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.


Top 5 News Items

Today's Highlights

 

  1. As Trump touts expanded use of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients, the U.S. military has already been using it
    (Navy Times)
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. The pandemic's financial impact on airlines will be worse than the 9/11 attacks
    (CNN)
    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.
  4. Second Lady Karen Pence Recognizes the Mental Health Benefits of our Nation’s Parks on the National Park Service’s Birthday
    (Whitehouse.gov)
    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.
  5. U.S. Marine lands deal with Patriots after putting football career on hold to serve
    (Fox News)
    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.
  6. Wisconsin National Guard called out after police shoot Black man
    (Military Times)
    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.
  7. 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

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Mental Health / Wellness

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

  • 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
    (Miltary.com)
    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.

 

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