The TAPS Daily - July 23, 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.


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Today's Highlights

 

  1. Congressional Veterans’ Affairs Leadership Introduce Bill to Expand Benefits for National Guard Members Responding to COVID-19
    (Senate.gov)
    U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jon Tester (D-MT), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC), along with Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA) and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), chairman and ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC), introduced the COVID-19 Benefits for Active Duty Servicemembers, the Reserve Components, and their Survivors Act of 2020 that would expand survivor benefits for members of the National Guard who are activated under federal orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TAPS is grateful to Senators Moran and Tester, and Representatives Takano and Roe for introducing this important legislation.
  2. U.S. hits 4 million coronavirus cases
    (CBS)
    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 4 million on Thursday; a steady increase fueled by surges since states started reopening.
  3. COVID-19 DoD Cases Has Increased 85 Percent in July
    (Connecting Vets)
    From April through June, DoD  reported 17,116 cases of COVID-19 across the force. In July alone, the Pentagon reported another 14,657 cases -- a more than 85 percent increase.
  4. Opening day amid virus: Masks, empty parks, social justice
    (AP)
    Opening day, at last. A baseball season that was on the brink before it ever began because of the virus outbreak is set to start Thursday night.
  5. Why COVID-19 Testing Delays Are a Huge Problem
    (Time)
    People across the country are reporting lags of at least a week, and sometimes much longer, while awaiting their COVID-19 test results.
  6. Veterans wrongly denied benefits during pandemic
    (NBC Local)
    Internal VA records reveal approximately 20,000 benefits claims may have been improperly denied due to appointments cancelled during the COVID-19 crisis.
  7. How Long Does COVID-19 Immunity Last After Recovering?
    (NPR)
    Researchers have been investigating how long antibodies to the coronavirus last in people who have recovered from infections.
  8. Facing Grief During A Pandemic
    (TAPS)
    Where can one escape grief when there is a stay at home order? Surviving spouse found her healing journey involved picking up a pen and paper.
  9. Video captures moment Pizza Hut delivery driver was left stunned by $100 tip
    (Today)
    A thoughtful recognition for an everyday hero during this pandemic shows the importance and impact of such kind gestures when so many Americans are struggling.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Mental Health / Wellness

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

  • Veteran rebuilt life with assistance from SSVF
    (VA.gov)
    The VA is awarding nearly $400 million in grants through a program that helps thousands of veteran families access crucial services and resources that lead to secure permanent housing.

 

Survivor News

Military Family News

 

TAPS In the News

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