Members of the American Widow Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to this generation’s military widows, gathered recently in Boston, Mass.
The organization hosts events throughout the country uniting military widows to celebrate their survival, honor their loved ones sacrifice and provide a healing environment with others who share their journey.
The weekend was aimed at creating new bonds and promoting healing in a relaxed atmosphere at a vacation rental in Concord.
Activities included a day in Boston participating in the Boston Mad Dash and attending a Red Sox game, and a day in historic Concord.
In 2007 Michael Davis lost his life while serving his country in Iraq. At a mere 21 years of age, Taryn Guerrero Davis of San Marcos became a widow. In the wake of this tragedy, Taryn began to discover that resources were scarce for young military widows.
To reach out and support other young women who had lost a husband in service, Taryn began the American Widow Project (AWP). To date, the American Widow Project has served more than 1,100 military widows across the U.S.
In 2011, the AWP was recognized as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes, awarded the Diane Von Furstenberg People’s Voice Award, and was a recipient of VH1’s Do Something Award. Founder, Taryn Davis, was also named one of Newsweek’s 125 Women Who Shake the World, Glamour Magazine’s 21 Amazing Young Women, and was nominated as Texan of the Year. The American Widow Project is currently nominated as Small Charity of the Year for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards.
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