The TAPS Daily - August 7, 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.
- White House rejects Democrats' offer for $2 trillion stimulus price tag
The Trump administration on Friday rejected an offer to agree to a stimulus price tag of around $2 trillion, the latest indication that talks may collapse completely.
- U.S. coronavirus: Masks could save 70,000 by December 1, model says
U.S. coronavirus deaths could hit 300,000 by December 1, but 70,000 lives could be saved if more Americans simply wore masks, a new model predicts.
- New military coronavirus cases show lowest increase in months
While the services’ count of COVID-19 diagnoses crossed 30,000 this week, the number of new cases showed a drop in the virus’s rate of spread.
- Trump administration covers full Guard costs for just some states, frustrating governors
The Trump administration's decision to single out some states not be required to pay National Guard costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic frustrates governors who see politics at play.
- As Fauci battles the pandemic and politics, his grateful neighbors celebrate him as a hero
(Stars & Stripes)
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s neighbors are making sure his work as the nation’s top infectious disease expert is appreciated and his family feels supported during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Coronavirus: Asymptomatic cases 'carry same amount of virus'
People with symptomless COVID-19 can carry as much of the virus as those with symptoms, a South Korean study has suggested.
- 8 Things You Never Knew About The Purple Heart Medal
(We Are The Mighty)
August 7 is Purple Heart Day. A day when we are encouraged to pause and reflect on those wounded in battle and those who have given their lives in service to our country.
- Perseid meteor shower will peak next week — here's how to watch
As schools weigh reopening, here's how they can lower coronavirus risk.
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
- Next coronavirus relief package must include a big defense boost, GOP leaders argue
Lawmakers want a boost for defense spending in the next emergency coronavirus funding, saying the pandemic’s effects have cut across an array of military program and procurement accounts.
- 'We're Risking Our Lives': Front-Line Federal Workers Sue For Hazard Pay
Some 6,000 federal employees are expected to have contracted COVID-19 on the job as of this week, and as many as 60 have died, according to a Department of Labor report.
- 'Child care dilemma:' Lawmakers urge Esper to find more options for military families
In light of child care shortages exacerbated by COVID-19, lawmakers are urging DoD officials to take steps to help military families in desperate need of child care this fall.
- Paid parental leave takes shape under new OPM regulations
The Office of Personnel Management will issue an interim final rule that clarifies when and how federal employees can use paid parental leave as part of the 2020 Defense Authorization Act.
- Plan for Medal of Honor Monument in D.C.Gets Senate Boost
The National Medal of Honor Monument Act, introduced by Senators John Cornyn, (R-TX), and Tim Kaine, (D-VA), would authorize a monument recognizing more than 3,500 MOH recipients.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- 8 Ways Managers Can Support Employees' Mental Health
(Harvard Business Review)
Even in the most uncertain of times, the role of a manager remains the same: to support your team members. That includes supporting their mental health.
- Pandemic Causing Severe Mental Health Issues, Burnout Among Psychologists And Psychiatrists
Along with the enduring toll COVID-19 has taken on healthcare workers, mental healthcare workers have also been confronting unprecedented challenges.
- To Decrease Your Anxiety, Shoulder It For Others
It’s a wonderful paradox of life. One of the best ways to help yourself is to help others.
- Your Bereavement Return to Work Plan
One of the most challenging experiences the recently bereaved face is the return to work.
- Here's what you need to know about new guidance for troops planning travel during pandemic
Troops looking to travel on temporary duty, for permanent change-of-station or vacation will have to complete a risk assessment and possibly a restriction-of-movement before and/or after.
- A look at the lives of the 8 Marines, 1 sailor lost in sunken amphibious assault vehicle
(Marine Corps Times)
Families are mourning as they come to grips with the reality of a training accident last week that resulted in the death of 8 Marines and one sailor. The oldest was 23. The youngest was only 18.
- Army: Fort Hood has some of the "highest numbers" of violent acts, sexual harassment cases
(FOX 5 DC)
The Secretary of the Army stated that Fort Hood has some of the highest numbers of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and murders for the entire formation within the Army.
- Army leaders are debating how to categorize soldiers who go missing
The Army chief of staff and service secretary have been discussing potential changes to how units report soldiers missing and how they look for troops who disappear from formations.
- 'Despair' spreading through Military Sealift Command over 'draconian' COVID-19 restrictions
Thousands of civilian mariners assigned to the Navy’s fleet of ships have been living under some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions in the military for months and with almost no notice.
- 10 Marines punished following investigation into death of former Green Beret in Iraq
(Task & Purpose)
Ten Marines have been disciplined administratively following an investigation into the death of a former Green Beret working as a contractor in Iraq.
- Airmen save toddler from drowning in German lake
(Stars & Stripes)
Staff Sergeant Corey Drake and Senior Airman Ezekiel Lopez ran to the aid of the 2-year old girl, who nearly drowned Sunday in waist-deep water near Ramstein Air Base.
- Air Guard team removes live ordnance found inside Nebraska museum
(Air Force Times)
A bomb squad and military experts had to be called to a northeastern Nebraska museum after live military ordnance, including World War II era rounds — were found in a museum storeroom.
- Junior sailor dies in car crash, days after turning 21
Damage Controlman Fireman Sintereius J. Davis was driving westbound on the H-1 Freeway when he lost control on the off-ramp, struck an embankment and overturned.
- Sexual Harassment Pervasive at Veterans Affairs, Women Say
Nearly three dozen veterans and more than a dozen VA employees reached out to Connecting Vets to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault at VA.
- The COVID-19 Unemployment Crisis May Be Turning Around for Veterans
The unemployment rate for all veterans fell to 7.9% in July from 8.6% in June, led by a drop of more than two percentage points in the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans to 8.2%.
- WWII Hero Who Led Ragtag Group that Killed over 200 Nazis Considered for Medal of Honor
U.S. Representative John Joyce announced Thursday that he has introduced legislation that would award the United States' highest military honor to a World War II hero from Bedford County.
- USS Oklahoma sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest in Missouri
Nearly eight decades after he was killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor that launched the U.S. into World War II, a Missouri man has been laid to rest next to his parents.
- Marine who was killed during WWII and deemed 'non-recoverable' is finally coming home
(Task & Purpose)
The remains of a Washington man killed in the Pacific Theater while serving in the Marine Corps during World War II have been identified, and will be returned home this fall for burial.
- Retired Lt. Gen. who advised presidents Ford, Bush dies at 95
Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush has died. He was 95.
- For The 1st Time In Almost A Century, A Family Reunion Interrupted — By A Pandemic
For nearly a century the Quander family has come together every year to honor and preserve their history that traces back to a matriarch enslaved by George and Martha Washington.
- Retirement home asks for 106 birthday cards for woman turning 106
A retirement home is asking for birthday cards to be mailed to one of their centenarians in celebration of her 106th birthday since the pandemic prevents a gathering of friends and family.
- Trump Signs Executive Order That Will Effectively Ban Use Of TikTok In the U.S.
In the order, which takes effect in 45 days, any transactions between TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, and U.S. citizens will be outlawed for national security reasons.
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