The TAPS Daily - August 31, 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.
- COVID-19 often goes undiagnosed in hospital workers; virus may impair heart functions
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
- Chadwick Boseman's death leaves saddening mark on rough 2020
So far, 2020 has been marred with bad news and tragedy with the deaths of several popular Black icons. Now, the loss of another major figure such as Chadwick Boseman is taking its toll.
- Two Epidemics Are Creating a National Security Crisis: COVID-19 and Obesity
A majority of American youth are ineligible for military service due to food insecurities. And that figure is growing during the pandemic with serious national security implications.
- Treasury: 70 percent of stimulus payment money sent to dead people has been recovered
Nearly 70 percent of $1.6 billion in coronavirus stimulus payments wrongly sent to dead people has been recovered, according to a Treasury Department official.
- COVID-19 exacerbates job woes for veterans, military spouses
The global pandemic is impacting job searches for veterans and military spouses who already faced barriers in employment before coronavirus.
- Child care providers struggle as need for services remain for many
Exacerbated by the pandemic, the cost of child care in the U.S. is not a new problem.
- Amazon wins FAA approval to deliver packages by drone
Getting an Amazon package delivered from the sky is closer to becoming a reality. Remember to select TAPS as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile for all your drone deliveries!
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
- Congressional watchdog to review Army's sexual harassment and assault prevention program
The GAO review comes after Army Forces Command dispatched a small team in late June to specifically look at the SHARP program on Fort Hood in Texas.
- House To Vote to Remove Marijuana as a Controlled Substance
The House is set to vote on legislation removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively ending prohibition at the federal level and allowing its use by VA for treatment.
- Experts call for independent commission separate from FDA to review COVID-19 vaccines
Citing criticism of government agencies and increasing public distrust, experts are calling for an independent commission to review data from coronavirus vaccine trials.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Kids hold memorials for Chadwick Boseman with 'Black Panther' toys
Children around the world are holding memorials with their action figures to honor “Black Panther” star, Chadwick Boseman.
- Nightmares in Veterans Tied to Heart Disease
Nightmares that occurred twice a week or more were linked with cardiovascular disease in relatively young military veterans, even after controlling for post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Thanks to Coronavirus, Teletherapy May be Here to Stay
Psychotherapy sessions—like so very much else—have become virtual, conducted on-screen, at a remove, riding the electrons of Zoom or Skype or Google Meet. And that comes at a price.
- Grief and Loss: Will Therapists Be Able to Help?
The next pandemic will be one of grief – and many therapists are not ready.
- Lockdown Got You Down? Here's How to Rebuild Your Mental Health
If you’re stressed out, exhausted by the stream of bad news, or just fell off whatever good habits you had in 2019, here’s how you can use your mobile device to get back on track.
- Army IDs 2 Special Operations Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash
The Army has identified two special operations soldiers who were killed on Thursday when their helicopter crashed during a training mission in California.
- Troops on Guam are weathering their second COVID-19 lockdown
Service members based in Guam are sheltering-in-place for a second time this year, after an August spike in COVID-19 cases led to a shut down of all non-essential businesses once more.
- ‘A Floating Prison’: Civilian Mariners Say They’re Stuck on Navy Ships
More than 5,000 civilian mariners who work for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command are affected by the “Gangways Up” order.
- Navy Captain Sets New Unofficial Record for Consecutive Days at Sea
A Navy officer spent 207 consecutive days at sea this year, believed to be a modern record.
- Army using forensic science in coronavirus battle
A team of Army forensic scientists have been conducting COVID-19 testing from the early onset of the pandemic.
- Coast Guard Deploys to Regions Devastated by Hurricane Laura for Cleanup
As the Category 4 hurricane made landfall 3,000 Coast Guard members, including 32 aircraft crews and nearly 40 boat crews, deployed to the region to assist.
- U.S. Ambassador Visits Marine Veteran Imprisoned in Russia
The U.S. ambassador to Russia on Monday visited a former Marine who is imprisoned for assaulting police officers in Moscow, calling his conviction a mockery of justice.
- Medal of Honor recipient from Korean War, Ron Rosser, has died
(Task & Purpose)
Retired Army Master Sgt. Ronald Rosser, who earned the Medal of Honor in Korea by charging three times alone into enemy trenches to save the wounded, died Wednesday at age 90.
- VA fast tracking new North Texas medical center
The Department of Veterans Affairs is fast-tracking a donated facility in North Texas in order to treat veterans with COVID-19.
- VA dedicates new cemetery in Maine
The Department of Veterans Affairs dedicated a new national cemetery in Jonesboro, Maine.
- Texas school principal fills empty 'virtual' classrooms with giant student photos
(Good Morning America)
2nd grade teacher Andrea Kerr, brings us inside her classroom filled with student photos at Gentry Elementary School in Mesquite, Texas.
- Kind Teen Makes Dolls For Kids With Unique Physical Characteristics
(Good News Network)
Inspired by her own experience of finding comfort in toys reflecting her own diversity, this teen is creating unique dolls for children with rare medical conditions.
- NPR's 100 Best Children's Books
Welcome To Story Hour: 100 Favorite Books For Young Readers.
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