The TAPS Daily - July 16, 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.
- COVID-19 power shift: Experts have 'deep worries' about hospital data sent to Washington
It remained unclear how hospitals — already strapped for resources — would be able to pivot effectively to a new reporting system during the pandemic.
- COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Collection Program
If you were diagnosed with COVID-19, tested positive for antibodies, AND you’ve been symptom-free for two weeks, consider donating your plasma at a Military Blood donation center.
- Travel Alert: Americans From 26 States Should Stay Home, Per COVID-19 Tracking Site
According to CDC guidelines, you should reconsider traveling if COVID-19 is spreading where you live. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread the virus to others while traveling.
- Veterans Affairs Pledges $400M to Help Homeless Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs pledged additional COVID-19 emergency response funding to help homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness during the pandemic.
- Survivors recall 2015 shooting that killed 5 service members
(Task & Purpose)
Chattanoogans reflect on the fifth anniversary of a mass shooting terrorist attack that killed four Marines and one Navy petty officer at a local recruiting center.
- Beach safety tips: How to go to the beach during coronavirus
Experts say heading to the shore is safer than many other activities, but it's not without risk.
TAPS In the News
- 20 Years of TEAM TAPS
This twenty-year journey is a story filled with passion, determination, reverence, love and a happenstance or two thrown in along the way.
- Achievers: Joshua 1:9 Foundation
The foundation encourages the community to support the “Love Lives On” Album, created by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor our fallen heroes.
- Community donates more than $3K to repair sightseer damage to Fennville Cemetery
Money has been raised to benefit a cemetery and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors following increased public interest in a poppy field planted in memory of a local fallen hero.
- 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
- Senator demands 'immediate' review of treatment of women and minorities in the military
(Task & Purpose)
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has requested immediate review of the U.S. military's treatment of women and minorities in the aftermath of the killing of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén.
- Stimulus checks went to White people faster than Blacks
Some of the neediest groups have found themselves at the back of the line when it comes to getting government stimulus payments meant to offer relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- House Lawmakers Advance $12.8 Billion Coast Guard Funding Bill
The House Appropriations Committee approved a $50.72 billion Homeland Security funding bill that includes $12.8 billion for the Coast Guard.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Can Exercise Help Heal TBI or Concussion Brain Injuries?
Many studies reveal the importance of aerobic exercise in the recovery process of TBIs.
- Helping kids deal with grief during the pandemic
The swirl of fear, uncertainty and isolation children are experiencing because of the coronavirus pandemic can make it more difficult for them to cope with grief.
- Coronavirus survivors face the added risk of mental health trauma
Many hospitals require adult patients to enter without family. Their stress, loneliness and fear, sometimes magnified by invasive treatment procedures, place them at a high risk for disorders such as PTSD, some medical experts say.
- Helping People Move from Trauma to Growth
(Harvard Business Review)
A psychologist explains how people, organizations, and societies can emerge from crisis stronger.
- 5 Fitness and Wellness Apps for Older Adults
Even with all the wellness apps available for younger audiences, options for older generations are on the rise, making it easier to find something that meets your needs.
- States petition for federal National Guard orders to be extended for coronavirus response
Governors of 31 states and territories are asking the Defense Department for funding to keep National Guardsmen on COVID-19 response missions through possibly the end of the year.
- Okinawa urges US to do more to stop virus outbreak at bases
The outbreak at the U.S. military bases in Japan adds to concerns across the island nation as the number of infections there have started to rise again.
- Firefighting teams briefly removed from Bonhomme Richard amid 'shift in the ship's list'
After a brief stand down, firefighting teams are again on board USS Bonhomme Richard in the fifth day of emergency response since an explosion ignited the vessel on fire.
- 2,410 airmen selected for transfer to Space Force, more to follow
(Air Force Times)
2,410 members of the Air Force will transfer to the United States Space Force on Sept. 1 as part of a larger pool of more than 8,500 volunteers selected to transfer to the new DoD component.
- Once an Olympic Hopeful, Army Captain Finds Victory in Nursing
A world class bobsled competitor is busy these days as an Army nurse on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 'He loved his fellow shipmates': Submariner dies in motorcycle crash
A submariner has become the sixth sailor to die in a motorcycle accident this fiscal year.
- Coca-Cola exists thanks to this wounded warrior from Civil War
(We Are The Mighty)
Wounded in action, this Union cavalry soldier developed a pain relief tonic for veterans. His invention became an iconic American brand that continues to honor its origins in caring for military and families through partnership with TAPS Sports & Entertainment program.
- William & Mary creates new transition program for veterans
The W&M VET program will help veterans transition into civilian leadership roles through areas of study that range from business and law to international affairs and health management.
- What It Means to Be a Protected Veteran on a Job Application
A protected veteran falls under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and may still apply to others who didn’t serve in Vietnam.
Military Family News
- COVID-19 Claims the Life of Child Anna Carter at Fort Sill
To date, there have been 44 deaths due to COVID-19 across the Department of Defense, and of those, 25 are civilians and an additional five were dependents.
- 2020 - Back to School Basics in COVID-19 Webinar
(Military Child Education Coalition)
Join this MCEC webinar on Wednesday, July 22 to discuss how parents can set their students up for success as they head back to school in this challenging environment.
- List of national retail chains requiring masks is growing
Target and CVS Health join the list of large retailers that will require customers to wear masks as cases of COVID-19 spike.
- A floating movie theater where people sit in socially distant boats on the water is coming to Paris
Each summer Paris turns its river shore into temporary beaches. And this year some lucky Parisians will be able to cast off from river beach as part of a floating cinema experience.
- Mom write children's book about bubbles to explain social distancing to kids
(Good Morning America)
‘Billie and the Brilliant Bubble: Social Distancing for Children’ helps make kids aware of being safe during a pandemic without making them scared.
- A stunning phenomenon: Rare, red rainbow spotted in Finland
Impossible as it may seem, a red rainbow was recently sighted by a fisherman in Europe.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.