- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A support group for families of fallen military members honored Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday with its Lifetime Service Award.

Clinton was given the award by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors at an event in the city. She has served as an honorary chairwoman of the organization, which provides grief resources and peer support to people whose loved ones in the military have died.

TAPS President Bonnie Carroll told Clinton the members of the organization considered her as family. She said Clinton has “remained faithful to honoring and remembering all those who have served and sacrificed.”

Clinton said the moment was “emotional” for her, especially with the birth last week of her granddaughter. She praised the organization for the connections it has made between grieving families, giving them a community.

“This kind of community of support and shared experience has really made all the difference in the lives of so many,” she said.

Clinton, a former U.S. first lady and secretary of state and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, then spoke with several attendees one on one and posed for photographs.

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