Julie Bingham, Brenau University admissions coordinator, was selected by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to march in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 20.
TAPS is a nonprofit that provides support to families and friends grieving the loss of a member of the armed forces. Bingham was chosen to represent her late husband, Spc. Elvis Bingham, along with others.
“To be chosen for something that is to me as momentous as this event, is just amazing,” Bingham said.
Bingham was interviewed on Brenau’s campus Wednesday by WSB-TV Atlanta. She told reporters that TAPS has been a blessing, giving her a network of people who have suffered a similar loss.
She described it as “an amazing club, but one you never want to join.” She and other members of TAPS are marching to help raise awareness of the need for greater mental health support for returning service men and women.
The inauguration will be particularly meaningful for Bingham, as it falls on her late husband’s birthday.
To watch her interview, go to http://www.wsbtv.com/video?videoId=485646833&videoVersion=1.0/.