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MSE Foundation and the Washington Capitals Raise $140,000 for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors through 2015-16 Courage Caps Presented by Telos Corporation

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and Telos Corporation CEO John Wood presented Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), with a check in the amount of $140,000 during the Capitals game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 7, at Verizon Center.

The money was raised through Courage Caps presented by Telos Corporation. The Capitals sold team-issued Courage-branded hats and T-shirts to benefit TAPS for the fifth-consecutive season. Since 2011, MSE Foundation has raised nearly $640,000 for TAPS through this program.

“Whenever one of our families sees a Courage Cap, they know that America has not forgotten them or their loved one,” said Bonnie Carroll, Founder of TAPS and 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “Telos Corporation, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and the Washington Capitals have been true friends to TAPS. We are grateful for their enduring support."

One hundred percent of the proceeds from more than 2,800 Courage hats and 2,300 Courage T-shirts sold during the 2015-16 season benefitted TAPS, a national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Courage campaign has raised nearly $775,000 for charity through the sale of more than 22,000 Courage hats in nine years and more than 11,000 Courage T-shirts in seven years.

To launch the 2015-16 Courage campaign, Washington Capitals American players John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie and Nate Schmidt, mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers hosted more than 150 children and adults assisted by TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Jan. 20.

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 55,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, healing seminars and retreats for adults, camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and the 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline at 800.959.TAPS (8277) available 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 TAPS at 800.959.TAPS (8277).

Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world's most security-conscious enterprises with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems, and information. Telos offerings include cybersecurity solutions and services for IT risk management and information security; secure mobility to protect globally connected enterprises; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations, and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

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