First Daughter Chelsea Clinton tweeted a Memorial Day message to her 2.25 million followers today that not only honors service members for their contributions and sacrifices for America but also provides a path for others to help those they left behind.
On #MemorialDay, Marc & I donated to @TAPSorg, which supports those grieving the loss of a loved veteran. Learn more about their important work here: https://t.co/X9ykUnK5J2. If you’re able to support their work, I hope you’ll consider doing so, thank you.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 28, 2018
Clinton is referring to her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, with whom she has a three-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and one-year-old son, Aidan
TAPS is a non-profit that since it was created has provided assistance to more than 75,000 families, caregivers and those who help the casualties, among others.
It runs a national hotline that operates around the clock and has programs throughout the year.
Those include the Good Grief Camp that ends its 24th annual event in Washington, D.C. today, as well as a National Military Survivor Seminar and regional seminars for both adults and young people.
It also holds retreats and facilitates expeditions around the world.
It provides referrals to counseling programs in local communities and helps the survivors navigate the benefits and resources to deal with the loss of a loved one.
Its peer support programs, it explains on its website, “gives those who have had a unique experience or who are facing a personal challenge the framework to connect with another that shared experience or challenge.”
Clinton has made it part of her life to give back for all she has been given.
She has talked about inheriting her maternal grandmother’s “responsibility gene.”
She was friends with Ivanka Trump at one time but they haven’t talked in quite a while, Clinton said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper of the U.K.
She will not speak against Ivanka but makes it clear she disagrees with much of what she has done and the way she follows her fathers lead.
Clinton said she used to think when people said horrible things about her and her family the beast thing was just to ignore it, but she now feels differently, in part because of Trump.
“I think that the way that our president and many people around him have not only mainstreamed hate but mainlined it, is so deeply dangerous.,” Clinton told The Guardian.”
She sees it in the increase in bullying among kids.
“Children are citing the president as they’re demeaning a little girl, or they’re chanting ‘Build a wall’ in an attempt to demean and degrade brown children,” said Clinton, “so the reason, now, I no longer ignore it when people say hateful things to me on the street or on social media is, I think we have to shine a light.”
“I think those of us who have platforms to do that have to say this is wrong and unacceptable,” added Clinton, “so we don’t normalise it but try to detoxify what has been unleashed. Because if we don’t, we leave a vacuum. And I think the darkness fills that vacuum.”
So on this Memorial Day, Clinton used her platform to help the military families, many of whom have paid the ultimate price – the loss of a loved one.
So while Ivanka fills an office at the White House but does almost nothing meaningful, Chelsea Clinton is chosen a more meaningful role and a life that truly helps others.