American Widow Project

Healing...Military Widow to Military Widow
American Widow Project

Since 2001, over 6,200 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Around half of these service members were married, leaving an estimated 3,000 military widows across our country. While the service member’s sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a widow of war. Oftentimes the invisible wounds of military widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack of knowledge and understanding.

The American Widow Project is a non-profit 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 laughter. Military Widow to Military Widow.


Our Site

Built to house ideas, stories, and advice, we have compiled a multitude of resources to help with the lifetime of struggles that come along with being a military widow.

Our Film : Request a DVD »

The 75 minute documentary gives a candid look into the stories, struggles and perseverance of 6 military widows. Everything is covered from meeting the love of their life to the knock on the door, life as a single parent, and decorating a headstone. The film is being distributed FREE of charge to all military widows and widowers as a key to the healing process.

Our Newsletter : Sign-up »

Compiled and created by other widows, the newsletters range in content and keep the widows up to date on all our happenings.

Our Hotline : 1-877-AWP WIDOW Contact Us »

No counselors will be answering the calls, just widows who are going through the same trials and tribulations.

Our Events : View Our Events »

We do not hold seminars or have speakers, we have each other. The widows come together to enjoy life the way they did when their spouse was still alive. From surfing to ziplining, we are here to enjoy each others company and share some of our fondest memories.


Taryn Davis, Founder and Executive Director

Contact Taryn Davis directly: »

Taryn DavisTaryn Davis, 25, was living the “normal” life; She had married her soul mate, was about to graduate college, and had her future with him to look forward to. That was until May 21, 2007. Her husband had been killed by multiple roadside bombs just an hour and a half after they last spoke. Feeling lost and alone in the new world she’d been thrown into, she began traveling around the country to hear other women’s stories of love, tragedy… and overall survival. In hearing their accounts, she hoped to learn more about the title that been had given to her… that of a military widow.

What began as her own personal journey, has expanded into a non-profit organization, a documentary film, and a growing website. She has grasped on and embraced her new life with all the enthusiasm and passion she had when Michael was still alive. Inspired solely off the willpower and strength of the women “in her shoes” she has found that true love is eternal, that the lessons and things her husband said and did still run through her veins, and mostly….she is not alone.

Taryn and the AWP have received recognition from the Following:
*2011 Newsweek Magazine’s “150 Women Who Shake the World”
*Diller-Von Furstenburg Foundation’s “People’s Voice Award” Winner
*L’Oreal’s 2010 National Woman of Worth
* VH1’s Do Something Award Recipient
* Austin Woman Magazine’s “10 Women to Watch”


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