The TAPS Daily - August 10, 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.
- What are the 4 new executive orders for COVID relief? Here are the details you should know
Ahead of any stimulus bill agreement, President Trump took unilateral action that could affect tens of millions of Americans. Here's what it all means for you.
- White House agrees to cover all costs for Guard coronavirus missions for three more states
White House officials agreed to cover all of the costs of National Guard coronavirus response missions for three additional states on Friday in addition to Texas and Florida.
- Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Children Rose By 40% in Two Weeks This July
Confirmed coronavirus cases in U.S. children rose this July, bringing the total to almost 340,000.
- House will be out of session for additional week in September
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced the chamber won’t be called back into session until September 14, giving members an additional week in their districts next month.
- Wave of Post Traumatic Stress may await health workers, first responders on COVID front lines
(Tampa Bay Times)
TAPS honorary board member, Bob Delaney, discusses how the COVID-19 battle against an invisible enemy will undoubtedly cause trauma for those on the front lines.
- Opinion: Food Network chef: How restaurants can survive the pandemic
TAPS friend, Robert Irvine, discusses the changing restaurant landscape and what restaurants need to do in these challenging times to ensure safety of the workforce and customers.
- Agent Orange Exposure
Today is Agent Orange Awareness Day. Find out if you or your loved one are eligible for disability compensation and other benefits for illnesses we believe are caused by Agent Orange.
- Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing
The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked its 75th anniversary of an atomic bombing with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders to do more for a nuclear weapons ban.
TAPS In the News
- Surviving family members receive support from America’s oldest brewery during pandemic
- We're All in This Together - COVID-19 Resources for American Public
Resources and support to help anyone facing the impacts of COVID-19.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- How the VA is failing to track veterans burn pit claims
(Task & Purpose)
Just 10,588 burn-pit claims have been filed since September 11, 2001. But that’s only a fraction of what veterans advocates say they expected to see.
- Here Are the 2 Veteran-Supporting Bills President Trump Just Signed Into Law
The president signed legislation Saturday that will broaden options for troubled veterans in the legal system and expand a home renovations grant program for disabled and blind veterans.
- VA, Elizabeth Dole Foundation team up to provide respite care for military caregivers
The VA has partnered with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to launch a new program giving family caregivers access to no-cost, short-term aid to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Program allows some Alaska Native Vietnam vets to get land
The government has identified about 1,000 Alaska Native service members or their descendants who might be eligible for land under a federal program. Another 1,200 veterans may be eligible.
- DoD to Assess Female Troops' Reproductive Health for First Time in Decades
The DoD Active Duty Women's Reproductive Health Survey will assess behaviors and experiences impacting military readiness and help address OB/GYN care needs.
- How to File for Unemployment After a PCS
All military spouses should check whether they are eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Each state has the right to set its own rules. Here's how it works.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Grief from COVID-19 death: Toll on bereaved family members runs deep, study says
The ongoing impact of deaths from COVID-19 on grieving family members is not well documented but emerging research suggests the damage is enormous.
- Young people struggle with finding mental health support amid COVID-19 pandemic
Of the nearly 42% of surveyed students who sought mental health care during the pandemic, 60% said it was either much more or somewhat more difficult to access care.
- 8 podcasts that talk honestly about mental health
There is no substitute for those invaluable support systems, of course, but it can be really helpful to hear the lived experiences of other people who are going through the same thing you are.
- Turning Pain into Meaning: Is There an Upside to Trauma?
We often see traumatic events as influential to our personal development; as times when we may have discovered a new side to ourselves, such as a depth of resilience we never thought we had.
- U.S. Troops May Not Get Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine After All
Critical decisions on who will be first to get a possible COVID-19 vaccine have yet to be made, according to the director in charge of overseeing government development and distribution.
- Remains of Missing Marines, Sailor Recovered from Sunken Amphibious Vehicle
The remains of seven Marines and a sailor lost when their amphibious vehicle sank have been recovered and will be transported to Dover Air Force Base in preparation for burial.
- COVID-19 casts SEAL training in Washington state adrift
Count Navy SEAL training as another military activity hobbled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The U.S. Space Force is getting an official second in command
Air Force Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson was tapped as the Space Force’s vice chief of space operations and for promotion to the rank of general, the Pentagon announced Friday.
- Naval Academy to hold mix of in-person and online learning
The U.S. Naval Academy is bringing students back to Annapolis, Maryland, for the fall semester with a mix on in-person and online learning.
- Fort Hood Commander's Transfer on Hold Amid Investigations
Army leaders have delayed the transfer of Fort Hood’s commander as investigators seek to determine if leadership failures contributed to the deaths of soldiers stationed at the base.
- Sigonella sailor dies after being struck by vehicle
A junior sailor died late last month after he was struck by a vehicle near Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.
- The Vietnam Veterans Wall will shine orange on Monday
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. will shine with orange candlelight Monday to “bring light’ to the lingering effects Agent Orange has on war’s veterans and their families.
- Pearl Harbor survivor remembers victory in World War II as 75th anniversary of VJ Day nears
(Task & Purpose)
World War II veteran recalls reaction stateside when word arrived Japan had surrendered.
- Navy veteran finds new mission playing 'Taps'
After being laid off from his job in the electronics industry about 12 years ago, Navy veteran Jim Reynolds revisited his roots for a new sense of purpose.
Military Family News
- Why These 3 Military Spouses Are Running for Office
Rather than see their military spouse status as a liability to running for and holding office, these three women see advantages their experience has given them.
- Bring Light campaign honors "Agent Orange" Vietnam Vets
Families honor their loved ones lost to the effects of Agent Orange on this first Agent Orange Awareness Day.
- Survey: One-Fifth of Virginia Military Families Say They Don't Have Reliable Food Access
Nearly a fifth of active military families in Virginia say they can’t reliably afford enough food -- and many even experience longer term hunger, according to a new survey.
- A 103-year-old woman got her first tattoo to cross it off her bucket list
A beloved grandmother who spent all her life taking care of her family is proving to the world that you're never too old to make your dreams come true.
- Quarantine pen pals: Seniors are looking to make new friends
(Good Morning America)
From North Carolina to Great Britain, pen pals are sending letters and packages to seniors at the assisted living home after seeing a Facebook post saying that residents were looking for pen pals.
- Satellites Reveal 20% More Emperor Penguin Colonies in Antarctica Than Previously Thought
(Good News Network)
A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than was previously thought.
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