The American Widow Project

In 2007, Tayrn Davis was 23 years old, married and getting ready to graduate from college when her husband was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. She found herself feeling totally alone and longing to talk with other people in the same situation.

Taryn Davis with her husband, CPL Michael Davis.

Taryn decided to drive across the country to find other young, military widows with whom to talk about love, loss and  to learn how they survive. What started as a trip to help herself heal, turned into the non-profit organization called The American Widow Project, “an 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 laugher…….military widow to military widow.”

Taryn’s cross-country road trip also resulted in a 75 minute documentary featuring six military widows. It covers everything from how they met their husbands, the knock on the door, being a single parent to decorating a headstone. Taryn’s documentary is given out free to all military widows and widowers to assist them in their healing process.

Taryn now travels the country on this bus which lists names of brave soldiers who have given their lives.

The American Widow Project has a newsletter written by widows and a hotline answered by widows. The women do not hold seminars or have speakers they rely on each other. They get together for weekend getaways of golf, surfing and even skydiving in an effort to enjoy life the way they did when their spouses were still alive. Everything is organized by Taryn.

I am astonished at what Taryn has accomplished at such a young age and under such tragic circumstances which is why I nominated her for a Point of Light Award. I know there are lots of good people out there but can’t think of anyone more deserving of the award than Taryn. If you feel the same, please go to pointsoflight.org and click on ‘what we do’ then ‘ recognizing service’ and fill out the online form.  It will only take a few minutes.

Taryn, front/left and friends in front of the AWP bus.

The following quote by Thornton Wilder appears on the AWP website. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Please check out the American Widow Project at americanwidowproject.org or by clicking on the link in the blogroll in the column on the right.

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