The TAPS Daily - July 20, 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.
- Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and `American hero'
John Robert Lewis was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists and a lifelong servant to bridging the racial divides of this nation.
- Some Gold Star orphans left without any military assistance under current benefits rules
TAPS leaders have partnered with Rep. Dean Phillips, D-MN, and Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN to add a provision in the annual defense authorization bill mandating military officials provide some transition assistance to Gold Star children who are orphaned after deaths of both parents to ensure another tragedy doesn’t block them from receiving family military benefits.
- Coronavirus updates: Florida has 53 hospitals with no ICU beds
The Sunshine State now has over 360,000 cases while the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 140,541 deaths.
- Administration seeks to zero out CDC, NIH funding in coronavirus relief bill
Sources report the Trump administration is trying to block vital funding for tests and contact tracing in a federal Republican relief bill.
- WHO applauds Oxford coronavirus vaccine data: 'It is good news'
A coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford appears safe and effective.
- Washington's Marine Corps Marathon is canceled for the first time
(Stars & Stripes)
Organizers canceled the Marine Corps Marathon for the first time in history due to uncertainties of COVID-19 pandemic. Team TAPS originated in the MCM 20 years ago.
- They depended on their parents for everything, then the virus took both
(Stars & Stripes)
Their family escaped Iraq eight years ago only to be shattered by COVID-19 in America.
- 5 Resources for Parenting in a Pandemic: Fall Edition
As school year approaches here are resources to make things a bit easier during the pandemic.
- A Navy vet asked federal officers in Portland to remember their oaths. Then they broke his hand.
A 53-year old Navy veteran went to the Portland protest with a question. He left with two broken bones in a confrontation with federal officers that went viral.
TAPS In the News
- Loving Again After the Loss of an Intimate Partner
Finding love after an intimate partner’s death can be a joyous experience for those ready.
- 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
- House Unanimously Passes Three Bipartisan Bills For Veterans Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
The House of Representatives unanimously passed 3 bipartisan bills that would improve housing assistance for disabled veterans and strengthen lease protections for servicemembers.
- Coronavirus stimulus: Congress tries to pass pandemic relief bill
Congress begins talks on the next coronavirus relief bill. Lawmakers face pressure to pass legislation before the end of the month when unemployment insurance benefit is set to expire.
- Legislators Move to Stop VA from Using Dogs for Most Medical Research
House appropriators advanced a bill that would largely prohibit the VA from using dogs for medical research.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Teen With Down Syndrome Shares Powerful Moment By Mom's Grave Before Graduation
It’s been a trying year for all of us, but for PJ Marshall of Louisiana, it’s still worth celebrating.
- Why It's So Important to Understand Grief During Coronavirus
It's normal to be experiencing grief during the coronavirus pandemic—even if you haven't lost someone to the virus. Here why and how to process your emotions.
- Chris Cornell's Daughter, Lily, Debuts New IGTV Show 'Mind Wide Open'
Lily Cornell Silver’s Mind Wide Open premieres Monday, July 20th, and aims to “help destigmatize the conversation around mental health.”
- Want to Beat Anxiety and Feel Better Right Now? Scientists Say Follow the '45-Minute Rule'
Study shows negative emotions were appreciably less prevalent when participants engaged in "45 minutes of vigorous physical activity every day."
- How to Help Kids Cope With Situational Anxiety
The COVID pandemic coupled with social unrest is generating anxiety in youth.
- Your 'Doomscrolling' Breeds Anxiety. Here's How To Stop The Cycle
"Doomscrolling," has emerged as a new slang term to describe the practice of endlessly consuming doom-and-gloom news.
- What “Self-Care” Means Right Now, According To Experts
As we learn our current iteration of “new normal,” we need modes of refocusing on our wellbeing more than ever.
- More than 20,000 troops have contracted COVID-19, as numbers continue to rise
Coronavirus cases are up more than 20 percent in service members this week, to 20,212, as the military’s battle against the pandemic continues.
- Sailors Test Positive for COVID-19 After Sharing Firefighting Gear at San Diego Ship Fire
At least two sailors from the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego tested positive for COVID-19 after fighting the fire onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, the Navy said Friday.
- 'I Don't Care What The Military Says:' Trump Rejects Renaming Fort Bragg
President Donald Trump singled out Fort Bragg in restating his opposition to renaming Army posts named for generals and leaders of the Confederacy during a FOX News interview.
- Number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan drops to 8,600 as Taliban make big changes
When the U.S. signed the deal with the Taliban on February 29 it was touted as Afghanistan’s best chance at peace in four decades and for ending America’s longest war.
- German Governors Urge Congress to Stop Troop Withdrawal Plan
The governors of four German states home to U.S. military facilities are urging members of Congress to force President Donald Trump to back down from plans to withdraw troops.
- VA coronavirus cases top 6,000 over the weekend, but hospitalizations remain low
Veterans Affairs officials continue to see a steep rise in the number of active coronavirus cases within their system but no such jump in the number of patients needing critical care.
- Lawsuit: Suicidal Soldier Wrongly Arrested, Lawyers Failed to Defend Him
A former Army sergeant alleges in a lawsuit that he was jailed for almost three years for crimes he did not commit after his call to suicide prevention lifeline led to police response.
- Service members landed on the moon 51 years ago today
Fifty-one years ago today, Apollo 11 astronauts made history by landing on the moon.
- Preserving the legacy of Veterans buried in unmarked graves
(We Are The Mighty)
Local community researchers work to preserve the legacy of veterans in unmarked gravesites.
- ‘I never thought it would happen.’ Korean War vet graduates high school at age 87
Ed Sanders dropped out of high school in 1952 and joined the U.S. Air Force to become a pilot during the Korean War. 68 years later he finally received his diploma.
- Watch Zoo Penguins Delight in Their New Bubble Maker – a Gift From Staff During Quarantine
(Good News Network)
These penguins have an adorable new form of entertainment to pass time in quarantine.
- 19 Reasons Why There's Absolutely No Excuse Not To Wear A Mask If You Can
If these folks can wear a mask in their circumstances, there's no reason you can't too.
- 6 Tips for the 2020 Hurricane Season
Tips to prepare for hurricane season during "challenging times" we're all sick of hearing about.
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