The TAPS Daily - August 20, 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 has scrambled the meaning of American exceptionalism
The country who led allies to victory in the Second World War and humanity to the moon now finds itself as a reverse role model during the worst public health crisis in a century.
- Teachers could stay in classroom if exposed to COVID-19
New guidance from the Trump administration declares teachers to be “critical infrastructure workers” exempting them from quarantine requirements after being exposed to COVID-19.
- Asymptomatic Children Carry Higher COVID-19 Viral Load Than Adults In ICUs, Study Finds
A study released Thursday shows that children may play a larger role in community spread of COVID-19 than previously understood.
- Pharmacists can now give childhood shots, U.S. officials say
Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive aimed at preventing future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases.
- How quarantine has inspired new amateur astronomers and stargazers
Gazing at the stars is the world’s newest pandemic hobby.
- Second senator tests positive for coronavirus
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the second senator known to do so.
- Two die fighting California lightning fires, tens of thousands flee
Authorities are warning all 40 million California residents to be ready to evacuate
after nearly 11,000 lightning strikes this week ignited 367 fires.
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
- Senators open investigation into prescription delays through postal service
Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) on Thursday announced an investigation into delays in mail-order drug prescriptions.
- Mail Delays Could Hurt The Census, Too
Some census watchers are worried that any delivery delays over the next few weeks could jeopardize the accuracy of census data collected from sparsely populated parts of the country.
- Advocates warn GI Bill students of shady college recruiting amid coronavirus pandemic
Veterans education advocates are cautioning students to be wary of schools capitalizing on pandemic uncertainty to pitch new and sometimes questionable education opportunities.
- Scam Alert: A Real COVID Contact Tracer Won't Ask You For Money
State officials and federal agencies warn of a new scam with callers posing as COVID-19 contact tracers trying to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims.
- Pandemic Is Affecting Veterans Courts, Making It Harder For Vulnerable Vets To Get Treatment
Veterans courts rely greatly on in-person interactions and are struggling to ensure access to similar quality services for veterans who need rehab and treatment during the pandemic.
- House Dems call for airlines to adopt uniform coronavirus policies
Thirty House Democrats on Thursday called on U.S.-based airlines to work together to establish an industry wide set of policies to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- About 1 in 4 young adults considered suicide because of pandemic, CDC reports
While the pandemic worsened mental health for many ages 18-24, there's help out there to support those who need it.
- Even a Few Hours of Paid Work a Week Can Greatly Improve Mental Health
There is a large body of evidence that shows that the mental health benefits from paid employment extend far beyond the financial rewards.
- OPINION: Feeling off? Some tips to take care of your mental health
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Even if crises aren’t new to you and you’ve somehow managed to build coping skills, it can feel different when there’s a lot going on at once. Like now.
- Gen Z Workers Most Likely Generation to Seek Mental Health Services Since Coronavirus
While stigma keeps many Americans from seeking mental health services, a new generation is embracing such help during the coronavirus pandemic.
- How outdated laws deprive grieving workers time to heal
(Human Resources Director)
A look into Canadian bereavement leave laws reveals the universal, long-lasting impact of grief.
- Army reservist dies of COVID-19 complications in Florida
Master Sergeant Brian K. Tolliver, 46, from Memphis, Tennessee, died August 17 in Largo, Flprida, from complications related to COVID-19.
- Trump vows U.S. troops in Iraq will return home soon
President Donald Trump vowed that U.S. troops in Iraq will be “leaving shortly” during a meeting with the country’s prime minister at the White House on Thursday.
- Travis Air Force Base orders evacuations following LNU Lightning Complex Fire
(Air Force Times)
Travis Air Force Base has instructed all non-mission essential personnel and their families to evacuate due to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Solano County in California.
- Air Force Academy cadets test positive for COVID-19
(Air Force Times)
Positive coronavirus cases have resulted in quarantines impacting Colorado College and the Air Force Academy, both near Colorado Springs.
- Navy chief dies in accident while on leave
Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate David J. Cahill died in a traffic accident July 24.
- Marine awarded highest noncombat medal for heroic action in North Carolina traffic accident
(Marine Corps Times)
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin A. Grajeda was awarded with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune.
- U.S. defense chief Esper to visit Palau, Guam and Hawaii
Defense Secretary Mark Esper will travel to the tiny North Pacific island nation of Palau next week, as well as to Hawaii and the U.S. territory of Guam, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
- Floyd Welch, Survivor of Pearl Harbor, Dies at 99
Floyd Welch, who was credited with saving the lives of fellow sailors during the attack on Pearl Harbor, has died in Connecticut. He was 99.
- Veteran Brian Kolfage Arrested in Build the Wall Scam
An Iraq war veteran is among those arrested and indicted today in relation to their “We Build the Wall” Gofundme campaign scam which raised over 25 million dollars.
- Sixth lawsuit filed in deaths at West Virginia VA hospital
A sixth lawsuit has been filed involving the sudden deaths of patients at a veterans hospital where a nursing assistant admitted to intentionally killing seven people with fatal doses of insulin.
- Never-before-seen footage reveals the horror and heroism of World War II’s final days
(Task & Purpose)
A new documentary painstakingly explores the heroism and horror of the final days of fighting during World War II.
Military Family News
- '1 year and 1 day' as a Marine: Father of a Marine lost in AAV accident shares his grief
The father of a young Marine who had just marked his first year in the Corps shares his grief following his son’s death in a training accident off the coast of California.
- A World War II widow discovered her husband is a hero in France
(We Are The Mighty)
This widow has visited the French town every year where her husband was killed in World War II to celebrate his life and talk to the people who remember the hero who saved their village.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.