Klinger Children's Book & Plush

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Based on Klinger, a real horse that serves in the Caisson Platoon in Arlington National Cemetery, this work of fiction was written for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors ("TAPS") in honor of all of America's beloved fallen heroes.  Klinger is visited often by TAPS kids during Good Grief Camp in Arlington and the love appears to be mutual.  Written by Betsy Beard, former TAPS magazine editor and surviving mom of SPC Bradley Beard. Illustrated by Shelley Johannes.

Klinger Children's Book

  • Full colored children's book
  • Hardback cover
  • Illustrates a young horse dreaming of fame as a racehorse and the struggles of achieving his dreams to then find fulfillment in honoring fallen heroes and bringing comfort to their families

Klinger Companion Plush Horse

  • 8" stuffed Klinger horse (resembles Klinger who works in Arlington National Cemetery as a Caisson horse)
  • Customer manufactured by Aurora
  • Machine washable
  • Stuffed with polyester fibers and plastic pellets


About Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

TAPS provides compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.

Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

TAPS provides a variety of programs to survivors nationally and worldwide. Their National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been held annually in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend since 1994. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world. Staff can get you connected to counseling in your community and help navigate benefits and resources.