The TAPS Daily - July 22, 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.
- Silent spread of virus keeps scientists grasping for clues
If people who appear healthy can transmit the COVID-19 virus, researchers say it may be impossible to contain.
- 1,000 people died of COVID-19 in 1 day. Now U.S. on track to hit 1 million new cases in 2 weeks
The U.S. is heading in the wrong direction with COVID-19 numbers, and with astonishing speed approaching 4 million confirmed cases.
- U.S. Disaster Response Scrambles To Protect People From Both Hurricanes And COVID-19
With peak hurricane season yet to come, southeast communities are grappling with uncertainty over whether it's possible to evacuate to shelters without risking coronavirus exposure.
- In Error, Tricare Tells 600,000 Beneficiaries They've Had COVID-19
More than 600,000 Tricare users in the military health system's East Region received emails Friday asking them to consider donating blood for research as "survivors of COVID-19."
- Possible 'Breakthrough' COVID-19 Treatment With Natural Protein Reduces Risks
(Good News Network)
An aerosol-based protein inhalant has been shown in trials to reduce the risk of death from COVID-19 and reduce the chance of developing serious symptoms by 79%.
- A Woman Has Been Confirmed as Commander of the Army Reserve for First Time in History
The Senate confirmed promotion of Maj. Gen. Jody Daniels to lieutenant general and assignment as chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command.
- Polar bears could disappear by 2100 due to melting ice, climate change
A study suggests polar bears are at risk of being starved into extinction by end of the century.
TAPS In the News
- Special requests: Gatlin Brothers offering fan-favorites live stream concert Saturday
The Gatlin Brothers have been hitting the road touring for decades and they’re continuing to do so, virtually, during COVID-19. The Gatlins are strong supporters for TAPS.
- 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
- Senate Approves New Agent Orange Presumptive Diseases, Tees Up House Showdown
The Senate’s passage of an Agent Orange measure rejected by the House sets up a debate over the issue when the two chambers reconcile differences in their versions of the defense bill.
- House defense bill strips Confederate base names, curbs president's powers in troop deployments
In a strong bipartisan vote, House lawmakers passed a plan for a defense bill, including restrictions on president’s war powers and requirements to rename bases honoring Confederate leaders.
- WH threatens defense bill veto over Confederate base names
The White House is threatening to veto a massive defense policy bill over a provision that would rename military bases such as Fort Bragg that are named after Confederate officers.
- Plan to discourage for-profit schools from targeting military students advances
In attempt to curb for-profit colleges’ targeting of military students, House lawmakers voted to reclassify how military tuition assistance is counted in funding formulas for federal aid.
- 1 in 4 Women Veterans, Staff Report Sexual Harassment at VA
Lawmakers wanted answers from VA after a Government Accountability report showed that one in four employees at the massive federal agency experienced sexual harassment.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Substance abuse can block veterans from getting mental health help, researchers warn
Post-9/11 veterans battling substance abuse issues struggle to receive help for mental health challenges, which can lead to a troubling cycle of both problems worsening.
- After newborn’s unexpected death, AF officer in San Antonio got another shock
(San Antonio Express-News)
A Pentagon policy cuts off a parent’s family leave with the death of a child, and this Air Force family’s loss of their newborn daughter last year led to efforts in Congress to change that.
- Coronavirus: Lockdown could lead to 'layered' mental health issues
People who did not access mental health support during lockdown could now be overwhelmed by "layered" issues, a consultant psychiatrist has warned.
- Is It Stress, Fear, or Anxiety? How to Know the Difference
Many people use the terms stress, anxiety, and fear interchangeably. They are not the same though and knowing the difference can help you cope better.
- Majority of States Ask for T32 Extension for COVID-19 Missions
At least 35 states and territories have asked the White House to extend authority to use the National Guard under federal Title 32 for COVID-19 missions beyond the August 21 deadline.
- 7 soldiers have died in the Fort Hood area this year
An Army private was found dead last week at a lake near Fort Hood marking the seventh non-combat related death of a soldier on or around the Texas Army base in the past year.
- Social Media Heroes: Afghan Teen, her Brother Fought Taliban
An Afghan teenager and her brother are being hailed as heroes on social media after reportedly fighting off Taliban militants who killed their parents during a firefight last week.
- U.S. Navy's top officer reveals grim details of the damage to Bonhomme Richard
A series of explosions and 1,200-degree inferno damaged 11 of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard’s decks, according to a summary by the U.S. Navy’s top officer.
- Goldfein hopes for 'gold-star transition' to next CSAF Brown
(Air Force Times)
With just a few weeks left in uniform, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein is preparing to hand the reins to his successor, Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown.
- U.S. service member dies in non-combat incident in Syria
(Task & Purpose)
A U.S. service member died in Syria on Tuesday in what appears to be a non-combat incident, officials have announced.
- The American diet now is a national security threat
Obesity has become the scourge of the U.S. military in recent years as service members across all branches struggle to pass muster on the fitness scale, both literally and figuratively.
- Army Ten-Miler goes virtual this year
The 36th running of the Army Ten-Miler will take place virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, race officials announced. The race is a major fundraiser for Team TAPS.
- ‘Father Soldier Son’ is brutally necessary window into lives of an Army family shaped by war
(Task & Purpose)
“Father Soldier Son” is the emotional result of a 10-year project which provides viewers with a painfully honest window into the life of a military family permanently changed by war.
- Report: Veterans home failed to protect residents from virus
A state-run veterans nursing home where 42 residents have died of COVID-19 failed to take steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state Health Department inspectors concluded.
- Be like Jim: No legs, no problem
(We Are The Mighty)
For many, the ravages of disease and age take their toll mentally as well as physically. One Vietnam veteran though has been determined to stay positive through the pain.
- Don't Work on Vacation. Seriously.
As the formal boundaries that separate work from non-work become even more blurred, employees may feel conflicted about what time is — and isn’t — meant for working.
- More Than One Million UK Citizens Have Quit Smoking During the COVID-19 Pandemic
(Good News Network)
A recent report shows that 41% of people in the UK who stopped smoking cigarettes in 2020 said it was a direct result of the pandemic.
- Teens Surprise Struggling Kids With “Kind Packs” Full Of School Supplies
Two high schoolers are spreading kindness during COVID-19 with bags full of school supplies, books, and even basic hygiene items for elementary schools and underserved communities.
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