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Welcome to The TAPS Daily - your source for some of the latest news, resources, and thought pieces from across the military and veteran community during the COVID-19 response.


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Today's Highlights

 

  1. Don't throw out that pre-paid debit card ... it could be your stimulus payment
    (CNBC)
    Have you received a pre-paid debit card in the mail? Don’t throw it out. It could be your stimulus payment.
  2. Family autopsy: Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure
    (AP)
    An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes and ignored his cries of distress, the family’s attorneys said Monday.
  3. West Point cadets test positive for COVID-19 upon returning to campus for commencement speech
    (Task and Purpose)
    At least sixteen West Point cadets have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) upon returning to the New York campus for President Donald Trump's upcoming speech at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 13.
  4. Astronauts describe ride to space aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon
    (CBS News)
    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that boosted astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken into space provided a slightly rougher ride than expected during the later stages of the climb to orbit, but both said Monday they enjoyed their historic trip and marveled at a smooth-as-silk docking with the space station.
  5. Facebook Employees Revolt Over Zuckerberg's Hands-Off Approach To Trump
    (NPR)
    Facebook is facing an unusually public backlash from its own employees to the company's handling of President Trump's inflammatory posts about protests over the police's killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.
  6. This is what happens to the coins left on military headstones
    (We Are The Mighty)
    While it's not exclusively a military tradition, this is common at the resting places of fallen troops. Eventually, someone has to collect these coins and put them to good use. So, what happens?
  7. War hero McRaven tells MIT grads they're the 'real heroes'
    (Connecting Vets)
    William McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, told members of MIT's graduating class Friday that they are the “real heroes” who will save the world from pandemics, war, climate change, poverty and racism.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Survivor News

Military Family News

  • Why War Powers Matter to Military Families
    (Newsweek)
    We can choose how our country decides to go to war. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress sole authority to declare war. But right now, two longstanding authorizations for use of military force have been stretched by presidents from both parties to provide enough leeway to engage in numerous military interventions beyond the laws' intentions.
  • Missing in Action: How Military Families Spurred the MIA Movement
    (History)
    In the wake of the Vietnam War, families of military members who never returned from service banded together to demand an accounting.

 

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