The TAPS Daily - August 11, 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.
- Biden selects California Senator Kamala Harris as running mate
Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket.
- World marks melancholy milestone: 20 million confirmed COVID-19 cases
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has topped 20,000,000 worldwide and a quarter of them are in the US, according to the latest tally.
- Putin claims Russia is the first country with a COVID-19 vaccine
(Task & Purpose)
President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, including his daughter.
- Trump's COVID orders too little, too late to help U.S. economy, experts say
U.S. President Donald Trump’s weekend attempt to sidestep stalled congressional negotiations over the next coronavirus aid package will do little to boost the economy, experts said.
- Axios-Ipsos poll: 1 in 2 has a personal connection to the virus
New data shows half of Americans, regardless of party affiliation or location, now know someone who's tested positive. In practical terms, this means it's everybody's problem.
- Could massive numbers of nursing home deaths have been prevented?
The success of warding off COVID-19 by California’s veterans homes suggests the sweeping losses of elderly victims and people with disabilities across the country weren’t inevitable.
- Record number of Americans gave up U.S. citizenship in 2020, report says
(FOX 5 DC)
A record number of people gave up their U.S. citizenship in the first half of 2020, possibly due to the coronavirus pandemic, a volatile political climate and burdensome U.S. tax reporting.
- COVID-19 Transformed At-Home Hospital Care. Can It Last?
Medical providers and hospital administrators say they need more substantial reforms to ensure their investments in telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic can continue.
- The re-emergence of charming 'little wine holes' in Florence
Businesses are having to rethink the way they interact with customers during the pandemic. In Italy, some are looking to the past: using centuries-old wine windows to dole out food and drinks.
- USS Constitution in Boston reopens amid COVID-19 pandemic
(Stars & Stripes)
The 222-year-old USS Constitution in Boston, the United States Navy’s oldest commissioned ship, reopened last week to much fanfare.
TAPS In the News
- NAVSO Mini-Series: Getting Your Board on Board - A Founder's Perspective Over the Years
TAPS Founder and President Bonnie Carroll takes part in NAVSO webinar on Wednesday, August 12 discussing the important role boards play in veteran service organizations.
- 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
- Extra coronavirus unemployment benefits to start in 2 weeks: Kudlow
(FOX 5 DC)
The Labor Department expects enhanced unemployment checks to go out in roughly two weeks, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday.
- Bipartisan senators ask congressional leadership to extend census deadline
A bipartisan group of senators are asking congressional leaders to include an extension of the statutory deadlines for the 2020 census in the next coronavirus relief package.
- Will Americans get a second $1,200 stimulus check? What we know
(FOX 5 DC)
The fate of a second stimulus check was thrown into uncertainty when officials missed a self-imposed deadline to cut a deal on another round of emergency coronavirus aid.
- Veterans finally given military funeral rights amid COVID-19
Veterans who weren't given military funeral rights when they were buried during the coronavirus pandemic have been given a final salute at the Fargo National Cemetery.
- VA Awards Arizona Groups Over $11M to Combat Veteran Homelessness
U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) celebrated the announcement by the VA to award more than $400 million in grants under a program to end veteran homelessness, including over $11 million to Arizona-based groups..
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- New book helps children explore death, grief
Helping kids understand death can be challenging, and it has become more daunting during the pandemic. A new children’s book helps kids and adults explore grief.
- 5 shows that delve into themes of loss and grief, on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+
Not sure how to overcome despair? The characters in these shows do it in different and unexpected ways.
- We Have The Power To Demand Action On Mental Health And Addiction
The 2020 election can serve as a powerful springboard for finally prioritizing mental health and addiction literacy, prevention, and treatment.
- Mental Health Woes Spiraled Among College Students Early in Pandemic
(US News & World Report)
Depression, anxiety and inactive lifestyles are all too common among college students, and a new study finds they may have escalated during the initial outbreak of COVID-19.
- Air Force adds 100 ROTC scholarships for students at Black colleges in diversity push
(Air Force Times)
The Air Force is adding 100 more full scholarships for students to attend historically Black colleges and universities through its Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
- Pentagon Offers Military Airwaves for 5G Wireless Networks
The Pentagon plans to free up a big chunk of its military airwaves for high-speed internet service, part of a broader push to get ahead of China in 5G wireless technology.
- NH National Guard delivering PPE to polling stations
Starting this week, the New Hampshire National Guard is hard at work delivering personal protective equipment and other election materials to polling sites across the state.
- Cadets train at West Point amid a pandemic
West Point has adapted to the lingering coronavirus outbreak, requiring the 1,220 new cadets to immediately take a COVID-19 test when they arrived last month.
- Service Chiefs to SecDef: Stop the Handover of Military Hospitals to Defense Health Agency
The military service chiefs are calling for a stop to transferring medical facilities to DHA, saying the coronavirus pandemic has shown the plan is "not viable."
- Retiring CMSAF talks candidly about future of the Air Force, George Floyd post, and memes
(Air Force Times)
The outgoing Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force says he is reluctant to look back on things left undone but he wishes he had more time to see changes to the enlisted evaluation system take root.
- Marine killed in Philadelphia traffic accident
(Marine Corps Times)
A Marine corporal was riding his motorcycle through the Philadelphia streets when he collided with a car trying to turn into a parking lot from the opposite lane.
- Military veterans say racism in the ranks often isn't camouflaged: "It hurt me dearly"
"CBS This Morning" spoke with several former active-duty service members of different races and religions, about their experiences.
- Marine veteran kneels for nine hours in silent protest in Utah
(Marine Corps Times)
A Marine Corps veteran knelt for nine hours at the Utah Capitol to call attention to racial injustice, police brutality and mental health.
- Naval Academy professor from West Hempstead to compete in Ms. Veteran America
“When other women see me, I want them to see a story of hope.” Former Ms. Veteran America winners have served as military mentors to children of the fallen in TAPS Good Grief Camp.
- How an Air Force Veteran Went From Life-Altering Disability to Gold Medal Adaptive Athlete
(We Are The Mighty)
Within a year of a life-changing accident, this veteran competed in the Wounded Warrior Games and earned five gold medals for two-hand cycling races, shot put, discus, and sitting volleyball.
Military Family News
- Veteran family uses the great outdoors to heal
(We Are The Mighty)
Luke and Amy Bushatz knew they needed a big change or they weren't going to make it. So, they packed up their life, two boys and headed west. Their next stop? Alaska.
- 100 Influential Women on Why They’re Voting in the 2020 Election
2020—a year none of us could have predicted. Amidst a racial reckoning and a global pandemic, we’re arguably facing the most consequential election of our time.
- Two Beluga Whales Set Free After Nearly A Decade In Captivity
Little Grey and Little White are enjoying their first taste of open water in 9 years, thanks to a leviathan relocation project.
- Why Is There a Dr Pepper Shortage in the U.S.?
Dr Pepper fanatics are finding it hard to locate the popular soft drink in stores across the U.S. The company has acknowledged a shortage and said it's looking to rectify the situation.
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