The TAPS Daily - July 17, 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.
- Military Nears 19,000 Coronavirus Cases as Several Bases Reinstate Travel Restrictions
The number of COVID-19 cases among troops now stands at 18,968 according to the Pentagon.
- Military Sends Help to Overwhelmed California Hospitals
Teams of military doctors, nurses and other health care specialists are being deployed to eight California hospitals facing staffing shortages amid a record-breaking surge of coronavirus cases.
- Retail CEOs: Enough is enough. It's time for all U.S. governors to require masks in stores
21 CEOs of major U.S. retailers request state governors do their part to prioritize health and safety by requiring store patrons to wear masks as part of collective ability to defeat COVID-19.
- On the front lines of COVID response, this agency makes safety paramount
Officers in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps are deployed throughout the government to combat COVID-19.
- Stress rises for unemployed as extra $600 benefit nears end
A major source of income for roughly 30 million unemployed people is set to end, threatening their ability to meet rent and pay bills and potentially undercutting the fragile economic recovery.
- Captain Tom Moore knighted by Queen after raising millions to help during COVID-19
Queen Elizabeth II knighted 100-year-old World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, who became a national celebrity by raising millions for the UK's National Health Service (NHS).
- Celebrities hail 6-year-old as a hero after aunt says he saved his sister from a dog attack
A story about a heroic 6-year-old from Wyoming has gone viral after he saved his little sister from a gruesome dog attack.
- Brides Across America donating wedding gowns to health care workers
A nonprofit focused on helping military personnel with their wedding plans has begun donating bridal gowns to frontline healthcare workers as well in recognition of their COVID-19 efforts.
TAPS In the News
- 'TAPStoo' Tells the Story of the Families Left Behind
TAPS Military Mentor tells the story of TAPS kids and loved ones they’ve lost through his tattoos.
- 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
- Pentagon Bans Confederate Flag on Military Bases Without Mentioning It by Name
Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed a policy specifying the flags cleared to be displayed publicly on military installations. The Confederate flag is not on the list.
- Vanessa Guillen Family Will Meet with Trump, Introduce Bill
Spc. Vanessa Guillen's family was invited to meet with President Donald Trump and have announced plans to introduce a bill in Congress in her honor.
- Lawmakers Want Medals, Not Certificates, to Honor Veterans Involved in Nuclear Testing
On this 75th anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test, the House Armed Services Committee is working to recognize veterans who participated in nuclear development and testing.
- Army vet steps down from congressional committees amid voter fraud charges
Representative Steve Watkins, R-Kansas, of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee stepped down from that panel on Friday amid charges of voter fraud and lying to law enforcement.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Healthcare Workers Talk About Mental Health During COVID-19
The coronavirus has shined a long, overdue light on what frontline healthcare workers deal with during every single shift and the conversation about the amazing work they do shouldn't end.
- Psychiatrist offers tips for navigating pandemic anxiety, reminding others to wear a mask
There is little question that a majority of the public is experiencing quarantine fatigue but simultaneously has mixed feelings about going out in public and returning to normal too soon.
- What to Know About Emotional Stress, Including Warning Signs and Coping Techniques
You're never going to be completely stress-free—here's how to manage it.
- It's Time to Reduce Stress With Some Virtual Forest Bathing
There’s no way to fully replicate immersing yourself in nature from home. But you may find that photos, videos, or a live guided walk still help you to connect with nature during quarantine.
- People are floating to relieve stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
(The Denver Channel)
Floating can help people who live with anxiety, PTSD, high blood pressure and insomnia among many other things.
- A Relationship With A Narcissist Can Cause Lifelong Trauma
(Mind Body Green)
As a psychologist who works with survivors of narcissistic abuse regularly, I've seen the way a past relationship with a narcissist can haunt someone and hold them back considerably.
- Positive coronavirus tests grounds Thunderbirds ahead of Wyoming show
(Air Force Times)
Coronavirus among U.S. Air Force personnel has grounded the Thunderbirds.
- Coronavirus Pandemic Proves the Need for a Bigger Force, Army Secretary Says
As soldiers are once again called on to respond to the coronavirus crisis, the Army's top civilian leader said the pandemic proves the need for a bigger force.
- All Fires on the Bonhomme Richard Are Now Out, Navy Says
Firefighters have extinguished all known blazes on the Navy amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard after four-plus days of round-the-clock efforts.
- Foster Kid Becomes a National Guard Officer
It took a long time to get to this moment but after years of abuse and trauma this new military officer finally fulfilled her dream.
- Help World War II hero and former Senator Bob Dole celebrate his 97th birthday
TAPS friends, Senator Bob Dole, and his wife, Senator Elizabeth Dole, are jointly celebrating birthdays this month and you’re invited to help celebrate with the Dole Foundation.
- The last surviving head of state to serve during WWII is … Queen Elizabeth
(We Are The Mighty)
Queen Elizabeth II is Britain's longest reigning monarch. However, she was breaking barriers even before the crown became hers as an active duty member of the British Armed Forces.
- This Family Helping 94-Yr-Old Veteran Down Waterslide Is Too Pure For This World
When a 94-year-old Army Air Corps veteran made a special request at a recent backyard pool party, his relatives rushed to make his wish come true!
- Retired Army Master Sergeant Gets Heroism Medal for Stopping Shooter on Kansas Bridge
The retired soldier who was hailed as a hero after taking down a gunman who opened fire at people stopped in their vehicles on a bridge in May was awarded for his actions this week.
Military Family News
- Family of Murdered Fort Bragg Paratrooper Seeks Answers
The family of an 82nd Airborne soldier said the Army is working hard on investigation into his death but stated there are inconsistencies in what is known.
- Parents of slain female airman demand military reform culture
(Task & Purpose)
The family of a murdered airman say her death illustrates why the military needs to change how it treats enlisted women.
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