The TAPS Daily - July 1, 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.
- Pentagon report says Russia working with Taliban to expedite U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan
Russia has been actively working with the Taliban and other groups inside Afghanistan in order to expedite the withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country, according to a Pentagon report.
- Trump: I'll Veto Defense Bill to Keep Confederate Base Names
President Donald Trump has vowed to veto a massive defense bill against sentiment in his own party and imperiling a pay raise for troops in order to retain Confederate honors at some bases.
- Guillen family attorney says they 'believe' missing Fort Hood soldier's remains were found
The family of a missing Ft. Hood soldier say they believe her remains have been found. Police announced a person wanted in connection to the case has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- Coronavirus cases among Veterans Affairs patients tripled in June
The number of active coronavirus cases among Department of Veterans Affairs patients tripled in June, with more than 4,100 active cases at 138 medical sites spread across the country.
- Increased testing and regional outbreaks are to blame for military’s COVID-19 spike, officials say
As of Wednesday, 12,521 troops have been diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total overall Defense Department cases to 18,071, an increase of 24 percent in the past week.
- Where Are Coronavirus Cases Getting Worse? Explore Risk Levels County By County
A new, online risk-assessment map allows people to check the state or the county where they live and see a COVID-19 risk rating based upon the number of new daily cases.
- Prince Harry Surprises Diana Award Charity
Prince Harry called into a ceremony honoring young people who have done extraordinary things in Princess Diana's name. TAPS took part in the ceremony as a partner of The Diana Award.
- A Capitol Fourth
America’s Independence Day celebration, A Capitol Fourth, marks 40 years on the air, broadcast to millions of viewers on PBS and the American Forces Network.
TAPS In the News
- Yuengling Virtually Donates Over $50,000 to TAPS for COVID-19 relief, Ahead of July 4
Yuengling presented more than $50,000 to TAPS to increase financial assistance, crisis support, and grief and stress management for military survivors.
- Deals During Coronavirus: Top Discounts From D.C.-Area Businesses
D.C. businesses are offering discounts during the coronavirus pandemic. Among them, Good Feet Store offers 10% off to TAPS Family members and donates $50 to TAPS per 3-Step Systems sold.
- America's Warrior Partnership Welcomes TAPS to the Four Star Alliance
America’s Warrior Partnership announced TAPS joins an alliance of vetted community organizations providing therapeutic recreation and wellness programs to veterans, their families and caregivers.
- 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
- Loophole in law governing American military use on U.S. soil raises concerns
Following vows from the president to use active duty troops to enforce order, a senator wants to close a loophole in federal law allowing such actions without congressional approval.
- Confederate battle flag would be banned at all DOD sites under House plan
The House Armed Services Committee has included a provision in the defense authorization act to prohibit the display of the Confederate battle flag at all Department of Defense property.
- Tricare to Offer Free Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain
Tricare users with lower back problems may soon be able to get free physical therapy to help ease their pain -- if they live in certain states.
- VA’s abortion ban is questioned on Capitol Hill
(Stars & Stripes)
The VA’s nearly 30-year abortion ban received a critical look from lawmakers Tuesday, some of whom argued it was a “harsh” inequity for a growing number of female veterans.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Feeling Anxious About Wearing A Mask? Here Are 5 Ways To Overcome It
Feeling anxious about wearing a mask is actually a normal physiologic reaction triggered to protect underlying health issues and traumas. Here’s tips to help ease into wearing one.
- What makes people stop caring?
The death of an individual can have a powerful effect on our emotions, but as numbers rise so does our indifference. Why?
- Living with family amid the pandemic? Follow this mental health advice
A psychologist offers this advice to alleviate tensions that may arise among family members living together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Death Cafes help ease grief, loss in the time of coronavirus
Death Cafes, part of a broader “death-positive” movement to encourage more open discussion about grief, trauma and loss, are held around the world, in nearly 100 countries.
- Marine commandant says families of fallen service members 'entitled' to answers on Russian plot
The Commandant of the Marine Corps says while he saw no evidence of Russian bounties during his time in Afghanistan, the families of fallen Marines are "entitled" to answers.
- First trainees set to graduate from pandemic-modified basic training
More than 250 soldiers at Fort Leonard Wood will be the first to graduate from the Army’s controlled monitoring model of basic combat training during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Army Halts SERE Course after 90 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus
U.S. Army Special Operations Command officials announced 90 students who were going through survival training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Army's Senior Officer Ranks Are Not Diverse Enough, General Says
As the military wrestles with racial inequities in the ranks, the head of Army Training and Doctrine Command acknowledged that the senior officer corps is not as diverse as it should be.
- Pilot killed in F-16CM Fighting Falcon crash at Shaw Air Force Base
(Air Force Times)
An Air Force pilot was killed late Tuesday night in the crash of an F-16CM Fighting Falcon assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
- Russian bounties on American troops further strain Trump's bond with veterans
Trump’s relationship with the nation’s military community has been frequently strained. But reports he may have ignored a Russian plot to kill U.S. troops could intensify the tension.
- Over 1700 veterans ask Senate to pass statehood bill
More than 1,700 veterans from across the country are asking the Senate to pass legislation making Washington, D.C. the country's 51st state.
- The first woman to lead a military operation was Harriet Tubman
(We Are The Mighty)
Because of her extensive knowledge of the South due to the Underground Railroad, Tubman became a key informant for the Union Army.
Military Family News
- Parents of Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Want Probe Into Bounty Claim
Parents of U.S. military personnel who served in Afghanistan are demanding answers to accusations that Russia was paying Taliban-linked militants to target American troops.
- Families of U.S. troops slain in Jordan seek action
(Stars & Stripes)
The families of three Special Forces troops slain in 2016 in Jordan in 2016 are calling on Congress to suspend aid to the key U.S. Mideast partner until it extradites the killer.
- Some military families scrambling to find child care after Trump's suspension of au pair visas
With child care centers closed during the pandemic many military families were relying on an au pair program which has now been suspended by the president.
- 11 critical questions about coronavirus that remain unanswered, 6 months after first cases reported
(We Are The Mighty)
Here are some of the biggest questions surrounding the coronavirus and COVID-19, and why answering each one is critically important.
- 41 small, nice things to do for an overwhelmed partner
(We Are The Mighty)
This pandemic isn't going anywhere. Doing what we can to help our loved ones, well, feel loved and appreciated will help us all get through it.
- Adorable Artwork From Kids Shows Up On Times Square Billboard to Thank Essential Workers
(Good News Network)
Three kids got the surprise of a lifetime when their artwork showed up on a giant billboard, as a colorful reminder to frontline workers that we all thank them for their service.
- How llamas are helping create antibody treatment for coronavirus
The hunt for effective treatment for the coronavirus has led researchers to an unexpected resource: llamas.
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