The TAPS Daily - April 15, 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.
- Economic Impact Payments
The IRS launched a website on Wednesday to help people expedite the delivery of stimulus money by providing banking details. The website also helps people track the status of their payment.
- What to do if you lost your health insurance amid coronavirus pandemic
As the nation confronts a fast-moving novel coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are fighting another crisis at home: joblessness and a loss of health insurance.
- Eligible Veterans can get free Portal
Eligible Veterans can now receive free Portal from Facebook video calling devices thanks to a partnership with Facebook and the American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network. The devices help Veterans connect with their Caregivers, families and friends to reduce isolation and improve social connectivity.
- Doctors and Nurses Dance to 'Don't Stop Believin'' as Coronavirus Patients Leave NYC Hospital
The hospital staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital give the patients being discharged a little musical celebration.
- TAPS Facebook Live on April 22 Featuring Chef Robert Irvine
Calling our TAPS foodies and chefs of all levels! We are excited to announce our next Facebook Live event — a TAPS Spotlight with Chef Robert Irvine on Wednesday, April 22!
- 'We've Got the Energy:' Military Doctors Relieve Worn-Out Staff in NYC Hospitals
Military medical staff are departing underused Navy hospital ships and field medical centers to relieve overburdened civilian doctors in New York City's hard-hit hospitals as the coronavirus crisis wears on.
TAPS In the News
- 4 gifts the military gives children
(We Are The Mighty)
Military families worldwide can all take a minute to feel good about the hidden gifts they're giving to their children simply by being part of the service community.
- Congressman Kim Leads Bipartisan Effort to Lower Prescription Drugs Costs for Veterans During Coronavirus Crisis
(Insider New Jersey)
Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) led a bipartisan call to Congressional leadership to lower prescription drug costs for TRICARE beneficiaries by eliminating copays on mail order prescription drugs through the next Coronavirus relief package. TAPS is working with Rep. Kim and Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) to advance this legislation.
- USAA donates $2.3 million to military-focused nonprofits, $4.4 million nationally
(News 4 San Antonio)
USAA and The USAA Foundation announced it will donate $2.3 million to military-focused nonprofits to support the COVID-19 response, bringing the total contributions to top $4.4 million across the country. 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.
- Deemed essential, funeral homes adapt to shifts in social distancing during services
As the coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to be a pandemic of concern in Michigan, the nation and globally, nonessential services are being temporarily postponed.
COVID-19 Key Updates
- COVID-19 Map
(Johns Hopkins University)
The number of coronavirus cases around the world topped 2 million on Wednesday, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, over 128,000 global deaths have been recorded.
- The military’s travel ban is getting an extension, SECDEF confirms
A 60-day ban on all non-essential domestic and international Defense Department travel is going to be extended.
- Two US Soldiers with COVID-19 'Up and Walking Around' After Taking Ebola Drug
U.S. Army medical officials say they have successfully treated two soldiers diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, using an experimental antiviral drug designed to treat pathogens such as Ebola.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Coronavirus Scams: What the FTC is doing
The Federal Trade Commission warns scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus and provides tips to avoid falling victim.
- Face Coverings, Health Questions Now Required for Military Moves
Military members and families who are packing or receiving their household goods during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the movers themselves, are now required to wear face coverings, according to new guidance from U.S. Transportation Command.
- Volunteer Shoppers Can Help Some Commissary Users Get Groceries
A new program in effect at seven commissary locations lets commissary users pay by phone while a designated volunteer does their shopping.
- Coronavirus halts honor guard ceremonies for military veterans
State and U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs have halted all committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors at state and national cemeteries.
Grief / Trauma / Mental Health
- As Grief Redefines Work, How You Lead Matters
COVID-19 is changing how we grieve. Leaders can help navigate these changes.
- Coronavirus insomnia: How to sleep better during the pandemic.
To treat it, we first have to understand the pandemic as a slow-moving natural disaster.
- Army Public Health Center experts offer tips for staying at home without feeling isolated
The COVID-19 crisis is creating unique challenges for many individuals who are managing work, family and personal needs while still trying to stay healthy and not stress out or get too stir crazy. Health and nutrition experts at the Army Public Health Center have a number of recommendations to help keep you and your family on track.
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
- You may be feeling grief and loss from the pandemic -- it's normal
Maybe you're among the most fortunate in the coronavirus crisis -- your loved ones are healthy and you're sheltering at home. Yet you still feel emotionally bulldozed by the pandemic. Those feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and exhaustion may be grief.
- How to talk to your child about grief during the coronavirus pandemic
Children are generally safe from the disease’s physical risks, but many could lose a grandparent or someone else who’s important to them. That’s why it’s important to be prepared to talk about grief with even young kids.
- 10 Ways You Can Support Someone Grieving During The Coronavirus Crisis
Along with deaths, the pandemic has led to a lot of loss -- of jobs, special occasions, and more. Here's how to help.
- Mental Health In The Time Of COVID-19: Tech Interventions For A Growing Crisis
While physical centers for mental health intervention, doctors offices, crisis clinics, and school counselor centers are closed, there are digital alternatives for support.
- 6 Calming Playlists for Your COVID-19 Anxiety
In tough times, we often turn to art — including music. Soothing music provides more than just entertainment, it can actually combat the negative effects of stress and anxiety.
- Coast Guard Academy Announces Virtual Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2020
The Coast Guard Academy announced Monday that it will hold a virtual graduation ceremony May 20 for the Class of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- 'An arduous and tough situation' for military medical personnel deployed to front lines of virus fight
(Stars and Stripes)
Workdays for the military medical personnel overseeing the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan begin at about 5 a.m., where about 200 military and civilian nurses prepare for a 12-hour shift caring for coronavirus patients, said Army Lt. Col. Leslie Curtis.
- Air Force Medical Personnel Integrate into NYC Hospitals for Coronavirus Response
(Air Force Magazine)
USAF medical personnel are working long days in New York City hospitals, augmenting civilian staff who are overwhelmed by the new coronavirus outbreak in the American epicenter of COVID-19.
- Space Force Is Now Fighting Coronavirus. Here's How
The newly formed U.S. Space Force is not staying on the sidelines for the fight against the novel coronavirus.
- US military health care was set to undergo changes before coronavirus
Military branches were set to cut nearly 18,000 medical workers. Coronavirus brought that to a halt.
Military Survivor News
- A special honor for a fallen young veteran amid COVID-19 restrictions
Fifteen miles of social distance from Fort Snelling National Cemetery, a military family grieves in the age of COVID-19.
- CSAF Survivor Advocacy Council conducts first meeting
The Survivor Advocacy Council was created to secure vectors to strengthen support to Air Force survivors and validate their ongoing role in the larger Air Force family.
- In the IRR? The military may want you back if you served in one of these jobs
(We Are The Mighty)
As the country faces a potentially monthslong emergency over the novel coronavirus crisis, the military services could turn to a pool of veterans who thought their days in uniform were behind them.
- This WWII vet got a mohawk the night before D-Day. Now he’s doing it again to spread cheer during COVID-19
(Task & Purpose)
96-year old World War II veteran shaves head to inspire others during coronavirus pandemic and to honor his fallen comrades in the D-Day invasion.
- Coronavirus has now hit veterans homes in 16 states
(Stars and Stripes)
The coronavirus has taken hold in long-term care facilities across the country and caused thousands of deaths – including state-run homes for aging veterans and their family members.
- VA research shows “remarkable improvements” for spinal cord injury veterans
(We Are The Mighty)
The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs has awarded a grant for $3.7 million to the Central Virginia VA Health Care System and Virginia Commonwealth University. In turn, these researchers will study spinal epidural stimulation in people with spinal cord injuries. The grant is the first of its kind at a VA medical center.
- COVID-19 Pandemic more Dangerous for Veterans and Former Industrial Workers
(Sonoma County Gazette)
Why veterans and former industrial workers are more vulnerable amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Across the TAPS Family
- TAPS Magazine Spring Edition 2020
TAPS Magazine is published quarterly for the loved ones of those who served in our nation’s armed forces and died.
- Healing Your Grieving Heart
Ideas from the book “Healing Your Grieving Heart After A Military Death – 100 Practical Ideas for Families and Friends” written by TAPS Founder and President, Bonnie Carroll, and TAPS Advisory Board member, Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
- Q&A with Atlanta Falcons Alex Mack
TAPS hosted a Facebook Live event with six-time Pro Bowler, Alex Mack of the Atlanta Falcons, and TAPS families got to ask him their questions.
- Wizards Wellness: 10 foods to help Focus, Mood, and Concentration
TAPS Sports & Entertainment team partner, the Washington Wizards, share nutrition tips for food that will help you boost mood and reduce stress.
- Webinar Archives | TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing
View the complete line up of our TAPS Talks series on demand. The series offers practical strategies for coping with impacts of grief and anxiety while providing a daily connection to ease the sense of isolation during COVID-19.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.