The TAPS Daily - August 6, 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.
- Hiroshima bomb: Japan marks 75 years since nuclear attack
Bells have tolled in Hiroshima to mark the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the world's first atomic bomb. But memorial events were scaled back this year because of the pandemic.
- Beirut residents continue search for missing loved ones: "We are scared that it might be too late"
Authorities have said search and rescue was delayed because they feared a building might collapse and did not have lights to work overnight.
- New York Attorney General Seeks to Dissolve NRA
New York’s attorney general is seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations high-ranking executives misused millions in funds for personal use.
- U.S. State Department Eases Global Coronavirus Travel Advisory
The State Department has lifted its Level 4 global travel advisory, the highest warning against U.S. citizens traveling internationally, citing changing conditions in the coronavirus pandemic.
- Rodney Davis: Illinois Republican congressman tests positive for coronavirus
Illinois Republican Representative Rodney Davis tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, making him the third congressman over the last week to report having the virus.
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump visit
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday before he was scheduled to greet President Donald Trump upon his arrival in Cleveland.
- This week marks 30th anniversary of first Gulf War
Historian Jon Meacham and the Council on Foreign Relations' Richard Haass discuss the anniversary of the first Gulf War.
- How Safe Is Your School's Reopening Plan? Here's What To Look For
As schools weigh reopening, here's how they can lower coronavirus risk.
TAPS In the News
- TAPS Illness Loss Survivor Survey For Those Who've Lost Military Loved One
TAPS is working to better understand the scope of problems related to post-deployment illnesses and loss with our new and improved TAPS Illness Loss Survivor Survey. We hope to honor and serve your military loved ones who potentially suffered due to environmental exposures and better serve as their voice in policy and legislation. Want to learn more? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- Suicide Prevention Bill Named for SEAL Commander Passes Senate; Fate Uncertain
The Senate passed a veteran suicide prevention bill that aims to expand access to mental health programs outside the VA and improve health care for troops transitioning out of the military.
- Major women veterans' care bill heads to Senate floor after key committee vote
What could be the most significant legislation for women veterans so far this Congress now heads to the Senate floor for a vote after passing a key committee on Wednesday.
- Navy Families Seek Compensation for Extra Time Apart During Coronavirus Pandemic
The Navy's COVID-19 precautions are increasing the time sailors spend apart from families, and some spouses say Congress should change the Family Separation Allowance to reflect that.
- Senate passes legislation to ban TikTok on federal devices
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to ban the use of the social media app TikTok on federal devices, weeks after the House approved a similar measure.
- Amidst retirees' outcries, advocates seek more leeway in new Tricare Select fee plan
Military advocacy groups are calling for changes that give working-age retirees a longer grace period if they fail to set up a way to pay new fees for Tricare Select set to kick in January 1.
- Exposure Ed App delivers information on military-related exposures to health care providers.
VA’s Exposure Ed app helps health care providers engage Veterans in a discussion about military exposures and potential health effects.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- COVID pandemic: U.S. has more mental health concerns than those in other countries, report finds
Not only does the U.S. have the highest number of cases and deaths; the U.S. population is also suffering more mental health consequences than people in other countries.
- We Must Change How Our Criminal Justice System Treats People with Mental Illness
Op-Ed - In this moment of rethinking law enforcement, we must examine how both our policing and our correctional system exacerbate the crisis of mental health in America.
- Anniversaries and Trigger Events
Learn how anniversaries of disasters and other trigger events may renew symptoms of emotional distress in disaster survivors.
- Anger and Irritability Management Skills
The VA’s Anger & Irritability Management Skills program is a free self-paced online course developed for veterans who are ready to learn how to manage their anger.
- Individual Circadian Clocks Might Be the Next Frontier of Personalized Medicine
New research is challenging the assumption that sleep is a one-size-fits-all phenomenon.
- Pentagon not confirming any plans to halve U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the election
The Pentagon’s top spokesman said the Defense Department is hopeful peace talks in Afghanistan will play out and conditions met that allow NATO troops stationed there to withdraw.
- Air Force C-17s delivering relief to Beirut following deadly explosion
(Air Force Times)
U.S. forces are working to bring aid to the people of Beirut, Lebanon after a port explosion killed at least 135 and wounded about 5,000 more on Tuesday.
- Brown takes Air Force reins, becomes first Black military service chief
(Stars & Stripes)
General Charles Q. Brown was sworn in Thursday morning as the Air Force’s 22nd chief of staff, becoming the first Black military service chief in the 245 year history of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Air Force Will Now Consider Child Custody Agreements in Duty Assignments
Airmen with a court-ordered child custody arrangement will have more say in staying close to their children, thanks to a new policy change.
- Sec Army Speaks at Fort Hood on Vanessa Guillen
The Secretary of the Army's 'hard conversations' continue at Fort Hood in the wake of Specialist Vanessa Guillen's death.
- Mechanical failure, human error cited in Minnesota Guard helicopter crash
Mechanical failure and human error led to the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter that killed three Minnesota National Guard members last December, according to a Guard summary released.
- There Are No Women Leading Marine Infantry Platoons. The Corps Wants to Change That
Nearly 300 female Marines have moved into combat-arms jobs that were previously open only to men. But only one female officer has led a Marine infantry platoon so far.
- 12 Facts About the End of World War II
On August 14, 1945, President Truman announced Japan had surrendered, a decision that brought World War II to a close. Here are some of events that led up to that moment 75 years ago.
- 52 WWII vets expected for end-of-war commemoration on Oahu amid virus worries
(Stars & Stripes)
52 World War II veterans plan to attend events on Oahu marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the deadliest conflict in human history.
- Searching for the fallen: Woman seeks soldier's headstone
The mystery surfaced recently when Janna Hoehn was gathering information, including photos of headstones, on Vietnam veterans killed in action for the online Vietnam Wall of Faces Project.
- Memories of the unit that hid the Enola Gay, which dropped the A-bomb 75 years ago today
WWII veterans recall the tough missions leading up to Hiroshima and the efforts to hide the Enola Gay.
Military Family News
- Missing Vietnam War veteran’s items returned to family after 50 years (photos)
Items belonging to a Vietnam veteran were found 50 years after his plane went down in Laos and ultimately ended up in Congressman Dave Joyce’s office whose staff helped return them to family.
- Over 90 coronavirus cases linked to Ohio man attending church service
Ohio’s governor shared a graphic showing that 91 people from five counties developed symptoms of COVID-19 after a 56-year-old man with coronavirus attended a church service.
- To make online meetings and classes work, trying add fun interaction
Keeping the human connection going when you're behind a video camera is a question most of us are all grappling with during these challenging times.
- Caesar The 'No Drama Llama' Is Attending Protests In Portland To Keep People Calm
One man is looking to squash tensions at protests with an emotional support llama.
- Japanese American Hiroshima victim on reality of being bombed by his own country
Wataru Namba, 93, is among an estimated 3,000 Japanese American hibakusha, survivors of the U.S. atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- Good news: No positive COVID-19 tests at PGA Championship
After delaying the PGA Championship due to COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA received some good news: Every player and caddie in this week’s championship cleared virus testing protocols.
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