The TAPS Daily - April 22, 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. IRS backtracks on coronavirus checks deadline, but warns veterans must act quickly
    (Military Times)
    Treasury Department officials backtracked on a previously announced Wednesday deadline for disabled veterans who missed their coronavirus stimulus checks to register with the Internal Revenue Service, but said those households still could miss out on the money this year if they don’t reach out soon.
  2. Lawmakers pass second emergency package to protect student veterans from coronavirus losses
    (Military Times)
    Congress on Tuesday finalized a second GI Bill fix for student veterans whose studies were upended by the coronavirus pandemic, sending the package to the White House to be signed into law in coming days. TAPS has been working with the Congress to fix GI Bill benefits for both student veterans and surviving military family members.
  3. First Service Member to Get Coronavirus Wasn't Scared Until Wife, Toddler Got Infected
    (Military.com)
    Army Spc. Deontae Chappel, the first U.S. service member to test positive for the coronavirus, was "shocked" but not overly worried when he found out he had the respiratory disease in late February. But then the 23-year-old network systems clerk learned his wife and toddler also had been infected.
  4. The West Point Band and the USMA Corps of Cadets Share a Global Message of Hope
    (U.S. Army)
    Members of the West Point Band along with West Point Cadets present a virtual performance of  The Beatles “Let It Be” to send a global message of hope, community, and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Former Marine, Brass Shop Owner Plays Taps for NY Neighbors, Playing Tribute for Lives Lost
    (NBC New York)
    Josh Landress has been playing Taps, a bugle melody typically played at military funerals, every night after 7 p.m. at his apartment in Queens. He says he wanted to pay tribute for the lives lost to COVID-19 in addition to clapping for healthcare workers.
  6. Auburn superstar is expected to be a Top 10 NFL Draft pick. He's also an Army brat.
    (We Are The Mighty)
    In this year's NFL Virtual Draft, there's no one we're more excited to watch than Army brat Derrick Brown. TAPS is a partner with many teams across the NFL and NCAA through the TAPS Sports & Entertainment program.

 

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

 

Survivor News

Military Survivor News

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

Other Coronavirus News

 

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