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Top 5 News Items

Today's Highlights

 

  1. Hey Grinch, NORAD is tracking Santa despite coronavirus
    Connecting Vets
    The NORAD Tracks Santa program is up and running as the agency prepares to track the Jolly Old Elf for the 65th year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
  2. Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up potential override 
    The Hill 
    President Trump followed through Wednesday on his threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), setting up what could be the first and only veto override of his presidency.
  3. Congress Passes Sweeping Veterans Benefits Package
    TAPS was instrumental in the passage of this legislation and will continue to advocate for a variety of other issues in 2021, including ensuring health care and benefits for veterans exposed to toxins and their survivors, increasing Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), allowing surviving spouses to retain benefits upon remarriage, and further expansion of the Fry Scholarship.
  4. Trump Slams COVID-19 Relief Bill, asks for Changes after Negotiations 
    NPR
    President Trump is threatening to derail a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package passed by congress on Monday, calling it a “disgrace” after months of bitter negotiations.
  5. Acting Secretary of Defense Miller made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan 
    CNN
    Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
  6. Trump Pardons Marine Vet Duncan Hunter and Contractors Convicted in Iraq Killings 
    Military.com
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned 15 people, including Republican allies, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe and former government contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad.
  7. 32 Years of Tree Stumps, and other Military Family Holiday Traditions
    Military Times
    Military families are resilient and flexible, adapting and creating new traditions in new places; here readers share some of their traditions that may bring some much-needed cheer to others.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Mental Health / Wellness

  • 3 C's For Holiday Grief 
    TAPS
    This time of year can bring challenges and TAPS wants to share the 3 C’s for holiday grief that may help you prepare.
  • Holiday Grief Tips
    TAPS
    As we move into the holiday season and approach the end of this difficult year, always remember you have your TAPS Family to lean on.
  • Grief in the Holidays - Finding Meaning and Hope as a Family
    TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing
    The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing explores ideas and strategies for coping with the holidays and how hope and meaning might be found even in the midst of grief.
  • 3 Steps to a Resilient Holiday Season 
    Mindful.org
    The holidays are a time for celebration but can also be a trying time, both emotionally and mentally. Here’s how to strengthen your capacity for resilience and connect with what really matters.
  • Decking the Halls with Christmas Lights Brightens a Dark 2020
    NPR
    How one Ohioan decorated her yard to bring holiday cheer to her family after a tough year. The centerpiece is a "memory tree" with handmade ornaments commemorating those her family, neighbors and visitors have lost this year.
  • 'Santa Todd' Goes Virtual to Provide Holiday Joy to Children 
    Army.mil
    Todd Bishop started playing Santa Claus a couple years ago as a way to give back during the holidays, but things have changed quite a bit over the past year.

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

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