The TAPS Daily - August 12, 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.
- Lawmakers push Trump to restore full funding for National Guards responding to pandemic
Lawmakers are pressing President Trump to restore full federal funding for National Guard forces that are tasked with responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic across the U.S.
- Biden's VP Pick Opposes Boosting Defense Spending, But Supports Helping Vets and Families
Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee has stated her positions on national security, the Defense Department and the VA in more general terms on Capitol Hill.
- Pelosi: 'People will die' if coronavirus stimulus talks drag into late September
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she doesn't want stalled negotiations for another round of coronavirus relief to drag until the end of September, when government funds expire.
- Air Force helicopter shot at over Virginia, crew member injured
An Air Force helicopter flying near Washington, D.C. Wednesday sustained gunfire from the ground. The Air Force and the FBI are investigating.
- My Body's Inevitable Slide Toward Entropy
A veteran shares the impacts to his health due to toxic exposure while deployed to an airbase in Uzbekistan called Karshi-Khanabad (K2) where they used to dump chemical weapons.
- How An Artist, A Toy-Maker, A College Student Use Their Skills To Fight The Pandemic
Here are six profiles of volunteers nominated by members of their communities who are making a difference in this pandemic.
- Everything You Need to Know About the Military and Sharks for Discovery Shark Week 2020
It’s Discovery Shark Week 2020! Cable television’s longest-running series has been engrossing viewers since 1988. But did you know the U.S. military has special connections to sharks?
TAPS In the News
- Wahpeton native buried on what would have been her last day in the U.S. Army
A family is remembering their daughter, sister who defended her country and her hockey net and honoring her by helping other families affected by military suicide loss.
- 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
- Ex-VA Official: Residents of Veterans Homes 'Left Behind' During Pandemic
An investigative committee is calling for more accountability by the federal VA for state run VA homes following preventable coronavirus outbreaks and veteran deaths during the pandemic.
- Why Some Veterans Are Getting a $500 Stimulus Check This Week
Some government stimulus checks did not include an additional $500 child credit for eligible non-filers. Now that additional money is being issued.
- Congress Wants the Pentagon to Expand Coverage for Troops' Eating Disorder Treatments
Congress wants broader access to treatment for eating disorders for service members and dependents, calling it a "significant problem in society, as well as in military beneficiaries."
- House Oversight chair introduces bill to freeze Postal Service changes amid pandemic
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation that would block USPS from implementing changes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Help Is Available If You Are Having Trouble Making Your VA Home Loan Payments
If you are having trouble making mortgage payments on your VA loan because of the pandemic, you have special help available to you as a veteran through the CARES Act.
- COVID-19 deaths of Mexican nationals in U.S. puts strain on consulates
More than 2,000 Mexican nationals have died of COVID-19 in the U.S., putting a strain on the country's consulates handling requests for death certificates and repatriating the deceased.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- How Joe Biden’s Enduring Grief For His Son Helped Lead Him to Kamala Harris
As Joe Biden was mulling his choice of a running mate, there may have been one important question in the back of his mind. What would Beau do?
- Coping with Separation from Family and Friends during the COVID-19 Pandemic
(Psychological Health Center of Excellence)
Separation from family and friends adds another layer of stress during this time, and the emotional impact may be even more burdensome for many.
- 6 Tips To Deal With Prolonged Grief For Pre-Pandemic Life
(Well + Good)
Prolonged grief felt for pre-pandemic life requires navigating a complicated tangle of emotions, nonetheless. A grief counselor offers tips.
- Telehealth and Online Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic
(Sunshine Behavioral Health)
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens not only health, life, and the economy. It threatens recovery from substance abuse when time is of the essence.
- PTSD from Life-Threatening Illness - An Enduring Somatic Threat
While their PTSD symptoms are comparable to those suffering from life-threatening external events medical experts propose a new model of PTSD for those traumatized by medical illness.
- How to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder
PTSD can have a significant impact not just on quality of life, but also your physical and mental health, but it is treatable.
- Trump privately discussed replacing SecDef Esper after the 2020 election
(Task & Purpose)
President Donald Trump has privately discussed the possibility of replacing Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the November election in the wake of a number of differences between them.
- Trump says he'd seek military advice from Patriots coach Bill Belichick
(Task & Purpose)
In a television appearance, President Donald Trump said if faced with battle, he’d seek the New England Patriots coach’s counsel on warfare.
- Air Force Academy begins coronavirus-distanced classes
(Air Force Times)
The Air Force Academy began classes for this academic year Wednesday, with a number of changes to reduce the exposure of cadets, faculty and staff to the coronavirus.
- Military students — unsure of what to expect for online classes in the fall? You aren't alone
Online learning is common for military students, but the abrupt transition due to the pandemic may leave some unsure of how to succeed in an online learning environment.
- Combat controller's valor award to be upgraded to Silver Star
(Air Force Times)
Master Sgt. John Grimesey will receive the Silver Star, the military's third-highest award, for his bravery during a 2013 battle in Afghanistan.
- Memorial Set in Houston for Slain Fort Hood Soldier Vanessa Guillen
A memorial for a slain Texas soldier has been scheduled more than three months after she was killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Hood, an attorney for the family announced Tuesday.
- U.S. Service Member Dies in Bahrain Noncombat Incident
A U.S. service member assigned to a Navy/Marine task force in Bahrain has died, officials with U.S. Central Command announced Tuesday.
- Veteran receives Purple Heart nearly two decades after being injured in Iraq
An Army veteran has received the Purple Heart 14 years after his vehicle was hit by an IED in Iraq. Congressman Jim Banks, (R-IN), presented Cory Schreiber with the medal on Aug. 10.
- Friends and family remember Army captain turned teacher killed in motorcycle crash
(Task & Purpose)
Family and friends are remembering a high school music teacher as a passionate and authentic former U.S. Army captain whose effervescent personality lit up every room she was in.
- WWII aircraft arrive in Hawaii for end of WWII's 75th anniversary
Historic World War II aircraft made it to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii aboard the amphibious assault ship Essex this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.
Military Family News
- New DoD option helps military parents find hourly child care
With child care in short supply all around, DoD has added an option to help military families seeking hourly child care.
- ‘The Army Family’ awarded AUSA Marshall Medal for selfless service
Military Families have long been at the heart of readiness and after collectively sacrificing for years, they will receive the highest honor presented by the Association of the U.S. Army.
- Beer unsold during lockdown has been turned into renewable energy
Australia's coronavirus lockdown left breweries with huge inventories of unsold, stale beer that are now serving a new purpose: powering a water treatment plant.
- “The Right Thing To Do.” 8-Yr-Old Mows Lawns And Collects Food For People In Need
By the time he was 4, Greyson was already collecting Christmas toys for those less fortunate than he was. These days, the selfless 8-year-old is doing so much more!
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