The TAPS Daily - August 19, 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.
- Florida virus deaths surpass 10,000 as teachers, state argue
The number deaths in Florida from coronavirus surpassed 10,000, as teachers and state officials argued in court over whether schools should be forced to reopen this month.
- 8 days into semester, Notre Dame halts in-person classes as 146 students get coronavirus
The two-week suspension came one day after the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill made a similar announcement and Michigan State ordered undergrads to stay home for the rest of the fall.
- August Could Be One of VA's Deadliest Months of the Pandemic
So far in August, VA is on pace for 660 deaths, which could make it one of the deadliest months of the pandemic so far.
- Working mothers are quitting to take care of their kids and U.S. job market may never be the same
Many American parents are having to choose during the pandemic between their jobs and staying home to take care of their kids. More often than not, this burden falls on mothers.
- Health warning issued for Sturgis attendees after positive COVID-19 result
A patron of a bar in Sturgis, South Dakota, tested positive for COVID-19 and was able to transmit the virus while attending the massive Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
- A surgeon and Navy reservist shares what it's like to have COVID-19
“Our health care team cannot do this alone; our public health colleagues cannot do this alone; you cannot do this alone; I cannot do this alone. Only collectively can we get through this.”
- Coronavirus smell loss 'different from cold and flu'
The loss of smell that can accompany coronavirus is unique and different from that experienced by someone with a bad cold or flu, say researchers who have studied the experiences of patients.
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
- Ranking Member Roe Calls for Immediate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Veteran Suicide
Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer urging requesting that S. 785, Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act be brought to a vote when Congress returns later this week.
- Congressional hearing on military training accidents requested after recent deaths
Rep. Vern Buchanan, (R-FL), who has been advocating for reform of military training safety measures has called for a public hearing on military training accidents.
- More Veterans and Troops Injured in Service Could Get Cash Under Expanded Program
A proposed rule change would expand insurance benefits to troops suffering from a swath of service-connected injuries, including most TBI, heatstroke and cold weather injuries.
- Bypassing Pentagon Pleas, Lawmakers Say Military Health Reforms Will 'Stay the Course'
Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have reaffirmed their commitment to reform of the military health system despite calls from the service chiefs for adjustments.
- Military Toxic Exposure Conference Goes Virtual in August
A virtual conference will advocate for better health care benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits during their military service.
- DOJ: Storage firm illegally sold deployed sergeant's items
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit accusing a storage company of illegally selling the possessions of a deployed Air Force sergeant — including his grandfather’s medals.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Teens Across the Country Share Their Mental Health Struggles During COVID-19
Courageous teens from across the United States are candidly opening up about their mental health in a new nationwide campaign to break down stigmas surrounding mental illness.
- The most important task for a PTSD service dog for veterans is disrupting anxiety
A recent study shows what trained tasks service dogs perform the most often and which ones are the most helpful to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Anger and PTSD
The National Center for PTSD latest Research Quarterly issues highlights dysregulated anger as a common symptom associated with PTSD.
- Don't scrimp on the veggies: VA dietitian discusses healthy variety of sandwiches
Try incorporating more vegetables to liven up a sandwich for a healthy, quick meal at home.
- Army investigating soldiers' appearance during DNC over concerns of rule violations
The Army is investigating reservists who may have violated rules concerning political campaigning while in uniform after an appearance during Democratic Convention.
- 'Please remember the world is different:' A sailor recounts 200-plus days at sea and surreal return
Anxiety during and upon return to a very different home than when they left. One sailor shares the effects of months at sea during a global pandemic
- Military border deployments are legally good-to-go, IG finds
The Pentagon’s mobilization of thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border is fully legal, the Defense Department’s inspector general confirmed in a report released Tuesday.
- Rim of the Pacific military exercise scaled back due to virus
The world’s largest maritime military exercise is scheduled to be held this week in Hawaii, but the event has been scaled back significantly, mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Everything you need to know about the Silver Star but didn’t want to ask
(We Are The Mighty)
As the third-highest military award for bravery in combat awarded, the Silver Star honors exceptional courage while engaged in military combat operations against enemy forces.
- Fort Hood Soldier Killed While Assisting in Auto Accident
The U.S. Army identified a Fort Hood soldier who died while assisting others at the scene of a minor vehicle accident in Killeen, Texas.
- Soldier drowns at Mount Rainier National Park
A soldier from Joint Base Lewis McChord died Saturday while swimming in an unnamed lake below Emmons Glacier, at Mount Rainier National Park.
- The reason Army helicopters are named after native tribes will make you smile
(We Are The Mighty)
Once a name is picked the helicopter is then part of a ceremony attended by Native American leaders, who bestow tribal blessings.
- Decorated Marine and purple heart recipient begins new battle
(We Are The Mighty)
Wounded Warrior, Justin Constantine, may be facing the fight of his life, but he's determined to do what he's always done: motivating others and living with purpose.
- Remains of Southern Illinois solider laid to rest 70 years after declared missing in action
A soldier from Illinois was finally laid to rest 70 years after he’d been declared missing in action during the Korean War.
Military Family News
- The death of their child at babysitter's house was just beginning of this Army family's nightmare
Special agents from Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the death of an Army child who died from injuries suffered at the Fort Leonard Wood home of a babysitter.
- 'Family Guy' Seth MacFarlane Set to Remake Beloved WWII Classic
Seth MacFarlane was just 8 years old when the televised mini-series, ‘Winds of War’, first captivated the nation for a week in 1983. He’s been dreaming of it ever since.
- Rare 15th-century religious manuscript discovered under the floorboards of historic house
(FOX 5 DC)
Archaeologists in the U.K. have found part of a rare 15th-century religious manuscript as well as other items spanning the centuries under the floorboards of a historic country house.
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