The TAPS Daily - August 25, 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.
- As Trump touts expanded use of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients, the U.S. military has already been using it
While President Trump announced Sunday an emergency authorization for the use of convalescent plasma to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients, such plasma is already being administered to infected U.S. service members.
- Hero soldier saves three people caught in their vehicles during a flash flood in Virginia
(Task & Purpose)
Staff Sergeant Joshua Carter was just in the right place at the right time when he helped save three people stranded on an underpass during a flash flood.
- The pandemic's financial impact on airlines will be worse than the 9/11 attacks
COVID-19 will impact the U.S. airline industry even more than the terrorist attacks on September 11. Planes have been grounded and the financial impacts of the pandemic will change the industry and air travel for the foreseeable future.
- Second Lady Karen Pence Recognizes the Mental Health Benefits of our Nation’s Parks on the National Park Service’s Birthday
Today marks the National Park Service’s 104th birthday. As people experience mental health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Second Lady Karen Pence has traveled to our Nation’s great National Parks to highlight the many mental health benefits the outdoors offers.
- U.S. Marine lands deal with Patriots after putting football career on hold to serve
A U.S. Marine who has been out of football for over five years landed a job with the New England Patriots on Sunday after getting a tryout earlier last week. TAPS, an NFL Salute to Service Partner, has partnered with the New England Patriots to honor grieving military families and their loved ones since the 2017 season.
- Wisconsin National Guard called out after police shoot Black man
Wisconsin’s governor summoned the National Guard for fear of another round of violent protests Monday after the police shooting of a Black man turned Kenosha into the nation’s latest flashpoint city in a summer of racial unrest.
- Coast Guard Ready to Respond, Urges Safety Preparations Ahead of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura
(Fox 15 New Orleans)
The Coast Guard has staged response assets and is urging safety precautions ahead of two tropical systems impacting the Gulf Coast this week.
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
- Huge slate of veteran suicide prevention measures set for debate next month
Democratic leaders of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee this week announced plans to mark up a hefty slate of suicide prevention bills early next month as Senate lawmakers and administration officials lament that already existing solutions to the problem aren’t moving fast enough through Congress.
- House Democrats introduce bill to fund National Guard’s entire coronavirus mission
(Stars and Stripes)
Three House Democrats on Monday introduced a bill that would fully fund the National Guard’s coronavirus mission as more than 20,000 troops are still deployed across the country assisting the fight against the pandemic.
- Overtime survives, but USPS truck policies could further mail delays
U.S. Postal Service employees will still be able to request overtime and get it approved, according to testimony given by the new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before the House Oversight Committee Aug. 24, but imperatives on truck schedules are still in place.
- Pandemic Drives Congress To Act On Internet Of Things
When the pandemic forced federal workers to work remotely, this dramatically expanded the possible attack surface on networks. To try and tighten things up, Congress is likely to move on an Internet of Things Cybersecurity Law in the next two to three weeks.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- More leaders need to talk about their mental health challenges. Here’s how to start
The COO of Boomi shares his personal story and says it’s time we stepped up and showed how seeking help doesn’t mean we’re weak—it just means we aren’t alone.
- Whether it's hurricanes or COVID-19, disasters are driving a mental health crisis
Mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.
- To safeguard children's mental health during COVID-19, parents must look after their own
Parents have an important role to play in safeguarding children's mental health during COVID-19. A recent study found several parent and family factors that were important in predicting changes in children's mental health problems.
- Mental health tips to stay healthy during COVID-19
Here are some tips for taking care of yourself during a stressful global pandemic.
- Lavender Sales Are Soaring Due to COVID-19. Here's Why.
Sales of Lavender are soaring as people deal with depression and sleep deprivation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- California Guardsman is 6th U.S. Military Member to Die from COVID-19
A sixth service member and second National Guardsman has died from COVID-19, according to U.S. military and California National Guard officials.
- Congresswomen press Pennsylvania National Guard on harassment allegations
(Air Force Times)
Two Philadelphia-area members of Congress are asking the Pennsylvania National Guard’s commander to address allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation at the Horsham Air Guard Station near Philadelphia.
- Rising military personnel costs may mean future cuts in troop numbers
Despite White House and Pentagon suggestions that military end strength should continue to grow in coming years, the total number of personnel is likely to stay flat or start shrinking due to budget pressures on the Defense Department, according to a new financial analysis.
- National Guard helps fight California wildfires
Hundreds of members of the National Guard from multiple states are supporting state and local efforts to fight the wildfires raging in California.
- Officials: Fort Rucker soldier found dead off base
A soldier stationed at an Alabama U.S. Army post was found dead Sunday morning near the town of Clayhatchee. Information on the soldier and details surrounding the soldier’s death weren’t immediately released.
- Be fearless, take the tough jobs and mentor others: Army leaders offer insights to fellow female soldiers
Army leaders shared their professional advice for those coming up in the ranks — both male and female.
- VetXL: Back to School
(Department of Veterans Affairs)
Join us on RallyPoint, August 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern, for a live Q&A focusing on Back to School resources, GI Bill, learning options, and virtual tools. You can ask questions in writing now or during the live event. Please note that there is no audio or visual component to this Q&A event.
- Why Veterans Are Quitting Federal Jobs at Higher Rates Than Non-Vets
Veterans leave their government jobs at higher rates than non-veterans due to a variety of issues, including dissatisfaction with the "meaningfulness" of the work, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
- How a veteran’s idea to solicit donations for a border wall won over Trump supporters — and produced conspiracy charges
(The Washington Post)
Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran and conservative activist who lost three limbs in Iraq, was angry. Kolfage’s brainchild, dubbed “We Build the Wall,” would generate more than $17 million in just the first week and would eventually attract some of Trump’s highest-profile supporters.
- The VFW wants you to be a gamer!
(We Are The Mighty)
While some people scoff at the amount of time and energy people put into gaming, there have been proven benefits to veterans. Video games have been increasingly recommended to veterans as a way to cope with the effects of PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
Military Family News
- Amid coronavirus pandemic, students' first day at DODEA's overseas schools looked different
(Stars and Stripes)
The first day of school on U.S. military bases overseas took on the trappings of a pandemic Monday as children bustled off to class in masks or logged on to meet their teachers from home
- Tricare for College Students: How Long Can Children Remain on Your Tricare Policy?
Under Tricare, children remain eligible for coverage under their parent's Tricare coverage until they turn 21. Then, if they are a full-time student (at any level), they can extend their coverage until they turn 23.
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