Unifying the New Generation of Military Widows

Since 2001, over 6,500 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Around half of these service members were married, leaving an estimated 3,200 military widows from the wars alone. These numbers do not include our heroes who have lost their lives due to non-combat related causes.

Taryn Davis was living the “normal” life; she had married her soul mate Michael, was about to graduate college, and had her future with him to look forward to. That was until May 21, 2007. Michael had been killed by multiple roadside bombs just an hour and a half after they last spoke.

Feeling lost and alone 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 overall survival. In hearing their accounts, she hoped to learn more about the title that been had given to her… that of a military widow. What began as her own personal journey has expanded into a non-profit organization, a documentary film, and a comprehensive website.

‘The American Widow Project has introduced me to a group of amazing widows. We boost each other up. It lets us come together to navigate through this life holding hands with others who ‘get it.’ It reminds us that it is okay to laugh and be alive.’ – Deborah May

Throughout Taryn’s journey, she has learned to grasp on and embrace her new life with all the enthusiasm and passion she had when Michael was still alive. Inspired solely off the willpower and strength of the women “in her shoes” she has found that true love is eternal, that the lessons and things her husband said and did still run through her veins, and most of all, that she is not alone.

Since the start of her non-profit, the American Widow Project has reached out to over 1700 military widows, held over 36 national events allowing military widows to connect and heal, and provides unlimited resources and interactive tools to help guide and support others through their lifetime journey as a military widow.

‘It’s been two years since I became a part of the AWP and it has enriched my life beyond anything I could imagine. My fellow widows are now some of my best friends and my greatest supporters. When I have those reoccurring moments of grief and pain, they are there to hold my hand and talk me through it. They are always there to support and encourage me through this bittersweet life. They inspire me to love, remember and most importantly, to live.’ – Danielle Schaefer

More About This Charity

Region

South

Category

Small Charity of the Year, Most Effective Awareness Campaign by a Charity

Name

American Widow Project

Mission

The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter. Military Widow to Military Widow.

Impact

  • This Achievement raised $450,000
  • This charity raised $250,000 in the past year
  • This charity helped 1700 people in the past year
  • Have reached out to over 1700 military widows, have over 30,000 facebook likes to raise awareness

Works In

United States

Learn More

americanwidowproject.org

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