The TAPS Daily - July 27, 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.
- National Guardsman: Removing protesters from Lafayette Square was an 'unprovoked escalation'
A National Guard official will testify that removing demonstrators near the White House on June 1 was an "unprovoked escalation" by U.S. Park Police against protesters "engaged in peaceful expression of First Amendment rights."
- Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Honored At Capitol Hill Ceremony
John Lewis, the civil rights icon and late congressman from Georgia who represented Atlanta for more than three decades, is being honored during his final visit to the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
- ‘It shook me’ — Soldier returns from fifth deployment to a changed America
(Task & Purpose)
After a fifth tour of duty this Sergeant Major returned to a pandemic-affected nation in which face masks and social distancing are part of daily life. It’s made transitioning even harder.
- Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien tests positive for coronavirus
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus with mild symptoms and has been self-isolating.
- Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak is MLB's worst nightmare
The league is grappling with a widespread COVID-19 outbreak on the Miami Marlins.
- Study identifies six different "types" of COVID-19
A new study of COVID-19, based on data from a symptom tracker app, determined that there are six distinct "types" of the disease involving different clusters of symptoms.
- What it was like to survive the infamous sinking of the USS Indianapolis 75 years ago
(Task & Purpose)
75 years ago the USS Indianapolis undertook a mission so secret it meant no one knew for days a torpedo sank the ship leaving almost 900 Sailors adrift in shark infested waters. Only 319 lived.
TAPS In the News
- 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
- Mayors want limits on U.S. agents, but more may go to Portland
The mayors of six U.S. cities appealed to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents to cities that don’t want them.
- Soldier's 'very preventable death' prompts amendment ordering review of MedEvac services
A House amendment to the defense bill would require DoD to examine emergency medical services at its bases, following the “very preventable death” of a 20-year-old U.S. soldier.
- Will feds receive hazard pay during COVID-19?
Two efforts currently underway could guarantee hazard pay for federal employees required to work with the public or in crowded offices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Better-Fitting Prosthetics for Female Veterans Funded in $241 Billion VA Proposal
A $241 billion funding bill passed by the House requires VA to buy prosthetics designed to fit women veterans and conduct research on medical devices more suitable for their frame.
- Lawmakers in Congress Oppose Transgender Troop Ban
The military's transgender ban treats service members as 'second class citizens,' lawmakers say.
- Congress Approves Rural Mental Health Bill as Part of Defense Authorization Legislation
(Farm Bureau News)
Congress recently passed a measure in the national defense bill designed to help farmers respond to stress and decrease the stigma associated with mental health care in rural communities.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Boys may be hiding their feelings less amid the coronavirus pandemic
The pandemic has meant kids are missing out on positive aspects of socialization at school but for some boys it’s also meant a reprieve from societal pressures to suppress their emotions.
- Tips for boosting your child's mental health during COVID-19
(Good Morning America)
While experts are still learning about how the pandemic could affect children's long-term mental health, they have tips for parents on supporting their children during these unprecedented times.
- How Solitude Can Help You Regulate Your Mood
This year has given many of us a whole new understanding of solitude — whether we wanted it or not -- but there are potential benefits to being alone at times.
- How COVID-19 impacts sexual and gender minorities
The health disparities regularly experienced by sexual and gender minorities also leave members of these communities vulnerable to physical and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
- COVID-19 pandemic leaves pregnant women feeling isolated, 'invisible'
Pregnancy during a pandemic is definitely not what you expect when you're expecting. "There is a real sense of isolation, loneliness, and grieving around the whole process."
- More military bases increase health protections due to virus
The U.S. military has increased health protection requirements in recent weeks as the COVID-19 rate continues to spike among service members, more than doubling in the last month.
- Navy Reserve surgeon back from month of COVID-19 work in New York
Dr. Sara Hartsaw still struggles to process what she saw in April while assigned to a temporary field hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in New York City.
- Sailor collapses from heat and dehydration while serving with Rep. John Lewis’ honor guard
(Task & Purpose)
A sailor serving with the honor guard for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), collapsed on Monday while the Congressman and Civil Rights icon arrived in the Capitol Rotunda to lie in state.
- After the U.S. Navy's Bonhomme Richard catastrophe, a far-reaching crackdown on fire safety
Navy leadership is telling sailors and contractors to put fire safety at the center of their work in the wake of a catastrophic fire aboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard.
- Veterans turning more toward teleheath for VA care
Walk-in health care options remain for veterans, but they’re the path far less traveled as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
- Back from the Brink: 4 Veterans Who Beat COVID-19 Tell Their Stories
All four veterans are over age 65 and have underlying conditions that may have made them more susceptible to COVID-19.
- See the 'Wall of Vets' on the frontlines of the Portland protests
As protests in Portland, Oregon continue, a "Wall of Veterans" has formed meant to protect protestors from federal law enforcement officers.
- Air Force Veteran Killed in Austin Protest Remembered for Devotion to Fiancée, Racial Justice
An Air Force veteran shot and killed at a local protest for racial justice was also a primary caregiver for his fiancee, a quadruple amputee.
- Navy Veteran Regis Philbin, Legendary Television Personality, Dies at 88
Regis Philbin, the genial host who shared his life with television viewers over morning coffee for decades and ‘enriched’ lives on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” has died at 88.
Military Family News
- Family reunited with WWI veteran's flag
A 70-year-old flag belonging to a World War I veteran was presented to his family this weekend at a special ceremony in Pennsylvania..
- Florida boy reunited with stuffed toy adoption gift left behind at airport
A 6-year-old Florida boy has been reunited with his stuffed toy puppy, thanks to staff at the Cincinnati airport and a Facebook post that reached 1.5 million people.
- Dad Discovers Why His Daughter Has Been So Excited To Check The Mail Every Day
A father shared a heartwarming photo after discovering why his daughter is excited to check the mail during quarantine and it’s making us all even more grateful for our essential workers.
- COVID-19 Denied Mecca Pilgrimage, So An American Muslim Made A Drive-Thru Version
A woman built her own Mecca right in Maryland when coronavirus prevented her and other local Muslims from making the annual pilgrimage to the Islamic holy site in Saudi Arabia.
- Hanes Equipping Homeless With 1 Million Masks to Ensure Access To Essential Businesses
(Good News Network)
Hanes basic apparel is donating 1,000,000 coverings to homeless communities across the country to help protect them—and others—from the spread of COVID-19.
- NASA-Designed Perfume Gives You The Smell Of Outer Space – Without Leaving Orbit
(Good News Network)
The smell of space is so distinct that NASA had it re-created for its training simulations and now production of it to the public will raise money for STEM research.
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