The TAPS Daily - August 17, 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.
- COVID-19 now No. 3 cause of death in U.S. But testing to find and isolate cases has dropped off
A virus that didn't even exist a year ago has now killed more Americans than Alzheimer's disease, accidents and diabetes.
- SSA, RRB or VA benefit recipients have until September 30 to register for IRS child benefit
There’s more time to use the Non-Filers tool to get the $500 Economic Impact Payment per qualifying child. The IRS tool is available from August 15 thru September 30.
- Dozens of public health officials are quitting during pandemic
Health officials across the country are calling it quits in the midst of a global pandemic as otherwise below-the-radar public servants become the targets of anger and frustration.
- VA Preparing for Second COVID-19 Surge This Fall, Secretary Says
The VA, tasked with serving as a last line of defense for American healthcare during emergencies, is preparing for another possible surge of the coronavirus this fall.
- As Stimulus Checks Stall, Americans Detail How Congress' Failure Has Affected Them
Americans are feeling the financial pain caused by the pandemic as negotiations over a new round of economic stimulus have stalled and the Senate in recess through early September.
- How a negative pressure room lets families say goodbye to dying loved ones during COVID-19
(We Are The Mighty)
Negative air flow is effective in reducing transmission of infectious diseases and this VA Medical Center has re-engineered its use to allow families precious final hours with their loved ones.
- America’s Terrible Internet Is Making Quarantine Worse
COVID-19 is revealing the consequences of America’s failure to get all of its citizens online before this uniquely internet-dependent time.
- The Nudge And Tie Breaker That Took Women's Suffrage From Nay To Yea
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified 100 years ago this week when a young state legislator switched his vote last minute because he wanted to make his mother happy.
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
- Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets
Policy changes that slow the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on veterans, who are reporting long wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs, according to senators.
- 2020 Election: Voter registration deadlines for each state
(Good Morning America)
Here’s a state-by-state guide to make sure you’re registered to vote by your state's deadline.
- New guide series provides GI Bill benefits information
Learn more about GI Bill benefits through a new three-part series just released in conjunction with the third anniversary of the Colmery Act.
- Military Mental Health Falls Short, IG Report Says
More than half the active-duty troops and family members who need mental health services from the Military Health System are not getting it, a Pentagon report says.
- U.S. Representatives eye mental health telemedicine for rural veterans
A Maine congressman is working across the aisle with a Republican from Indiana on a proposal that would create mental health telemedicine services for veterans in rural parts of the country.
- Veteran Injured by Forest Ranger Can't Collect Settlement Money
Lawyers for an injured veteran are asking Congress to enact a federal statute requiring the USG pay court-ordered judgments when federal officers violate constitutional rights of citizens.
- Advocates for NY veterans seek help, answers amid pandemic
Lawmakers and advocates are calling on New York to better protect the state’s estimated 800,000 veterans struggling with challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- ‘Feelings are mentionable and manageable’: how Mister Rogers’ legacy lives on
(Good Morning America)
Here's how Mister Rogers’ legacy lives on through the PBS kids show "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood" as they tackle the issue of COVID from a kid's perspective.
- How to Better Cope With the Mental Burden and Loneliness of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Loneliness is a modern disease that has concerned social scientists, governments, and health providers for a long time. Now, a global pandemic is exacerbating the problem.
- How To Make Your Mental Health Your Workout Motivation, According To Experts
Think about using exercise not to get control over how your body has changed in quarantine, but to help yourself work through pandemic-related stress.
- Four ways to support children through pandemic-related grief
How to help kids to work through uncomfortable emotions associated with grieving.
- New research sheds light on how social anxiety selectively impairs attentional control
Revealing research shows individuals with high levels of social anxiety do not have a general attention deficit but are distracted by threatening stimuli not relevant to their current task.
- Fake News Is Wreaking Havoc on the Battlefield. Here's What the Military's Doing About It
U.S. military leaders are taking significant steps to prepare their forces for the very real strategic threat of disinformation campaigns and how to effectively combat them.
- Pentagon creates UFO task force to see if aerial objects pose threat
Pentagon officials confirmed the existence of a “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force” that will monitor encounters with strange aerial objects and determine if they are a threat.
- Army medical center offers last line of defense against COVID-19
Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is expanding its use of a highly specialized treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients.
- USFK ramps back up to HPCON Charlie over COVID-19 concerns
U.S. Forces Korea ramped up Health Protection Condition as new COVID-19 cases reported.
- What it's like to spend a record 7 months at sea aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier due to COVID-19
(Task & Purpose)
Seven months of shoulder-to-shoulder contact with 5,000 other shipmates just off the coast of war-torn countries and floating alone, quarantined, as a worldwide pandemic rages around you.
- United States Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force battle storms in new NATGEO show
(We Are The Mighty)
Gathering Storm on National Geographic features the Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force as they race against time to complete vital missions during catastrophic storms.
- Fort Hood continues to face scrutiny as additional soldier dies
A Texas Army National Guard soldier has died during a training exercise at Fort Hood.
- Mourners gather in Houston to remember slain Fort Hood soldier
A murdered Fort Hood soldier memorialized by mourners gathered at Houston high school where she grew up playing soccer and dreaming of joining the military.
- VA's Active COVID-19 Cases Dip as Deaths Rise Steadily in August
The number of active cases of COVID-19 at the Department of Veterans Affairs has dropped by 38% in the past month, but the case count continues to be nearly three times that of late May.
- WWII Hero's Incredible Medal of Honor Story Now to Be a Movie
Red Erwin's story has become part of Air Force lore, but the effort to honor and preserve his legacy has taken on a new form to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
- Chinese American WWII Vet Died the Day Before He Was to Receive Bronze Star
The Bronze Star was to have been presented Saturday in Hawaii as part of the Chinese American World War II Recognition Project-Hawaii.
- Cargo, the Air Force stowaway cat, finds new home and family in Maine
(Task & Purpose)
Cargo the stowaway cat hitched a ride to Maine on an Air Force C-17 in July.
- 'Extinct' large blue butterfly successfully reintroduced to UK
Conservationists reintroduced previously extinct butterflies for the first time in 150 years.
- It's safe to go to the ER during the pandemic – "just be smart about it," doctor says
Anyone with a medical emergency should seek treatment, even with coronavirus cases high.
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