The TAPS Daily - April 20, 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. VA Partners with Treasury Department to Deliver Economic Impact Payments to Veterans and Survivors
    (VA.gov)
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is working directly with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Treasury Department to ensure delivery of ‘Economic Impact Payments’ to Veterans and survivors who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA without additional paperwork or IRS filings.
  2. New York City police grocery shop for elderly Korean War veteran stuck inside
    (FOX Business)
    New York City police officers jumped at the chance to help an elderly man and Korean War veteran in need of groceries amid new coronavirus concerns, a department official announced Monday.
  3. 'That Charisma:' Son of Medal of Honor Recipient Bennie Adkins Remembers Hero Father
    (Military.com)
    Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins faced his last battle against an invisible enemy called COVID-19 with the same resilience and determination that had seen him through three tours of combat as a Green Beret in Vietnam, his son said Saturday.
  4. 'You're not alone'
    (The Guam Daily Post)
    As families of two fallen service members are flown home from Guam, a Gold Star family also impacted by coronavirus loss steps forward to let them know they are not alone.
  5. Military Veterans Head to N.Y.C. to Staff COVID-19 Field Hospital Named for Late Navy SEAL
    (People)
    The Ryan F. Larkin Field Hospital — named for a late Navy SEAL and medic who had undiagnosed brain scarring and died by suicide - is staffed by 115 former military medics, nurses and support personnel and can care for up to 216 coronavirus patients.

 

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

  • Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins has died of coronavirus
    (Army Times)
    Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins has passed away after a weeks-long fight against the novel coronavirus.
  • Limiting the spread of COVID-19 among homeless veterans
    (VA.gov)
    Veterans who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness are vulnerable to COVID-19. To protect them and VA staff, VA personnel and grantees assigned to homelessness programs have implemented aggressive infection prevention techniques and response plans at all locations.
  • 50 Years After Apollo 13, Fred Haise Talks Virus, Regrets
    (Military.com)
    Fifty years after Apollo 13 blasted into space, carrying Biloxi, Mississippi native Fred Haise Jr., Commander James Lovell Jr. and John Swigert Jr. to the moon, the “unlucky 13” seems to be at work again with the coronavirus pandemic curtailing commemoration events.

 

Survivor News

Military Survivor News

  • Jesus leaves legacy of love
    (The Guam Post Daily)
    Gold Star Mother whose youngest son was killed in Iraq becomes first resident of Guam to die from COVID-19.

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

COVID-19 Key Updates

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

 

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