The TAPS Daily - August 27, 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. Here's how the military is responding to Hurricane Laura
    (Military Times)
    Hurricane Laura hit the Gulf Coast with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, forcing the activation of National Guard troops in response and military installations in its path to react.
  2. Jeanette Epps Will Be the First Black Female Astronaut on the International Space Station
    (Glamour)
    Astronaut Jeanette Epps is set to make history in 2021. NASA announced she will be on a six-month mission to the International Space Station — the first Black woman to do so.
  3. Senators Send Letter to SecDef on COVID-19 Failures
    (Connecting Vets)
    Nine senators are calling on the Secretary of Defense to "properly prioritize the health and well-being of our servicemembers" against COVID-19.
  4. CDC director walks back change in coronavirus testing guidelines
    (The Hill)
    The CDC director issued a clarification of earlier guidance on coronavirus testing, days after a quiet change sparked protests from the scientific and medical communities.
  5. Racial Disparities In Death Rates Transcend The Pandemic
    (NPR)
    A century of statistics finds mortality rates, life expectancy were much worse for Black Americans during pre-pandemic years than for white people during the COVID-19 crisis.
  6. COVID-19 survivors: Anna Del Priore, 107, recovered from Spanish flu and coronavirus
    (Today)
    Over 100 years ago, Anna Del Priore had the Spanish flu as a child. Now, the 107-year-old has recovered from COVID-19, and she's gearing up for another big birthday next month.
  7. Air Force on Track to Match Record 2019 Suicide Rates, Top Officer Says
    (Military.com)
    Air Force leaders continue to be troubled by rising suicide rates and some fear that the coronavirus pandemic may worsen the problem, the service's top general said Wednesday.
  8. Arson suspected in Bonhomme Richard fire, defense official says
    (Navy Times)
    Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that left extensive damage to the USS Bonhomme Richard and a U.S. Navy sailor was being questioned as a potential suspect.
  9. Coast Guard watchman shoots at shark to protect crew in water
    (MSN)
    Being at sea for weeks, the crew aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kimball was enjoying a swim in waters “a zillion miles from land” when the radio from the bridge announced “Shark!”

 

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