The TAPS Daily - August 3, 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.
- Marine Corps IDs 9 Troops Lost in Tragic AAV Accident
The Marine Corps has identified eight Marines and one sailor who died after their amphibious assault vehicle sank during a July 30 training exercise in the Pacific.
- Gold Star Families now have a week to call their own
The Senate has approved a resolution introduced by Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, (R-MS) designating September 20 to 26, 2020, as “Gold Star Families Remembrance Week”.
- Tropical Storm Isaias Expected To Make Landfall As A Hurricane In Carolinas
The National Hurricane Center is warning residents of the Carolinas to brace for the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to make landfall as a hurricane by Monday evening.
- White House to require random coronavirus tests for its officials
As President Donald Trump continues to downplay the need for increased COVID-19 testing across the country, White House officials were told they will be randomly tested for the virus.
- Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America
How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation.
- 'Hit us at our core': Vulnerable Navajo Nation fears a second COVID-19 wave
Navajo officials want to use the millions in federal aid money to guard against the next public health crisis, but obstacles stand in their way.
- With petitions and lawsuits, some students demand lower tuition for online instruction
More than 93% of U.S. students believe that if classes are held online, tuition should be lowered.
- How to Evaluate COVID-19 News without Freaking Out
Disinformation expert Carl Bergstrom gives tips on how to stay calm and make sense of pandemic news.
- Fourth-grader who wants to be a Navy SEAL starts service by helping veterans
A South Carolina fourth-grader who dreams of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL is starting by helping local veterans.
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
- Supreme Court Rejects Halt to Border Wall Projects That Use DoD Funds
The Supreme Court declined to halt border wall construction following a recent lower court ruling the Trump administration improperly diverted money to the project.
- VA Won't Give Congress More Information on COVID-19 Cases
For months, Capitol Hill lawmakers have asked the VA for more information on its COVID-19 cases, particularly a breakdown of cases by race, after some veterans could be at higher risk.
- Veterans, what's your experience with your education benefits? The VA wants to know.
The VA announced a new survey to gauge veterans’ experiences with education benefits.
- Sickened by COVID-19, low-wage workers lose jobs. Others are denied paid leave.
Hundreds of businesses have illegally denied paid sick leave to workers during the pandemic.
- How Many Lawmakers Got The Coronavirus Or Self-Quarantined?
The virus has infected several lawmakers, their staff, and other Capitol Hill workers. And it remains an ongoing threat.
- Congress Likely to Override Trump Veto on Changing Army Base Names, Key Lawmaker Says
Congress likely has the votes to override President Donald Trump's threatened veto of the entire defense policy bill over a provision that would change names of bases honoring Confederates.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- COVID-19 deaths may lead to prolonged grief disorder
Losing a loved one can have a deeper effect on a person during the pandemic.
- COVID-19 losses and uncertainty have led to a mental health crisis. Here's how to help.
Nearly one-third of Americans are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety. Recognizing when and how to help is key to getting assistance.
- Tips for Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic Wallet Card
This wallet card provides stress reduction tips and techniques as well as lists sources for additional assistance to help you ease the stress of these difficult times.
- Silent Suffering: A Still Grieving LatinX Community Faces Compounding Crises
The Latinx community continues to suffer from disproportionate rates of COVID-19, massive economic devastation, and killings at the hands of law enforcement.
- Cooking on Zoom Helps My Family Cope With Grief
My aunt died in January. To honor her, my family is making her most popular recipes together, but virtually.
- How Healthy Anxious People Harness Anxiety
Healthy Anxiety is not a formal diagnosis, but can help track psychological habits before they escalate into panic episodes.
- Department of Defense Strategy for COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance
Are you or someone you know joining the military during COVID-19? Learn what to expect when it comes to testing and prevention.
- DoD's 18 to 24 year olds have a higher COVID-19 infection rate than civilians
For all age demographics but one, the Department of Defense has reported lower rates of COVID-19 infection than the corresponding age demographic in the civilian population.
- The Long Blue Line: Hamilton’s grand experiment—230 years of the U.S. Coast Guard!
Brought into being by executive signature 230 years ago this week, the Coast Guard was an idea conceived by founding father, Alexander Hamilton.
- Meet the Ramstein airman who coined the Space Force motto
(Stars & Stripes)
Airman 1st Class Daniel Sanchez is forever a part of history as the originator of the United States Space Force motto - ‘Semper Supra’.
- We need to appreciate the National Guard now more than ever
Crises test us all. We are being tested now. In such trying times, America has learned to depend upon, trust and call on its National Guard.
- Body found near Fort Riley confirmed to be missing soldier
The Riley County Police Department confirmed that a body found on the Konza Prairie Nature Trail is 38-year-old Warrant Officer Nicole Grothe.
- Navy investigates video of dogs attacking Kaepernick fill-in
The U.S. Navy is investigating an incident in which dogs attacked a “Colin Kaepernick stand-in” during a K-9 demonstration during a 2019 fundraiser at the Navy SEAL Museum in Florida.
- Survivors of Ohio-based Marine Reserve unit hit hard in Iraq War mark grim anniversary
(Marine Corps Times)
Marines mark the 15th anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fallujah.
- Remains of WWII pilot shot down over Italy returned to family in Nevada
The remains of Army 2nd Lt. Lowell S. Twedt, shot down in Italy during World War II, were recovered in 2017 and identified last year.
- Meet the Navy veteran who actually lived 'Greyhound'
(Task & Purpose)
Probably no one in Illinois is looking forward to seeing the movie "Greyhound," the Tom Hanks thriller about the World War II's Battle of the Atlantic, more than Gordon Smedley.
- Carol Timmons, first woman to lead Delaware National Guard, dies at 62
(Air Force Times)
Timmons was a veteran of seven deployments, including Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
- Women’s Army Corps member who refused to give up bus seat to be honored
A North Carolina veteran whose refusal to go to the back of a bus in 1952 led to a lawsuit that sparked a change in law is being honored with a special day.
- SpaceX Crew Dragon makes historic 1st splashdown to return NASA astronauts home
Bob and Doug are back on Earth and SpaceX's first astronaut mission for NASA is in the books.
- This Japanese face mask translates into eight languages
This ‘smart mask’ is designed to make communication and social distancing easier during the COVID-19 pandemic and other illnesses.
- How COVID-19 will change the way we design our homes
COVID-19 is confounding planning for basic human needs, including shelter.
- Baby in NICU sees parents' faces for 1st time thanks to innovative masks
(Good Morning America)
"Having the ability to connect with her this way has been its little ray of sunshine through all of this."
- Millennials and Their Younger Siblings Now the New U.S. Majority
Sorry, boomers. Millennials and their younger siblings and children now make up a majority of the U.S. population.
- 8 Year Old With Downs Has Sweet Celebration With Dad After Mastering New Skill
Ryan Senneff was born with Down syndrome and experienced countless illnesses early in life. But now the resilient 8-year-old is skipping along - literally - and making huge strides!
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