The TAPS Daily - July 10, 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.
- Defense Secretary confirms he was briefed on intel Russia offered bounties on U.S. troops
(Task & Purpose)
Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed to lawmakers he had been briefed on intelligence that the Russians were offering bounties to Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
- CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized
Federal health officials won’t revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
- The U.S. is diving into a dark COVID hole -- and there's no plan to get out
As the US plunges into an ever deeper coronavirus morass, setting record new infection rates and the death curve begins to rise again, there's no prospect of the nightmare ending for months.
- Study: Face masks could reduce COVID-19 infections, deaths by November
A COVID-19 prediction model makes compelling case for wearing masks and face coverings
- Army announces review of Fort Hood command in the wake of slaying of Vanessa Guillén
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said he has directed an independent review of the command climate at Fort Hood following disappearance and slaying of Spec. Vanessa Guillén at the base.
- After 110 Years of Aviation, Navy Get Its First Black Female Fighter Pilot
Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle is the first known Black woman certified for the Navy’s Tactical Air (Strike) mission.
- 'The Outpost' Review: A War Film Remembers the Fallen
Based on the book by CNN’s Jake Tapper, ‘The Outpost’ is a heartfelt tribute to the soldiers who fought and died during the bloody 2009 Battle of Kamdesh.
TAPS In the News
- Veterans Advisory Committee assembles for educational needs
VBA’s Education Service announced new members to the 2020 Veterans Advisory Committee on Education (VACOE) including Ashlynne Haycock, deputy director of policy for TAPS.
- Family Project: Mom Teaches Kids to File Taxes
One surviving spouse shares about teaching her young sons some of the intricacies of adulting — including taxes during this stay at home time.
- Like a Leaf on the Water
A surviving father shares his grief journey in a poem and encourages us that there can be happiness again.
- Hope Is the Companion that Helps Us Believe in Tomorrow
Surviving sibling shares her story and mission to increase awareness of the difficulties military families face in order to help them endure, recover and heal.
- 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
- DoD Knew K2 Troops Were Exposed to Cancer-Causing Toxins; VA Continues to Deny Care
Recently declassified documents show the Pentagon knew troops were exposed to multiple cancer causing toxins and hazards after deploying to Uzbekistan in the early days of the War on Terror.
- Bill Would Allow Family of Murdered Army Lieutenant to Receive Military Benefits
The amendment allows the family of Lt. Richard Collins III to be able to receive the death benefits after he was killed just days after he was commissioned into the Army.
- Return to work plans 'endanger' federal workers, senators say
Four senators representing the states surrounding Washington have called federal return to work plans unsafe and premature in the wake of new COVID-19 numbers.
- A lawmaker is pushing to rename Fort Lee for this trailblazing Army general
(Task & Purpose)
Representative A. Donald McEachin says he would like to see the name of Fort Lee changed to honor a former Army deputy chief of staff who launched his military career at the post.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- How to tell the difference between feeling routine anxiety and having an anxiety disorder
Anxiety is a normal, healthy emotion. But high levels of anxiety can interfere with your quality of life. Here’s how to tell the difference.
- Tips to Support Someone Having an Anxiety Attack
(US News & World Report)
Anxiety attacks can be scary but there are things you can do to help someone through one.
- Algorithm Developed To Give PTSD Risk Score After Trauma
Researchers have developed an algorithm that can predict if trauma survivors are likely to develop PTSD, allowing clinicians to intervene early to mitigate effects.
- VA Studying Laughing Gas as Treatment for Veterans With PTSD
(Pain News Network)
Although PTSD is the primary focus of the study, researchers also hope to learn if nitrous oxide could be used to treat pain and other symptoms.
- Mental health day tips for remote workers during the pandemic
7 approved tips for making the most of a mental health day while your home is also your office.
- COVID-19’s Impact On Women’s Mental Health
There are a variety of reasons why women may experience more depression and anxiety, than men over the past six months, including their role as the primary caretakers of the family.
- Black Troops Bear a Cost on Bases Named for Confederates, Milley Says
General Mark Milley made a forceful case for renaming bases honoring Confederate generals, citing the wrong message sent to troops assigned to bases representing someone who enslaved others.
- Army Reviewing 'Confederate Memorial' Featuring Slaves at Arlington National Cemetery
The history of the Confederate Memorial embodies the complex and contested legacy of the Civil War at Arlington National Cemetery, and in American culture generally.
- Hundreds of Marine recruits have now tested positive for COVID-19 at boot camp
(Task & Purpose)
The Marine Corps has seen hundreds of new recruits at boot camp test positive for COVID-19, but their symptoms have been so mild it hasn't disrupted training.
- Navy carrier sidelined by virus returns home to San Diego
The USS Theodore Roosevelt returned home led by a new captain who came aboard after the previous commanding officer was fired over the handling of a massive COVID-19 outbreak.
- Silent protest planned at highly toxic George AFB to remember miscarriages
(Air Force Times)
A silent protest is planned by those who lived at an air base in California to remember miscarriages and stillbirths caused by the facility’s extreme contamination.
- Inside Veterans Row, the Tent City That's Sprung Up Outside the VA
Outside the VA’s fenced-in campus, homeless veterans are calling attention to the agency’s neglect.
- Why this Medal of Honor recipient fought his home owners association
(We Are The Mighty)
An HOA waged legal warfare against a 90-year old Medal of Honor recipient and veteran of three wars. They lost.
Military Family News
- Army families eligible for assistance with remote learning expenses
(We Are The Mighty)
A new program offsets costs associated with remote education for military kids.
- Alaska military family latest to file a mold lawsuit against privatized base housing operators
The claims of damage to personal items and other costs associated with finding mold in residence are the basis for allegations in a lawsuit filed against Aurora Military Housing.
- COVID-19 tests are supposed to be free, but these people got bills for thousands of dollars
(CBS This Morning)
While Congress passed a law to ensure no one would avoid getting tested for the coronavirus because of the cost, experts say loopholes and mix-ups have left some people with big bills to pay.
- Notre Dame Cathedral To Be Rebuilt Without Modern Touches To Maintain Historical Accuracy
Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire.
- World War II Naval Drama 'Greyhound' Charts A Trim, Efficient Course
Tom Hanks’ latest movie, ‘Greyhound,’ depicts elements of World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic.
- Sean Doolittle Challenged U.S. To Become Functioning Society For Sports To Return
Washington Nationals pitcher, Sean Doolittle, issued a challenge if we want sports back during COVID-19. The World Series champions are a longtime TAPS Sports & Entertainment partner and sponsor of the Nats Families of Valor program helping to honor families of the fallen.
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