AWP History

Taryn Davis

Founder/Executive Director

Taryn was living the “normal” life. She had married her soul mate, was about to graduate college, and had her future with him to look forward to. That was until May 21, 2007.

CPL Michael Davis, her husband, had been killed by multiple roadside bombs just an hour and a half after they last spoke. Lost, alone and ready to give up in the new world she’d been thrown into, she began traveling around the country to hear other women’s stories of love, tragedy… and most importantly, their path to survival. In hearing their accounts, she hoped to learn and embrace the title that had been given to her… that of a military widow.

What began as her own personal journey, has expanded into a national non-profit organization, a documentary film and a network of healing that has reached thousands. Inspired off the willpower and strength of the women “in her shoes”, she has found that true love is eternal, that the lessons her husband shared still run through her veins, the heart can heal and that she is not alone. For her work with the AWP she has received such awards as: A Top 10 CNN Hero, L’Oreal’s National Women of Worth, Newsweek’s 150 Women Shaking the World, DVF People’s Voice Recipient, Glamour Magazine’s 30 Under 30, VH1’s Do Something AWard and more. She also has been blessed to have shared her journey such stages: GE, Forbes, TED, Chicago Ideas Week and more.