The TAPS Daily - April 24, 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. Navy's top admiral recommends reinstating captain fired over virus warning
    (ABC News)
    The Navy has recommended reinstating Capt. Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, whose plea for help during a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak aboard the ship not only cost him his job but led the acting Navy secretary to resign shortly afterwards, according to media reports.
  2. Army Research Shows How Do-It-Yourself Facemasks Can Be as Safe as N95s
    (Defense One)
    Scientists with the Army Research Lab, working with a Massachusetts hospital, have figured out the best easy-to-find materials for making homemade masks: a layer of absorbent cloth combined with a water-repelling fabric, preferably one treated with Scotchgard.
  3. This Marine is on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients
    (We Are The Mighty)
    From the Marine Corps to the medical field, Onur Yenigun has exemplified a commitment to service in remarkable ways. Now, he's in his third year of residency in the ER of Stanford Hospital, fighting on the front lines of a new threat: COVID-19.
  4. 9/11 advocate donates plasma after recovering from COVID-19
    (PIX 11)
    John Feal, founder of the Feal Good Foundation, has answered the call to donate potentially life-saving plasma in the wake of recovering himself from COVID-19. Feal has been a dear friend to TAPS attending events, speaking about illness loss, hosting TAPS families for a visit to Ground Zero in NYC, and supporting our efforts with military caregiver and survivor programs.
  5. ‘Stay home, stay safe and save lives’: 9-year-old honorary police officer urges social distancing
    (FOX DC)
    Nine-year-old Jack Beattie, an honorary sergeant of the Irish National Police Service, had a strong message for those still not adhering to social distancing guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. Are You a Military Spouse Making Masks? Join This Group
    (Military.com)
    Face masks are in incredible demand right now, and many military spouses have been making them for their community and for sale.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

  • Lawmakers criticize VA for changing benefits process amid pandemic
    (Stars and Stripes)
    A change to the Department of Veterans Affairs claims process set to take effect Friday will cause delays, create confusion and erode veterans’ right to competent representation when applying for VA benefits, lawmakers and veterans groups argue.
  • How to Get a New ID Card When Everything Is Shut Down
    (Military.com)
    Is your Common Access Card, Defense Department ID card, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ID card or driver's license expired or about to expire? Here’s what you need to know on how to renew.
  • Recent changes with the 2020 NDAA and how they impact you
    (We Are The Mighty)
    The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual piece of legislation which gives authority and funding to the United States military and is filled with items that impact the military family directly. TAPS leadership and advocacy was instrumental in finally repealing the Widow’s Tax.
  • Military funeral honors suspended in wake of coronavirus — but not the respect
    (Philadelphia Inquirer)
    Someday, after the pandemic subsides, a grateful nation will, once again, be able to display its appreciation. The VA has said that families will be able to return later to have a ceremony with full military honors.

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Survivor News

Military Family News

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

Other Coronavirus News

 

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