The TAPS Daily - July 21, 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.
- Study says actual number of COVID-19 cases is far greater than thought
The number of people who have had COVID-19 is much greater than the official case count, according to data analysis released by the CDC.
- Concerns about federal agents wearing military camo raised by DoD in after-action review
DoD has raised concerns that federal agents are identifying themselves and dressing in ways that will confuse the public and misattribute actions to military personnel.
- Are seniors being put at risk if children return to school?
3.3 million senior Americans live with school-aged children. Reopening schools poses risk for them, especially minorities who are more likely to live in multi-generational households.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci To Throw First Pitch For Washington Nationals' Season Opener
The Washington Nationals, a teams4taps partner, announced Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day when baseball returns this Thursday.
- Veteran Status Left Out of Census Count
The U.S. Census does not collect veteran status. Without it though, organizations that focus on helping veterans find jobs and housing may not receive enough funding to support them.
- Meet the 8-year-old whose raised about $100,000 to help veterans and their families
Tyler Stallings was only 4-years-old when he first set out to help homeless veterans. Since then, he’s raised an estimated $100,000 and thousands of supplies for veterans and military families.
- Black Rifle Coffee Backs HunterSeven Toxic Exposure Research
In memory of veterans who died of toxic exposure, a major veteran-owned company is backing key, potentially life-saving research with HunterSeven, a TAPS partner.
TAPS In the News
- Observe Junk Food Day to Remember and Celebrate a Loved One
It’s amazing how memories and emotions can attach to objects such as someone’s favorite foods.
- 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
- Phillips Improves Support For Gold Star Military Families With Bipartisan Bill Amendment
Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced his bipartisan plan, coordinated with TAPS - The “Cheryl Lankford Memorial to Improve Assistance for Gold Star Spouses and Other Dependents” - has been added to the National Defense Authorization Act.
- Lawmakers Pass Amendments for Burn Pit Exposure, Cut Agent Orange Benefits Expansion
House lawmakers voted on amendments for the National Defense Authorization Act approving those for veterans with toxic burn pit exposure but nixing expansion for Agent Orange exposure.
- Service Members Stuck by Travel Ban to Get Lease Relief Under New Law
An amendment to law will allow service members to end residential leases they've entered into at a new location if they are affected by the Pentagon's stop movement order
- Specially Adaptive Housing Bill for Veterans to Become Law
New legislation will make homeownership easier for wounded veterans.
- Congress approves bill giving federal support to veterans treatment courts
A bill that would help give a second chance to veterans who’ve committed nonviolent crimes has moved to the president’s office to be signed into law.
- Proposed rule would protect feds' health benefits during a shutdown
Federal employees might soon have greater protections against a loss in health benefits by designating them as “emergency services” during a lapse in appropriations.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- ER docs face anxiety, stress amid coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has left many U.S. emergency doctors with high levels of anxiety and emotional exhaustion, a new study finds.
- How VA encourages providers to care for their own mental health
VA helps employees, especially frontline health care providers, focus on their mental health during this challenging time.
- We want to hear about those you've lost
CNN is honoring people who have died from COVID-19. If you've lost a family member to the virus, consider sharing their story.
- Grieving from home: the online community of mourners who listen to hear, not to fix
With UK charities facing “soaring demand” for grief counselling due to COVID-19, many mourners are turning to each other for support online.
- Your Health Matters: Latinos are struggling with mental health amid COVID-19
Latinos, just like everyone else, were dealing with anxiety and depression issues even before the pandemic hit. But most do not get professional mental health care.
- How Pandemic Has Affected Mental Health Of LGBTQ Youth In The U.S.
The Trevor Project shares survey on the mental health of LGBTQ youth during COVID-19.
- Neighbor’s Daily Street Exercise Classes Bring Community Together
Quarantine is hard but one neighborhood community is keeping everyone connected and reducing stress with group led, socially distanced exercise.
- Dozens of sailors arrive in Texas to support COVID-19 response
Sailors deployed from Florida to Texas to support COVID-19 response in civilian hospitals.
- Data shows large drop in Army’s domestic abuse reports during pandemic
Army data shows a significant drop in reported incidents of domestic abuse during early months of the coronavirus pandemic forced many people to shelter in their homes to limit viral spread.
- Daughter of Coast Guard's Top Enlisted Leader Awarded Lifesaving Medal for Water Rescue
A petty officer became only the second female Coast Guard member to receive the Silver Lifesaving Medal, given to those who rescue another from peril in the water.
- Soldier convicted of negligently killing West Point cadet in vehicle rollover incident
A soldier was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to 3 years confinement in relation to the vehicle rollover that killed 1 West Point cadet and injured 21 military personnel.
- Fort Hood soldier’s death under police investigation
The death of a soldier assigned to Fort Hood is being investigated by local law enforcement. The Army post has been rocked by a string of recent deaths in which foul play has been involved.
- Former Army Medic Gets Second Silver Star Over 50 Years After Saving 10 in Vietnam
A Vietnam veteran has received his second Silver Star more than five decades after he earned it in a fierce battle at an enemy base camp, where he saved the lives of 10 other soldiers.
- 'Ring-a-Ding:' How a Cat Saved an Army Veteran's Life
An 84-year-old Army veteran who lived alone until he adopted a cat named Fluffy a few months back. He had no idea that his new pet would one day save his life.
- Best friends given 2% survival rate at birth beat odds and walk graduation stage together
(FOX 5 DC)
A proud dad’s post celebrating his son and son’s friend went viral this week as the two best pals beat a 2% chance of survival at birth to graduate high school together.
- Trench Fever, a Rare World War I Condition, Found Among Denver Homeless
Public health officials are trying to find a common thread among four cases of Trench Fever identified so far in Colorado.
- Amazon Driver Delivers Package To Man With Cancer, Returns With Card And Flowers
An Amazon delivery driver left a South Carolina couple a very special delivery.
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