The TAPS Daily - July 28, 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.
- $29 Billion in Military Funding Tucked Inside Proposed Coronavirus Relief Package
The proposal contains $29 billion in funding for the Pentagon overall and would reimburse defense companies for coronavirus-related expenditures.
- Guard officer said violence against White House protesters upset troops on support mission
A National Guardsman testified Tuesday military members were left upset and confused by the violent force used on June 1 to clear an area near White House ahead of a presidential photo op.
- Attorney General William Barr testifies before House Judiciary Committee
Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the Justice Department's conduct in recent matters including use of force on protestors.
- Fauci rebukes Trump’s renewed push for ineffective COVID-19 treatment
Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed dubious medical claims President Trump tweeted and vowed to continue his role as the country’s top infectious disease expert despite attacks from White House.
- Buffalo Soldiers Day: How Black soldiers laid the foundation for equality in America
July 28, 1866, is the day the first regular Army regiments made up of all African American soldiers were formed. They would be known as Buffalo Soldiers.
- At 88, this Army veteran is a historical rarity — the living son of a slave
(Stars & Stripes)
As unlikely as it might seem, at 88-years old Army veteran Daniel Smith is a member of an almost vanished demographic: The child of an enslaved African American.
- Killer whale who grieved for 17 days carrying her dead calf is pregnant again
Two years ago, the world watched with a heavy heart as a mother orca carried along her dead new-born for more than two weeks. Now, that same orca is pregnant again.
TAPS In the News
- Garnet Hathaway Named Capitals Nominee for King Clancy Memorial Trophy
Washington Capitals star Garnet Hathaway is a nominee for NHL award recognizing his leadership qualities and humanitarian contribution to the community, including his work with TAPS.
- Building a Stronger Bond — How a Mother- and Daughter-in-law Relationship Grew in Grief
For Parents’ Day, TAPS asked survivors Nicki and Laurie Turner to share what makes their special mother/daughter-in-law relationship work.
- 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
- Military Stolen Valor Cases on the Rise, Investigators Say
Investigators at the National Archives have made their research resources more available to deal with uptick in "stolen valor" cases to obtain benefits or loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ruling on major GI Bill benefits case won't come in time for fall classes
Student veterans hoping for resolution in a court case which could open an extra year of GI Bill education benefits won’t get any resolution before the start of the fall semester.
- Senators seek answers from Navy on human trafficking by sailors in Bahrain
U.S. senators are calling on the Navy Secretary to provide answers regarding what the service is doing about human trafficking involving U.S. sailors stationed on the island nation of Bahrain.
- ‘Harassed’ by German tax offices, more U.S. military families face financial threats
(Stars & Stripes)
Service members who already pay U.S. taxes in some cases face being charged tens of thousands of dollars in German taxes too.
- VA Doctor Didn't Care if Veteran Died. He Killed Himself.
A report from the VA Inspector General details multiple failings at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center leading up to the suicide death of a veteran who had sought treatment there.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Pandemic's disruption to grieving process could have lasting effects
The nature of the coronavirus has interrupted many rituals of mourning, from visiting the bedsides of the dying to holding funerals. That could lead to mental health impacts down the line.
- Video: "I'm Losing Him Before He's Gone" - Coping With Anticipatory Grief
Strategies to support yourself or someone else anticipating the death of an ill loved one.
- Anxiety Can Be a Sign of Complicated Grief
Aside from denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, the mental health community recognizes anxiety as another stage you may experience during the grieving process.
- These women's coronavirus symptoms haven't gone away. Doctors say it's 'just anxiety.'
Many coronavirus survivors, particularly women, are dealing with debilitating symptoms that won’t go away and doctors who tell them the issue might be all in their heads.
- 5 Resources to Help Military Spouse Mental Health During a PCS
Resources to help with mental health effects caused by stress from frequent moves.
- Military health officials pivoted to help attack COVID-19
The military medical system has been in a unique position to respond to the urgency of COVID-19 on a number of fronts, defense health officials said.
- Military Medical Teams Arrive at Two Los Angeles County Hospitals
Medical professionals from the military have arrived in Los Angeles County to reinforce the ranks of two hospitals battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Some arriving students at Naval Academy prep school test positive for COVID-19
(Stars & Stripes)
Some of the new students at the Naval Academy Preparatory School tested positive for COVID-19 after they arrived for the new 10-month course, according to a school official.
- Toxic chemicals found in air sampling from Bohomme Richard fire
Toxic chemicals were present in the smoke from the amphibious assault ship Bonhamme Richard fire in San Diego, according to a new report.
- Eye of the storm: Airmen fly through year's first Pacific hurricane
(Air Force Times)
Air crews from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew five missions into Hurricane Douglas between Friday and Monday, the wing said in a release.
- With The Wind: Former Nike Athlete Joins the Military and Shares His Journey
(We Are The Mighty)
When Sam Chelanga retired as a Nike sponsored professional runner to join the Army, many could not believe such a successful athlete would leave to become a soldier.
- Sailor dies after being struck by driver on Sicilian road
(Stars & Stripes)
A sailor assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella in Italy died Sunday after being hit by a vehicle while crossing a road near the Sicilian city of Catania, the Navy said.
- More than 2,000 Veterans Affairs patients have now died from coronavirus
More than 2,040 VA patients have died from complications related to coronavirus since early March. That total translates into about 17 patient deaths a day for the last four months.
- Vietnam vet gets pepper-sprayed in face by fed officer during Portland protests
(Stars & Stripes)
A now-viral video captured shows camouflaged federal officers in Portland shooting pepper spray directly into the face of a 75-year old Vietnam veteran.
- Grateful Marine veteran helping Afghan translator stymied by travel disruption get to America
(Stars & Stripes)
A Marine veteran has raised more than $5,000 to help a translator who saved U.S. troops in Afghanistan come to America.
- Demand soars for veterans' crafting kits amid COVID-19
To cope with stress and anxiety during the pandemic, some veterans are turning to what some may consider an unlikely source of comfort: crafting kits.
- Private homeschooling groups, aka "pandemic pods", gain popularity, but who gets left behind?
“Pandemic pods" have caught on for those with the resources to hire a private shared instructor for their kids. But the "pay to pod" structure could leave the economically disadvantaged behind.
- Demand Surges For See-Through Face Masks As Pandemic Swells
For many people who rely on nonverbal cues, being able to see who they’re talking to is fundamental to how we communicate and connect.
- Couple Married for 46 Years Beat COVID-Cancer-Chemo Crisis And Return Home
(Good News Network)
One couple’s love and commitment through impossible-to-imagine circumstances gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘to have and to hold in sickness and in health’
- Pay It Forward - The man in the chair is Mr. Earl
(Pay It Forward Effect)
Mr. Earl gets his haircut weekly at the barber by his assisted living home. He doesn’t know the barber hasn’t charged him for the service in over five years.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.