Taft Family - HOPE NYE

(left to right) Jacksonville residents, retired Navy Senior Chief Ward Taft, Amy Taft, and daughters, Isabella Taft (21), Clara Taft (15) and (center) Dr. Doolittle in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – The Taft family fulfilled a family bucket list trip by ringing in the New Year in Times Square thanks to Hope For The Warriors.

Retired Navy Senior Chief Ward Taft and wife, Amy, and two daughters, Isabella and Clara, always dreamed of going to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. After Ward’s injuries from serving 20 years in the Navy they weren’t sure if it would happen.

Hope For The Warriors hosted 150 military families from across the country in a secured area within Times Square.

“Watching the ball drop in Times Square was something that we had only dreamed of,” said Amy Taft.  “Through Hope For The Warriors, we were able to make this dream a reality in an atmosphere that anticipated all of our families unique needs. We had so much fun dancing and waiting for the ball to drop and the confetti was mind blowing.

“Memories are the foundation of a family and this is one memory that we will carry for a lifetime.”

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit which assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit hopeforthewarriors.org.

About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 30,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded over 140 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of over 27,500 since 2010. For more information, visithopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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