The TAPS Daily - April 14, 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. ‘We're both fighting battles’ — Tables turned as deployed soldiers worry about COVID-19 at home
    (Task & Purpose)
    For the nearly 700 Minnesota National Guard soldiers on a yearlong deployment in the Middle East with the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, the past month has been a disorienting experience. From afar they watch life back home turn into a slow-moving nightmare, a new normal they can't fully grasp from their posts in the desert.
  2. 'Such a simple thing to do': Why positioning COVID-19 patients on their stomachs can save lives
    (CNN)
    Doctors are finding that placing the sickest coronavirus patients on their stomachs -- called prone positioning - helps increase the amount of oxygen that's getting to their lungs.
  3. Parenting Support During the Coronavirus: An Ongoing Webinar Series
    (PEPParentOnline.com)
    PEP continues to offer free weekly webinars on relevant topics to support parents during the evolving COVID-19 crisis. The webinars will be held on Thursdays at 12 noon Eastern.
  4. Military Childcare During COVID-19
    (Military OneSource)
    If child care issues are on top of your list right now, Military OneSource is here to help you find the answers you need.
  5. Find Meals on Wheels Near You During COVID-19
    (Meals on Wheels America)
    Concerned about older family members or friends during the coronavirus pandemic? Meals on Wheels continues to provide healthy nourishment during the COVID-19 pandemic to isolated seniors in need. 

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

  • A special honor for a fallen young veteran amid COVID-19 restrictions
    (KARE 11)
    With no military funeral possible, veterans found others ways to honor one of their own.
  • Healing After Suicide Loss Conference
    (AAS.org)
    The American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) host the 32nd International Healing After Suicide Loss Conference online Saturday, April 25. Registration is free and all are invited to share hope, healing, and support.

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

COVID-19 Key Updates

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

  • Defense Health Agency to Beneficiaries: Stop Taking Zantac
    (Military.com)
    Defense Health Agency officials on Monday advised military beneficiaries who take Zantac, also known as ranitidine, for heartburn, ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux disease, to speak with their doctors to switch prescriptions. Those using an over-the-counter version should stop taking it.
  • How millions of veterans could miss out on coronavirus stimulus checks
    (CNBC)
    The IRS requires eligible households to file a tax return in order to receive their money. But many veterans and their survivors who rely solely on government benefits do not typically have to submit a return. This year, that means they could also fall through the cracks of the stimulus program.
  • Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    (USDA.gov)
    The Department of Agriculture has provided a useful online source to help you take precautions on food planning, including what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

 

Military News

Military News

 

Survivor News

Military Survivor News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

  • USAA increases aid for COVID-19 response by $2.3 million
    (San Antonio Express News)
    San Antonio’s USAA and the USAA Foundation announced they will give a total of $2.3 million to military-related and national nonprofits to aid in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. 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.
  • 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.

 

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