The TAPS Daily - August 28, 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.
- Coronavirus model projects more than 317,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths by December
A well-known coronavirus model previously cited by the White House forecasts more than 317,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 by December.
- As Military and VA Coronavirus Cases Surpass 50,000, Recovery Indicators Appear
The total number of COVID-19 cases topped 50,000 in both the DoD and VA this week, with up to a quarter of the cases in each agency confirmed in August alone.
- Guard troops from 3 states heading to Wisconsin to assist with unrest
National Guard troops from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama were heading to Wisconsin to assist with unrest in Kenosha after the Jacob Blake shooting.
- U.S. military intercepts 6 Russian jets off Alaska
The encounter in the sky came hours after the U.S. military said a Russian submarine surfaced near Alaska.
- First U.S. COVID-19 reinfection case identified in Nevada study
Researchers have identified the first known U.S case of novel coronavirus re-infection.
- As Schools Reopen, A New Tool Tracks Coronavirus Cases As They Emerge
Looking for a snapshot of coronavirus outbreaks in U.S. schools? The National Education Association has just launched a tracker of cases in public K-12 schools.
- The military taught me the power of positive, singular interactions
The majority of our daily interactions are short, immediate, and seemingly inconsequential. But it is those moments which define our character and help make other people’s lives better.
- Send a Birthday Greeting to the United States' Oldest Living WWII Veteran
The National World War II Museum is asking well-wishers to send cards to Lawrence Brooks, who turns 111 this September.
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
- GAO Accepts Duckworth Request For Independent Review Into The Army’s SHARP Program
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), announced the U.S. GAO agreed to an independent review of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program.
- Top military appeals court rejects Bergdahl's claim Trump prevented him from getting fair trial
The U.S. military's top appellate court rejected a legal challenge made by former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl over his court-martial conviction for deserting his post in Afghanistan.
- Lawmakers Call for Investigation into Vindman Firings, Allege White House Retaliation
Lawmakers reiterated a demand to investigate firings of Army Lt. Cols. Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman, citing new allegations of retaliation for their roles in the Trump impeachment.
- VA transitioning urgent care network managers
(We Are The Mighty)
VA is transitioning its urgent care network managers in 23 states and the Virgin Islands on September 1, 2020, from TriWest to Optum which is part of United Health Group, Inc.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Grief Awareness Day sheds light on stigmas surrounding the grieving process
Grief Awareness Day on Sunday, August 30, is a day to educate people about grief and get rid of the stigmas surrounding the process of grieving. TAPS is the national organization providing ongoing compassionate care to anyone grieving the loss of a military loved one. Through its network of partnerships, TAPS has also positioned itself to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals and bereaved individuals.
- Transforming Crisis Services
CrisisTalk is a new publication to spark dialogue between mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and first responders. The publication was founded in part by Action Alliance, of which TAPS is a member.
- COVID-19 is evaporating casual connections and why that’s bad
The value on our mental health of talking to strangers and passing acquaintances has been greatly limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The difference between CPTSD and PTSD and how to treat each condition
Post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD are both mental health disorders stemming from a traumatic event. There are several important distinctions, however, between the two.
- In Virginia, A Family Tragedy Stirs New Life In A Burial Ground For The Enslaved
Her choice to bury her son in a once forgotten cemetery for enslaved African Americans she has helped preserve is spurring interest in saving other such sacred sites before it’s too late.
- U.S. expected to reduce troops in Iraq by a third to about 3,500, official says
(Task & Purpose)
The United States is expected to reduce its troops presence in Iraq by about a third in the coming months. Around 5,200 U.S. troops are currently deployed to Iraq.
- 82nd Airborne paratrooper injured during live-fire exercise
An Army paratrooper at Fort Bragg in North Carolina was injured Thursday during a live-fire exercise on a controlled range, according to the Army.
- The Army Now Has the Most 4-Star Generals on Duty since World War II
Currently, the Army also holds 10 four-star positions in the joint world starting with General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- SecDef Throws Support Behind Medal of Honor for Fallen Iraq Hero Alwyn Cashe
In a letter to lawmakers this month, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he believes Sergeant 1st Class Alwyn Cashe deserves the Medal of Honor, and he'll work to approve it.
- She was the first woman to receive both Purple Heart and Bronze Star
(We Are The Mighty)
Lt. Col. Cordelia Cook was the first woman to earn both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
- Why Veterans Are Quitting Federal Jobs at Higher Rates Than Non-Vets
Veterans leave government jobs at higher rates than non-veterans due to a variety of issues, including dissatisfaction with the "meaningfulness" of the work, according to GAO report.
- Elizabeth Barker Johnson, veteran of the 6888th, dies at 100
A member of the Army's only all-female Black World War II unit, the famed 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, has died.
Military Family News
- Frozen In Place: Some Military Families Have Waited Months To Move To New Homes
The military issued a "stop movement" order in March in response to the pandemic. While the ban has been loosened, some military families still can't relocate to new bases.
- Parents sue U.S. and housing company over child’s death in babysitter’s military housing home
The parents of a baby who died at a babysitter’s home in military housing are alleging the government and housing company failed to take action that could have prevented the death.
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