Courage Caps Helps Families of Fallen Military

As we honor service men and women on Veterans Day, the Capitals are doing their part to help make sure the families of fallen military are taken care of.

Courage Caps, in its fifth season, offers specially designed hats and T-shirts for purchase beginning Saturday. The program raised $46,837 last year and almost $140,000 to date.

One-hundred percent of this year’s proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit organization that helps families of the fallen. TAPS provides comfort and care for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one.

Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern helped to host a skating party at Kettler on Monday to kick off the program. The party was attended by families in the TAPS program.

“I think being in Washington and having a real big military base here, I would assume that everyone has put a foot forward to help out different military charities,” Halpern said at the event. “Especially for the Capitals to identify the role that this city plays and that the military plays for this city.”

The hats and T-shirts will have different price points, with some being signed by the players. Here is an easy breakdown. You can decide for yourself if Ovi’s autograph is worth $15 more out of your allowance.

•    Unsigned hats and T-shirts: $20
•    Hats and T-shirts autographed by Backstrom, Green, Ovechkin, Semin and Vokoun: $50
•    Hats and T-shirts autographed by any other Caps player: $35

•    Online
•    Community Relations table behind Section 104 on the main concourse
•    Team stores at Verizon Center and Kettler Capitals Iceplex

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