The TAPS Daily - April 9, 2020


Welcome to The TAPS Daily. Your source for some of the latest news, resources, and thought pieces relevant to the military family community during the COVID-19 response.


Top 5 News Items

TOP 5

 

  1. TAPS COVID-19 Response
    Find resources, services, and support provided 24/7 by TAPS to surviving military families navigating the challenges of COVID-19.
  2. TAPS COVID-19 Government and Partner Resource Update
    Learn more about access to and impacts on your government benefits during COVID-19.
  3. Responding to the COVID-19: TAPS Extends Virtual Services for Families Grieving Deaths of a Military Loved One
    To provide ongoing support during this national emergency to survivors grieving the death of a loved one who served in the military, TAPS is extending its online capabilities, adding more opportunities for survivors to connect and receive support as needed.
  4. TAPS launches special TAPS Talks series in response to COVID-19 social distancing measures
    In response to the need to reduce sense of isolation the new TAPS Talks series bring comfort and connections to those feeling the stressful impacts of social distancing.
  5. USAA to return $520 million to members
    (usaa.com)
    USAA
    , a TAPS National Sponsor, will return $520 million the insurance company has saved this year as a result of people driving less during COVID-19 pandemic. Every USAA member with an auto insurance policy in effect as of March 31, 2020 will receive a 20% credit on two months of premiums in the coming weeks.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

COVID-19 Key Updates

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

  • Possible Military Pharmacy Changes Due to COVID-19
    (Tricare.mil)
    Do you use a military pharmacy? If so, there may be temporary limitations that result in a decrease in service or closure at your pharmacy due to COVID-19. TAPS is working to mitigate additional burden of pharmacy co-pays on survivors, military families and retirees, and is working with Congress to temporarily waive them during the COVID-19 crisis.   
  • Congress Ensuring VA Education Benefits
    (VA.gov)
    Last week, the Congress passed legislation to ensure students continue to receive VA education benefits, even though universities have gone online. Students should see no impact on their benefits for spring, summer and fall 2020 terms. If your BAH was lower than normal or another error occurred in your VA education benefits, please contact TAPS Education Services at education@taps.org
  • Suspension of VA Debt Collections
    (VA.gov)
    VA
     announces anyone with a debt through the Department of Veterans Affairs may request collections and payments to be suspended for the duration of COVID-19 outbreak. Requests can be made by contacting VA Debt Management at 800-827-0648. There will be no penalty or interest imposed during this time.
  • Federal Tax Deadline Extended; Some State Extensions
    (TaxFoundation.org)
    Deadlines to file and pay federal income taxes have been extended to July 15, 2020. Although many states have extended their filing and payment dates to mirror the federal government, not all have followed suit. Find out your state tax filing date information.
  • Coronavirus Pandemic Postpones Veterans’ Final Military Ceremony
    (WUNC)
    COVID-19 is changing all aspects of life — including the rituals we associate with death. All funerals have been upended, but veterans have now lost one particularly important ceremony: burial with military honors.
  • Pentagon Extends ID Card Expiration Dates, Allows Mail Order for Some
    (Military.com)
    Military dependent and retiree ID cards set to expire this year will get an automatic extension through September, while some other ID card updates and enrollments are now permitted by fax or mail,according to new Pentagon guidance.

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

Illness Loss

Illness Loss

  • From Caregiver to Survivor: Finding New Purpose and Honoring Husband's Legacy
    Coleen Bowman lost her husband to a rare illness related to toxic exposure. After he passed she wanted to honor him by helping other survivors. In 2019 alone, TAPS welcomed over 2,000 survivors whose military loved ones died following an illness.
  • Coronavirus cause for concern among burn pit veterans
    (FOX News)
    The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc across the country, especially among those with chronic respiratory problems and compromised immune systems. These include 9/11 first responders and veterans who were exposed to the toxic plumes that emanated from burn pits. Both groups constitute large parts of a population living with a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

 

Military News

Military News

 

Survivor News

Military Survivor News

  • Love Never Dies
    Anna Steg's fiancé was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2019, 6 months before their wedding date. Her support system has helped her through this time.
  • Survivors Fill Community Need for Face Masks
    How one TAPS family deals with COVID-19 by giving back and sewing face masks for their community.

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

 

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