The TAPS Daily - April 13, 2020


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.


Top 5 News Items

Today's Highlights

 

  1. TAPS COVID-19 Response
    Find resources, services, and support provided 24/7 by TAPS to surviving military families navigating the challenges of COVID-19.

  2. Sailor from Theodore Roosevelt has died of COVID-19 complications
    (Navy Times)
    A sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt died after being admitted to an intensive care unit in Guam last week for coronavirus complications — the first such death of a sailor from the vessel.
  3. Naval Academy cancels Class of 2020 commissioning events over COVID-19 concerns
    (Navy Times)
    The U.S. Naval Academy has officially canceled all of this year’s Commissioning Week events amid concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the academy announced.
  4. Veterans' remote mental health appointments skyrocket amid coronavirus outbreak
    (Military Times)
    Remote mental health care use among Veterans Affairs patients jumped dramatically last month as normal medical care appointments were disrupted and veterans were forced into self-isolation because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  5. Coronavirus: Boy Scout plays taps outside veterans home hit hard
    (USA Today)
    13-year old Boy Scout plays taps each day outside New Jersey Veterans' Home to honor the 37 military veterans who have died there in the past two weeks. At least 10 of the deaths were from the coronavirus.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

  • LISTEN: Lonestar's 'Love Lives On' Honors Fallen Military Heroes
    (Taste of Country)
    John Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tilllis, Larry Gatlin and Andy Griggs are a few more of the artists involved with the full Love Lives On album. Each of the 10 songs features surviving family members of someone killed while serving our country as a co-writer. The songs tell their stories in hopes of letting people know there's help out there.
  • Unit Stabilization After Suicide Loss
    (Psycharmor.org)
    Learn how to apply safe messaging and the TAPS postvention model to help stabilize your military unit and foster a culture that better supports suicide prevention, mental health, and wellness in PsychArmor’s new course “Unit Stabilization After Suicide Loss.”
  • COVID-19: Pandemic, Grief, Loss and Suicidality
    (ADEC.org)
    TAPS Vice President, Kim Ruocco, Suicide Prevention and Postvention took part in a 60 minute panel hosted by the Association for Deathology Education and Counseling on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

COVID-19 Key Updates

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

  • Millions of veterans to get letters this week on potential reimbursements for medical costs
    (Military Times)
    Starting today, department staffers will send letters to tens of thousands of veterans who were rejected for financial relief in recent years for bills they received for non-department emergency medical care. That move comes over VA objections concerning an ongoing lawsuit over the issue, which could add billions in new costs to the department’s budget.

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

Illness Loss

Illness Loss

 

Military News

Military News

 

Survivor News

Military Survivor News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

  • Use your TAPS gear to create masks for our troops and healthcare providers
    The CDC has strongly encouraged all Americans to wear a cloth facemask when out of their homes. Masks are in short supply so we’re encouraging you to lend a hand by making masks and sharing them with military families, veterans, your loved ones, and healthcare providers. Share your creations on social media by tagging @taps.org and use #TAPS.
  • Responding to coronavirus: TAPS Extends Virtual Services for Families Grieving Deaths of a Military Loved One
    To provide ongoing support during this national emergency to survivors grieving the death of a loved one who served in the military, TAPS is extending its online capabilities, adding more opportunities for survivors to connect and receive support as needed.
  • USAA to return $520 million to members.
    (USAA.com)
    USAA is returning $520 million to their members with auto policies during the COVID-19 crisis. President of USAA Life Company and USAA Investment Management Company, Brandon Carter, serves on the TAPS Board of Directors and USAA is a strong supporter of TAPS.
  • Battelle advising government's COVID-19 strategy.
    (Battelle.org)
    Battelle has developed cutting edge technology to decontaminate PPEs and allow for multiple uses.  Battelle CEO Lou VonThaer serves on the TAPS Board of Directors and Battelle is a strong supporter of TAPS.

 

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