Kim Ruocco, MSW
Vice President for Suicide Prevention and Postvention
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Kim Ruocco, MSW has been a social worker for over 30 years providing mental health services in various settings both in the military and civilian communities. She is the surviving spouse of Marine Corp Major John Ruocco, who was a Cobra pilot who died by suicide in 2005 following a combat tour in Iraq. Kim’s professional training and personal experience provides her with a unique perspective on suicide prevention and postvention that is invaluable to the field.
Kim is currently the Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention for the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS). In this capacity she develops partnerships, programs and trainings that bridge the gaps between active duty military, veterans and their families and those who provide care and services to them. Kim has developed a best practice, three phase postvention model that has provided hope and healing to almost 10,000 survivors of military suicide loss and is being used in settings across the country and internationally.