The TAPS Daily - July 15, 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.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg discharged from the hospital and doing well
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital after being treated for a possible infection in her latest health scare.
- Oklahoma Governor Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Governor Kevin Stitt has become the first U.S. governor known to be infected with COVID-19.
- What happens if you don't file a tax return?
In the middle of a pandemic today’s tax deadline might not be the first thing on your mind.
- America's Health Crisis Is Becoming a Housing Crisis
The current housing crisis could get messy quickly, but it is fixable.
- Walmart will require all customers to wear masks
Walmart will require all customers to wear face masks beginning next week in all of its 9,000 company-owned stores, in addition to its Sam's Club locations.
- Army and Navy still expect a 2020 football game
The historic rivalry between Army and Navy football may be put into question as COVID-19 cases continue to spike.. For now, however, both teams expect to play on December 12.
- 12-year-old boy finds a veteran's dog tag and returns it to his family 46 years after his death
A Fourth of July kayaking trip forever changed the lives of two families when 12-year-old Kolton Conrad found a dog tag that belonged to a man who died 46 years ago.
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
- Lawmakers Try to Expand List of Diseases Eligible for Agent Orange Benefits
Proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act would add three diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure and therefore expand benefits to roughly 22,000 affected veterans.
- Virginia becomes first state to issue work safety standards for coronavirus
Virginia adopted statewide emergency workplace safety standards to deal with the coronavirus, making the state the first in the nation to implement such protection measures.
- Veterans Affairs Sexual Harassment Policies Inconsistent
VA policies on sexual harassment are "inconsistent and incomplete," and hurt employees.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- In virus era, back-to-school plans stress working parents
Parents need to earn income but also need to care for their children. And they can't afford to get sick. Those strains existed before but the deadly nature of the virus compounds the pressures.
- Virtual Grieving: When Pandemic Death Stares Us In The Face
Although there are no adequate substitutes for human connection during grief, here are some tips to help you grieve during this new normal of social distancing.
- U.S. Olympic group adds three mental health officers
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials added three independent mental health officers to support American athletes ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics.
- Four ways in which drawing can help reduce daily stress
A study shows creative activities such as drawing and painting help to relieve and manage stress.
- How to help a grieving person when social distancing
There are ways we can be safe and physically distant but still lend support after a death.
- Why You’re Having Such Vivid Dreams During the Pandemic
People’s sleep patterns have shifted over the past few months, and the changes are only boosting the wild nature of pandemic dreams.
- 49ers’ Garland wears a different kind of uniform off the field
(We Are The Mighty)
San Francisco 49er, Ben Garland, plays for the nation off the gridiron as a member of the Air National Guard. He has partnered with teams4taps in support of families of fallen military.
- Esper Announces Immediate Actions Against Racism In Military
The Secretary of Defense announced actions to address issues of racial disparities in the military.
- Crews battle Bonhomme Richard blaze for a fourth day
Firefighters continue to engage in firefighting efforts aboard the stricken amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, which has been on fire in a San Diego shipyard since Sunday morning.
- Air Force Academy to House Some Cadets in Hotel Rooms Next Year for Social Distancing
The Air Force Academy is looking for alternative places to house cadets both on and off base to preserve social distancing and other COVID-19 measures during the upcoming school year.
- Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the Pentagon is cutting its chemical and biological defense programs
(Task & Purpose)
DoD wants to spend less on chemical and biological defense programs in the middle of a pandemic despite its own warnings of a heightened risk of attacks from such weapons.
- An Airman Died After His Chute Opened While He Was Still in the Plane
An improperly configured back-up parachute inadvertently opened into the wind during a jump training mission, causing the death of a special tactics airman.
- Military policeman's death at Texas joint base under investigation
The death of a Louisiana National Guard soldier at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is under investigation by Air Force Security Forces and Army Criminal Investigation Command.
- Private Gregory Wedel-Morales to be reinstated by Army after review of evidence
A Fort Hood soldier whose death is likely due to foul play will now receive a military funeral.
- Democrat MJ Hegar wins Senate nomination in Texas
Veteran, MJ Hegar, will facet Republican incumbent, Senator John Cornyn, in the general election.
Military Family News
- DODEA Plans to Reopen Classrooms at All Schools in Fall, but With Virtual Option
All of the Pentagon's 160 schools will reopen classrooms in the fall if local health conditions allow, while a virtual option also will be available to students.
- Father Soldier Son Netflix Documentary Follows Army Family
A new documentary follows an American soldier and his two sons on a 10-year journey that takes them from the battlefields of Afghanistan to Wisconsin and New York.
- VA, Mazon Partnership Veteran Food Insecurity
A newly announced partnership seeks to ensure reliable access to food for veterans.
- DIY Movie Night Tutorial — How to Make a Backyard Theatre
Missing the movie theatre? Put together a movie night in your own backyard.
- Drive By Heroes: Pearland teens start nonprofit to cheer up kids during COVID-19 pandemic
Three Texas teens are doing what they can to brighten the days one superhero visit at a time.
- Woman Takes Dishwasher Job So She Can Visit Her Husband With Alzheimer's
A Florida woman took a job as a dishwasher at a care facility to ensure she could see her husband every day during the coronavirus pandemic.
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