The TAPS Daily - July 13, 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.
- 4 Military Name Suggestions for Washington’s NFL Team
The Washington NFL franchise announced it will change its controversial name and logo. Here are name ideas which resonate with the team’s presence in the Military District of Washington.
- The military's new COVID-19 infection rate is double the general population's
The active-duty component of every branch has seen sharp increases in COVID-19 cases this month. Military leadership attributes increases to additional testing and nationwide spikes.
- Coronavirus case averages reach record highs in more than a third of U.S. states as deaths climb
The United States was one of two countries that accounted for about half of the new daily coronavirus cases reported across the globe, the World Health Organization said Monday.
- Teenage dependent was positive for COVID-19 at time of death, Fort Sill says
The 13-year-old dependent of a service member assigned to Fort Sill was the first school-aged death related to COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
- 57 Suffer Fire and Smoke Injuries as Navy Ship Bonhomme Richard Continues to Burn
Five people remain hospitalized a day after a Navy big-deck amphibious assault ship caught fire in San Diego, sending dozens to the hospital for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
- Original 'Rosie the Riveter' Makes Masks to Promote, Honor WWII Work
One of the original "Rosie the Riveters" is now helping the nation fight a different war at age 94.
- Comet Neowise: Coming to the night sky this week near the Big Dipper
How to watch for spectacular Comet Neowise – before it disappears for 6,800 years.
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
- The VA Is Seeking Input on Updating Eligibility Rules for Bad Paper Discharges
The VA is seeking public comment through September 8, 2020 on a proposed rule update clarifying what is considered a dishonorable discharge for benefit eligibility purposes.
- Congress to Convene Hearing on Handling of Race-Based Allegations at Coast Guard Academy
The handling of race-based allegations at the Coast Guard Academy will be the subject of a congressional hearing this week.
- What the Small Business Administration Does for Veterans Who Want to Start a Business
No matter what stage of veterans are in with their business or in separating from the military, the SBA has them covered with its "Boots to Business" program.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- 10-Yr-Old Spends 100 Days Sleeping In Tent To Honor His Late Neighbor
A young boy started a charity campout to both honor the life of his neighbor friend and raise money for the hospice which cared for him.
- A Short Walk on the Beach Can Improve Your Mental Health, Study Suggests
(Travel & Leisure)
Researchers and psychologists have been saying that getting into nature every day is a great way to boost your mood, and that includes a nice walk on the beach.
- 'Broken heart syndrome' has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, small study suggests
A study found a significant increase in "broken heart syndrome" among some patients who don't have coronavirus, suggesting that the stressors from the pandemic are taking a physical toll.
- ‘A Bad Dream’: Children Who’ve Lost Parents to COVID-19 Face Hardships Beyond Grief
There is no official count of children who have lost a parent or caregiver to coronavirus — and even less idea of how they will get support needed for this life-altering loss.
- Higher prevalence of depression among students and difficulties accessing care during pandemic
(Inside Higher Ed)
A new survey found students had difficulty accessing mental health care and experienced higher rates of depression after the pandemic began, prompting calls for a broad response from colleges.
- No One Is Exempt From Pandemic Stress: State Of Mental Health And Workplace Wellness
Recent studies show that the pandemic, quarantine and the prolonged nature of risk has affected the mental health of workers at every echelon of the career ladder.
- Cohen Veterans Network: Mental Health Care for Veteran and Military Families
The Cohen Network provides mental health care for veterans and families at no cost.
- Hundreds of Army and Air Force Recruits Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 Since March
The U.S. Air Force and Army basic military training programs have seen hundreds of recruits test positive for COVID-19, with the majority of them showing no symptoms.
- Midshipmen to return to Naval Academy this month; Plebe Parents Weekend sidelined
First and second class midshipmen will begin to return to the Naval Academy in Annapolis in about a week under a staggered plan due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- National Guard soldier awarded Soldier's Medal for stopping shooting at school football game
(Task & Purpose)
A soldier with the Tennessee National Guard was awarded the Soldier's Medal on Friday for heroically stopping a shooting after a high school football game in 2018.
- Soldier killed in non-combat incident in Afghanistan
(Task & Purpose)
A soldier from Fort Campbell was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday in a non-combat related incident, according to the Pentagon.
- VA Teams Up with Nonprofit to Provide COVID-19 Quarantine Kits to Veterans
A VA collaborative effort provides quarantine kits containing things to help ease the sense of isolation for veterans whether at home or a healthcare facility.
Military Family News
- Questions Remain for Families of Marines After New Report Into Fatal Mid-air Collision
Even as Marines briefed Gold Star families on the new findings late last month, many questions remain and the transparency the families were promised has not been there
- This Marine's family wanted Corps to help her cope with sexual assault. Instead, she's in the brig
(Task & Purpose)
Family, friends and advocates specializing in military sexual assault are pushing for the release of a Marine corporal whom they say has struggled with mental health since a sexual assault.
- Boy Created Puzzle to Entertain The Queen in Lockdown–And Was Thrilled to Get a Letter Back
(Good News Network)
An adorable seven-year-old boy created a word-search puzzle and sent it to the Queen to keep her entertained during lockdown—and was delighted to receive a letter back from royal staff.
- Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Reopens After COVID Shutdown
The USS Arizona Memorial has reopened and it urgently needs visitors
- Chicago Marathon cancels 2020 race
Organizers on Monday canceled the 2020 Chicago Marathon scheduled for October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Runners from Team TAPS have traditionally taken part in the event.
- Food is a big deal at work. Here's how the pandemic will change lunch and snacks
A packed cafeteria, buffet-style meals in conference rooms or buzzing elevators filled with lunch goers at noon won't bode well for social distancing.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.