The TAPS Daily - July 24, 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.
- Updated CDC guidance says self-isolate for 10 days after positive COVID-19 test
New CDC guidance says those with COVID-19 should self isolate for 10 days and do not need to have two negative tests in order to end isolation.
- Army Specialist Jose Juan Melendez's Death Remains Unsolved
The family of Army Specialist Jose Juan Melendez’s are still looking for answers in his unsolved murder. Through their grief journey, the family has been supported by TAPS.
- Late Rep. John Lewis To Lie In State At U.S. Capitol
The civil rights legend will be among only a handful of Americans — and the second Black lawmaker — to be honored in this way.
- Trump awards medal of freedom to former congressman, Olympian Jim Ryun
President Trump on Friday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former congressman and decorated runner Jim Ryun during a White House ceremony.
- As Zoos Cautiously Reopen, Humans Are Excited, Big Cats Seem Ambivalent
As zoos across the country start to reopen, one curator says certain animals seem to have missed having people around — but not the cats.
- COVID-19 can be a prolonged illness, even for young adults, CDC report says
The CDC acknowledged a significant number of COVID-19 cases can result in prolonged illness even among persons with milder symptoms that can linger for months.
TAPS In the News
- The Love Work Virtual Women's Empowerment Retreat
Surviving women whose loss occurred more than 3 years ago are invited to "The Love Work" virtual Women's Empowerment (WE) retreat.
- We're All in This Together - COVID-19 Resources for American Public
Resources and support to help anyone facing the impacts of COVID-19.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Upcoming Events
Check out the growing list of available events in 2020 hosted by TAPS.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Congressional staff member for Rep. Vern Buchanan dies of COVID-19
A staff member for Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, died of COVID-19 in a Florida hospital, the congressman announced in a statement released Friday.
- Senate Passes $740 Billion Defense Policy Bill with Troop Pay Raise
In an 86-14 vote, the Senate passed its version of the defense authorization bill which includes a pay raise for troops and hazardous duty pay for COVID-19 pandemic response mission.
- House passes largest VA budget ever, but partisan fights threaten its future
House lawmakers advanced the largest budget in Veterans Affairs history, but the spending package faces an uncertain future in the Senate and tougher odds if it reaches the White House.
- ‘A Profoundly Un-American Attack On Civil Society’
Deployment of a clandestine federal police force, answerable only to the president, is manifestly unconstitutional.
- Veterans Affairs Police Body Cameras in Congress Bill
Department of Veterans Affairs police would be required to use body cameras and significantly increase conflict resolution training under a bill introduced in Congress July 24.
- Effort to Change VA Motto Triggers Heated Exchange in Hearing
The VA outlined steps aimed at "changing the culture" of the agency to curb sexual harassment of employees and patients, but drew the line at changing the agency's motto.
- Speier Bill to Address Military Intimate Partner Violence
New legislation would create a system of "Military Court Protective Orders" that would comply with the Violence Against Women Act in order to better protect domestic violence survivors.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Happy International Self-Care Day! Here are 5 ways to practice self-care for free
(Good Morning America)
Today is International Self-Care Day and amid a global coronavirus pandemic ensuring our own well-being seems to be needed today more than ever.
- Why Rest and Recovery Is More Important Than Ever Right Now
When a public health crisis, economic uncertainty, and civil unrest converge, taking care of our well-being is essential.
- Coronavirus Seems to Spare Most Kids From Illness, but Effect on Mental Health Is Deepening
If COVID-19 is sparing most kids’ bodies, it’s not being so kind to their minds. Nobody is immune to the stress that comes with a pandemic and related quarantining.
- Kim Kardashian helps break mental illness stigma
In a powerful message, Kim Kardashian pleads for empathy and compassion on behalf of her husband, others struggling with mental health issues.
- Marine Assigned to Trump's Helicopter Squadron Tests Positive for Coronavirus
A Marine assigned to President Donald Trump's helicopter squadron has tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
- Pandemic May Force Army to Close Pathfinder School, Relocate Others
The Army may close or drastically alter its Pathfinder School at Fort Benning as part of a sweeping review of all service schools operating in the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Navy Helicopter Accidentally Drops Anti-Mine Pod Near the Chesapeake Bay
The Navy has recovered a $2 million anti-mine pod inadvertently dropped by one of its helicopters this month off the coast of Virginia, near the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.
- Here's the history behind 'Reveille'
(We Are The Mighty)
The motivation behind the "Reveille" tune isn't to just wake us up, but instead is to remind us of those who have served in remembrance.
- Black, Hispanic Veterans Nearly Half of VA COVID-19 Cases
Black and Hispanic veterans make up nearly half of all VA patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus, though they only comprise about 23% of all VA patients.
- Fourth lawsuit filed in VA hospital deaths in West Virginia
A fourth lawsuit has been filed involving the sudden deaths of patients at a West Virginia veterans hospital where a former nursing assistant admitted giving them wrongful insulin injections.
Military Family News
- 2020 class of Dole Caregiver Fellows named
(We Are The Mighty)
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation named its newest class of fellows who will represent caregivers at a time plagued by the coronavirus.
- Robert E. Lee high school in Virginia to be renamed for late Rep. John Lewis
A high school in one of the nation’s largest school districts named after Confederate war general Robert E. Lee is to be renamed to honor the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.
- COVID-19 Chaos Delays 'Top Gun: Maverick' to July 2021
Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have given up on 2020 and moved the release date for "Top Gun: Maverick" to July 3, 2021.
- After COVID Cancels All Flights, One Man Sailed Across Atlantic to Reach 90-Year-old Father
(Good News Network)
With international passenger flights nixed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Juan Manuel Ballestero embarked on an epic 85-day, solo trans-Atlantic voyage from Argentina to Portugal.
- Tropical storm Hanna approaches Texas, Hurricane Douglas to hit Hawaii
Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Douglas continued to churn toward U.S. shores Friday, Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo was taking aim on the Caribbean.
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