fallen in our military, supported a segregated fund within the TAPS organization so that we may accept donations in our first year. Now we are a full-fledged 501(c)3 and cannot thank Bonnie and her team enough for their heart-felt support.

We have no expectation whatsoever that you will donate to this fund. The outreach you have already so lovingly given to us has sustained us in the past year and has made a real difference to those who struggle with addiction and the friends and families who support them.

Thank you so very much for your support. We look forward to another year of hard work on the most important issue facing our country the overdose epidemic.

Building a SAFE US for All ... One Person, One Community, and One Campus at a Time,
Sandy and Mary Winnefeld

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TAPS Mission

TAPS is the national nonprofit organization offering compassion, comfort and care to all those coping with the death of a loved one who was serving in the military or in support of the military mission. TAPS helps survivors cope and heal in the aftermath of their loss through a variety of nationwide programs, including a national peer support network, Survivor Seminars for adults and Good Grief Camps for children. TAPS also provides grief and trauma resources and information and a toll-free 24-hour helpline. All services are free of charge to survivors and provided through the generosity of private corporations and individuals. TAPS is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 Veterans Service Organization and is not part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.

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The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is not part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.
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