The TAPS Daily - August 13, 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.
- U.S. sees deadliest summer day for coronavirus fatalities
The U.S. just saw its deadliest summer day in terms of coronavirus fatalities, reporting approximately 1,500 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday.
- Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal
The Senate left Washington, D.C., on Thursday until September — the latest sign that a deal on a fifth coronavirus relief package is, at least, weeks away.
- The CDC issues a dire warning for the fall if coronavirus measures are not followed
A top federal health official is issuing a dire warning: Follow recommended coronavirus measures or risk having the worst fall in U.S. public health history.
- 41 percent of U.S. adults report mental illness due to pandemic stress
New CDC data reveals the prevalence of anxiety, depression and substance abuse during the pandemic. Roughly 10 percent of respondents reported seriously considering suicide.
- Over 30,000 Military Troops in COVID-19 Quarantine
For one reason or another -- predeployment quarantine, COVID-19 positive quarantine or basic training quarantine -- more than 30,000 service members are currently non-operational.
- Young people are still going out, despite rising rates of coronavirus hospitalization
Doctors are warning that young people need to take more precautions, not only to keep from spreading the virus to older Americans, but for their own sakes as well.
- How Military Schools Reopened Amid COVID-19
Officials at the service academies are hopeful that all the discipline, all the testing, all the restrictions will get them through the year safely.
- Celebrity Chef Wants to Give Army Chow Halls a Makeover
TAPS friend, Robert Irvine loves the U.S. military so much he has a fresh-concept restaurant in the Pentagon. Now, he's turning his attention to Army chow halls.
- Online events will recognize Navajo Code Talker Day this year
(Stars & Stripes)
Navajo Code Talker Day is August 14, and honors the men who used the Navajo language to transmit messages during the Pacific campaign of World War II.
TAPS In the News
- 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
- For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight
(Stars & Stripes)
Negotiations over a new virus relief package have all but ended, with the White House and congressional leaders far apart on the size, scope and approach.
- Watchdog: Thousands of troops, families may not be getting the mental health care they need
The Defense Department’s own Inspector General says DoD isn't consistently meeting the standards for providing mental health care for troops and families, as required by law.
- Federal Appeals Court: Male-Only Draft is Constitutional
A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
- Nebraska lawmakers pass tax cut for military retirees
Military retirees who live in Nebraska will get a tax cut starting in 2022 under a bill slated to become state law.
- Veterans Affairs Mobile Rx Refill App
The Rx Refill mobile app allows veterans to request refills of their VA-issued prescriptions, track prescription deliveries, and view prescription history from the convenience of their mobile device.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Second Lady Karen Pence highlights suicide prevention during visit to Charlotte
Second Lady Karen Pence visited Charlotte as the lead ambassador for the president’s PREVENTS task force - which includes TAPS - to raise awareness about mental health and veteran suicide prevention efforts.
- For People with Social Anxiety, Video Calls Are Another Reason to Worry
Videochats due to COVID give people with social anxiety a new challenge.
- WeCare app part of Fort Benning commander's plan to prevent suicides
Fort Benning’s commander is urging every soldier to download TRADOC’s WeCare app as part of a two-pronged approach the base is taking in suicide prevention.
- 13 ways vets with PTSD can get some freakin' sleep
(We Are The Mighty)
It's important for veterans to seek treatment for trauma-related sleep difficulties. With treatment, veterans can work to improve sleep difficulties and get more restful sleep.
- How to Help a Friend With Mental Health
With everything going on right now, it’s harder but more important than ever to reach out.
- What to say when someone dies: Bereavement charities share their advice
(Good to Know)
Advice from those working to support the bereaved and those who have lost loved ones themselves.
- Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman to Troops: Tell Us What's Bothering You
Service members want to talk about racial injustice and civil unrest and the Pentagon is encouraging them to share their thoughts in order to reduce tension and keep morale positive.
- Navy IT Chief Charged for Divulging Classified Info
Chief Petty Officer Charles T. Briggs has been arraigned after being charged with leaking classified information to a Russian national.
- Flash floods basically sunk Scott Air Force Base for a few hours
(Task & Purpose)
An Air Force base in Illinois briefly resembled a sinking ship on Wednesday when flash flooding sent a deluge of water through offices, across roads, and into parked cars and aircraft hangars.
- 7 Marines, Sailor who Died in Ocean Training Exercise Are Flown to Dover Air Force Base
The flag-draped caskets of seven Marines and a sailor who died when their seafaring vehicle sank off San Clemente Island headed to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday, August 12.
- COVID-19 Has Hit Syria's Biggest ISIS Prison Camp, U.S. General Says
The COVID-19 pandemic has reached into the sprawling and overcrowded prison camp in northeastern Syria, further complicating the U.S. campaign to eliminate the Islamic State.
- ‘Samaritan shoppers’ help keep groceries stocked for those in quarantine at Yokosuka
(Stars & Stripes)
Sailors and families stuck in 14-day quarantines after coming to Japan need not subsist on vending machine snacks in Yokosuka, thanks to a volunteer program run by the base.
- Commander: Military accounts for 7% of Hawaii virus cases
The head of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command has said that service members and their families represent about 7% of the coronavirus cases in Hawaii.
- Governor names Manke new leader of Minnesota National Guard
Gov. Tim Walz announced his appointment of Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke as Minnesota’s next adjutant general. Manke succeeds Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, now director of the Army National Guard.
- Corps identifies Marine found dead in Bahrain
(Marine Corps Times)
The Corps has identified Sgt. Trevor Goldyn as the Marine found dead Tuesday in Bahrain. Goldyn was assigned to the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade at the time of his death.
- Orlando VA reports highest number of COVID-19 cases in Florida, but few deaths
(Stars & Stripes)
Florida’s six VA health systems together have reported more than 4,650 COVID cases, including 106 deaths.
- 10 questions with Hollywood icon and Army veteran, Robert Duvall
(We Are The Mighty)
Robert Duvall is an accomplished actor and filmmaker. Perhaps lesser known is that he served in the Army and comes from a Navy family in which his father rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.
- Navy veteran saved by Chihuahua after having a stroke
Eighty-six-year-old Navy veteran, Rudy Armstrong, survived a stroke after his little dog Bubu ran to get help.
Military Family News
- Fort Drum family honored for their volunteer work
A Fort Drum family is being recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army as the “National Volunteer Family of the Year.”
- About one-third of DoD schools are opening remotely
Nearly one third of the 159 brick-and-mortar Department of Defense schools will be opening with remote learning over the next couple of weeks, because of the health protection condition.
- A One-Month Home Gym Fitness Challenge
Many are investing in their health and wellness these days by creating a collection of fitness equipment for home use while the pandemic prevents going to public fitness centers.
- Baby cardiac patient dances along with pediatric tech everyday in the hospital
(Good Morning America)
Baby Blake was down due to not being able to move around but his spirits were lifted thanks technician Quanda Riles and her dance moves.
- Walt Disney World reaches testing deal with entertainers
The Walt Disney World union for the park's entertainers came to an agreement with the company to allow for a Florida state-run drive-thru COVID-19 test site for workers and the public.
- Free Internet Coming For 35,000 Low-Income Philly Families in Public-Private Partnership (Good News Network)
Since the coronavirus forced school closures this spring, Philadelphia has been working to mobilize funding that will provide broadband internet access for 35,000 kids.
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