TAPS COVID-19 Response
The need is great and growing
CDC predicts up to 70% of the American public could become infected by the coronavirus. Our country is experiencing the highest unemployment rate in American history.
Time is of the essence
Our survivors need our support and action to help get them through another challenging time. TAPS is uniquely positioned to provide a loving support system for them.
At TAPS, we’re no stranger to challenging times, and we’re all doing our part to support one another and get through these difficult times together. As always, TAPS is here 24/7, and our team is working hard to provide resources, services and support to surviving military families as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Please find additional facts below for your reflection; our families need your support now more than ever as we face these difficult days ahead.
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Emergency Financial Assistance
TAPS is providing immediate emergency financial assistance to surviving military families after all other options have been exhausted.
Government and Partner Resources
TAPS is ensuring all survivor benefits are protected during this national emergency.
TAPS is sharing the latest news, resources, and thought pieces relevant to the military family community.
Maintaining 24/7 Operating Hours
TAPS is providing life saving support whenever and wherever it is needed.
Launching of TAPS Talks
TAPS is holding daily virtual video gatherings hosted by subject matter experts in grief and stress management.
Suicide Loss Support
TAPS provides gentle, understanding support as we work through the complicated emotions associated with suicide loss.
Young Adult Programming
TAPS created a all-new programming online to help maintain positivity during difficult times.
Stories of Hope
TAPS is sharing inspiring articles by surviving family members to help others during times of crisis.
SURVIVOR FAST FACTS
Every state in the USA has mobilized the National Guard and the military is activating Reserves and retirees to support COVID-19 response efforts; many will get sick and sadly some will pass from the illness.
National Guard members do not generally qualify for federal benefits including death benefits while mobilized under state orders.
Military survivors are typically one-income families, even with a government stimulus check, many are struggling to pay basic living expenses during COVID-19. 25% of respondents reported income less than $27,000 a year.
10.5 million veterans are over age 60 and are designated as “high risk” of mortality from COVID-19. TAPS is available 24/7 to support the needs of their loved ones.
20% of respondents have lost income either due to layoffs, a reduction in hours, or have lost income because they are a small business owner.
64% of TAPS Survivors are not receiving monthly benefits following the death of their military loved one.
An active duty surviving spouse with two children receives $27,241 in benefits; the poverty guideline for a three person family is $21,330. 61% of TAPS surviving spouses not receiving monthly benefits have at least 2 or more dependents under the age of 18 living in the home.
70% of TAPS Survivors reported an increase in grief for themselves and their family members due to the disruption in grief rituals, increased stress and isolation of COVID-19
82% of grieving TAPS survivors report an increase in feelings of grief, anxiety, depression, and sadness as a result of COVID-19.
90% report a noticeable increase in the anxiety, depression and grief of their family members as a result of COVID-19.
COVID-19 MILITARY SURVIVOR IMPACT SURVEY
Please share how COVID-19 has impacted you as a military survivor.
Why Support TAPS During COVID-19?
As a nation we will rise to the challenge COVID-19 is presenting. While we support our own loved ones, we must remember that there are families who have already sacrificed so much for our nation and they need our support. Please assist those grieving the death of their military loved one with a donation to TAPS.
Banner Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hightower; Image Courtesy of DVIDS