The TAPS Daily - August 14, 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.
- Fauci says attempt to get coronavirus herd immunity would result in 'enormous' death toll
The nation’s top infectious diseases expert warned of a staggering death toll from coronavirus if the U.S. allowed infections to spread unchecked in an effort to achieve so-called herd immunity.
- Congress Tells USPS, VA to Fix Veterans' Prescription Delays
Lawmakers sent letters to U.S. Postal Service and VA senior leaders, demanding they take immediate action to resolve "significant delays" in veterans' mail-order prescriptions.
- National Zoo Says Giant Panda Mei Xiang Could Be Pregnant
In the darkest of times, a glimmer of hope: The Smithsonian National Zoo could soon welcome a baby giant panda.
- Looking Back on VJ Day 75 Years Later
As word of the Japanese surrender spread on August 14, 1945, the world could finally celebrate the end to the deadliest and most destructive conflict in recorded history.
- New York City's annual 9/11 light tribute canceled due to coronavirus
The annual “Tribute of Light” installation in remembrance of those who died in the 9/11 attacks, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- COVID-19 and MIS-C: What to know about mystery illness in kids
Much is still unknown about kids and coronavirus, we do know cases of COVID-19 in children are rising and may lead to more cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
- Should You Get Tested For Coronavirus Before You Travel To Visit Family?
Getting a coronavirus test to make visiting family safe? Not so fast.
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 Facebook Live Sports & Entertainment Series
TAPS Sports & Entertainment program has been hosting Facebook Live chats during the pandemic with some of our top celebrity supporters. Check out the full line up on demand here.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Upcoming Events
Check out the growing list of available events in 2020 hosted by TAPS.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Senate backlash on pandemic aid sets up September stopgap fight
The next deadline to force action is September 30, when Congress has to pass a continuing resolution to keep federal agencies operating at least through the November elections.
- Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed, watchdog says
The Government Accountability Office says two acting officials are ineligible to run the agency under a federal law known as the Vacancy Reform Act.
- COVID cash crunch because of your child's remote learning costs? Here are some options.
If your child’s school plans to continue remote learning in the fall because of COVID-19, you might be scrambling to find some extra dollars to pay for expenses like computers and supplies.
- AI is helping the VBA speed up claims processes
The Veterans Benefits Administration has cut the time it takes to process in-coming mail from 10 days to a single day thanks to an artificial intelligence solution.
- A few more things to know about the paid parental leave program
(Federal News Radio)
The paid parental leave program has many federal employees feeling especially curious about their new benefits, due to kick off in less than three months.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- CDC study finds coronavirus impacting behavioral, mental health
Symptoms of anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, substance use and suicidal thoughts have increased compared to last year according to the CDC.
- People Are Struggling To Cope With The Physical Manifestations Of Their COVID Stress
Medical professionals are concerned about how pandemic related stress, anxiety, and worry are affecting people's physical health.
- Feeling Stressed or Anxious About the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Tips for those who might be feeling stressed and #anxious during this challenging time.
- How Trauma Impacts Your Health
Trauma and emotional distress can change us on a physiological level. If we are pushed too far, we may lose our ability to cope and our bodies pay the price.
- Study shows that doing yoga can help reduce anxiety
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
If you find yourself feeling understandably more anxious right now, a new study shows that doing yoga could be helpful.
- DoD to troops: please try not to catch fire from hand sanitizer
(Task & Purpose)
To help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), officials say you should wash your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer if necessary. Just try not to catch fire.
- Troops in War Zones May Get Priority for a COVID-19 Vaccine
Service members, especially those deployed to combat zones, will be among first considered to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said.
- Lt. Gen. Allvin nominated to become vice chief of staff, receive fourth star
(Air Force Times)
Lt. Gen. David Allvin has been nominated to receive his fourth star and to become the Air Force’s next vice chief of staff.
- This 82nd Airborne rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ in honor of fallen comrade will give you chills
(Task & Purpose)
A chorus of All-American paratroopers put on a stunning tribute for a fallen soldier at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Wednesday with a powerful rendition of “Amazing Grace."
- After 2 women killed on different bases, the military reluctantly faces its own #MeToo moment
Two recent cases have helped propel a military #MeToo movement, which has recently exposed how pervasive harassment has been and continues to be for women and men in all ranks.
- The U.S. Military Is Using Esports As A Recruitment Tool
The military has jumped into the booming world of competitive electronic gaming called "esports." But the new approach to reaching potential new recruits comes with new challenges.
- Tribal leaders, descendants, community mark Navajo Code Talker Day
Aug. 14 is Navajo Code Talker Day, and every year since 2005, the Navajo Nation has hosted an event to honor the men who served as code talkers across the Pacific during World War II.
- Marine, journalist still captive after 8 years, family hopes POTUS can bring him home
It's been more than 2,922 days since Austin Tice, Marine, journalist, son and brother, was captured in Syria.
- Watch a WWII Code Talker sing the Marine Corps hymn in Navajo
(Task & Purpose)
This August 14, take some time to remember the Navajo Code Talkers' heroism and sacrifice by listening to this veteran sing the fabled Marine Corps Hymn in his native tongue.
- 6 Things Veterans Need to Know to Build a Brick-and-Mortar Business
Today, veterans can start a home business for nearly any product. One successful vetrepeuner is offering tips to assist other veteran business owners either get started or get ahead.
- Floating Movie Nights With Socially-Distant Boats Is Coming to U.S. And Canada
(Good News Network)
This September, Beyond Cinema will tour North America with their mini ‘movie’ boats, setting up in major cities along the way — with free popcorn!
- Bald eagle attacks $950 state drone, drops it into Lake Michigan
Nature wins this round.
- Kids in the U.S. are eating more fast food, the CDC reports
Despite warnings about obesity and unhealthy diets, American kids and adolescents are eating even more fast food according to a new report from the CDC.
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