The TAPS Daily - July 29, 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.
- Exclusive: Trump never raised Russia's Taliban bounties with Putin
President Donald Trump said he did not raise the issue of Russia paying bounties on U.S. troops with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week because it was, “fake news”.
- U.S. to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany in move that will cost billions and take years
The U.S. is to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany in a move that has attracted bipartisan congressional opposition and roiled key allies who see the move as a blow to NATO.
- Federal law enforcement officers are pulling out of Portland
(Task & Purpose)
Oregon's governor said the federal government agreed to a phased withdrawal of agents deployed at Portland's federal courthouse after weeks of clashes between activists and agents.
- U.S. Officials: Russia Behind Spread of Virus Disinformation
Russia is using websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November.
- U.S. coronavirus deaths top 150,000, among highest in deaths per capita globally
U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 150,000 on Wednesday, a number higher than in any other country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total, according to a Reuters tally.
- FDA authorizes first COVID-19 test for people without symptoms
The FDA granted authorization for the first time to begin testing people with no symptoms for the coronavirus. Previously certain criteria had to be met to get COVID-19 diagnostic testing.
- Texas Congressman's positive coronavirus test raises fresh safety questions for Capitol Hill
Rep. Louie Gohmert frequently spurned wearing masks around fellow Congressional members and staffers. Now his positive COVID-19 test is spurring calls for enhanced safety measures.
- Leaders were slow to bring COVID-19 testing to Latino communities. Now people are sick.
In 20 of 27 states that reported positive coronavirus cases by ethnicity, growth among Latinos has outpaced overall growth since Memorial Day and are four times as likely to be hospitalized.
- Symptoms of COVID-19: The list is getting longer, and some symptoms are longer-term
Fever, COVID toes, and a loss of taste; The odd, growing list of COVID-19 symptoms, explained.
- Fauci baseball card shatters Topps 24-hour record with 51,512 sold
The Topps NOW limited-edition baseball trading card featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci shattered an all-time sales record run for the company in selling 51,512 cards in the span of just 24 hours.
- Double rainbow appears over U.S. Capitol as Rep. John Lewis lies in state one last evening
As the body of the late Rep. John R. Lewis lay in state at the U.S. Capitol Building before a viewing public on the steps of Congress, a double rainbow appeared right above the dome.
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
- Lawmakers Grill Guard Officer on Claims Police Used Excessive Force on D.C. Protesters
A Washington, D.C., National Guard major faced tough questions from Congress about his description of the June 1 "attack on peaceful protesters" by the U.S. Park Police.
- Lawmakers call for accountability after COVID-19 deaths at state veterans' homes
Lawmakers at a House Veterans Affairs subpanel hearing sought accountability for the failings that led to the deaths and rapid spread of the virus among residents of state veterans’ homes.
- If Fort Hood meets the Army's standards, Congress says those standards must change
Despite a third of those surveyed reporting they had been sexually harassed or assaulted at Fort Hood, leadership says the base’s SHARP program somehow meets the Army’s standard.
- Investigation shows VA took nine months to dismiss physician who taunted suicidal patient
Despite claims of increased accountability in recent years, the VA took nine months to dismiss a physician who told a suicidal patient she did not care if he shot himself. He did just that and died.
- VA Facilities Continue to Hide Doctors' Misconduct, Probes Find
A VA hospital rehired a pathologist who had been previously fired for failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing cancer in at least a dozen patients, the VA Office of Inspector General reported.
- GOP under mounting pressure to strike virus deal quickly
Republican lawmakers faced with slipping poll numbers and economic indicators acknowledge they are under pressure to reach a quick deal with Democrats on a new coronavirus package.
- A new bill would give thousands of vets a second chance by expanding special courts nationwide
(Task & Purpose)
The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act would provide assistance to state, local and tribal governments to develop and maintain veteran treatment courts.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- How to master 'The Art of Showing Up' during a pandemic
Maintaining friendships and self-care habits can be difficult in normal circumstances, let alone during a global pandemic. A new book offers advice on using those skills in the COVID-19 era.
- Should schools reopen for students' mental health? Experts weigh in
Mental health experts say school is important for kids' developmental health.
- You can "see" PTSD in a person's eyes, researchers find
The pupils of PTSD-sufferers react differently when exposed to certain images, study says.
- Meditation may improve your heart health, VA study finds
Researchers found that those who meditated had lower rates of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease.
- 4 Ways to Reduce Stress From Social Media While Fighting For Racial Justice
“Activist burnout” is real and can contribute to feelings of helplessness and re-traumatization. Here are ways to practice self-care and reduce stress while still doing your part.
- How to Find a Good Therapist
A therapist can help you sort many of life’s stressors. Here's how to find the right one.
- Crystals for Grief and Loss - Stones for Healing and Support
For some people, crystal therapy helps them feel grounded, restoring positive energies while promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.
- How Children Process Grief and Loss Through Play
Young children will likely process the tumultuous events of 2020 in the only way they know how—through play. Here’s how adults can be supportive.
- Lee Greenwood and the USAF Band singing 'God Bless the U.S.A.' will give you chills
(We Are The Mighty)
Singer Lee Greenwood teamed up with the United States Air Force band during the COVID-19 pandemic to perform his iconic song.
- First woman to lead Army Reserve assumes command
Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels is the first woman to lead an Army service component.
- Rape jokes, vindictive culture in 'old boys club' at Pennsylvania Air National Guard Station
(Task & Purpose)
Former personnel accuse the commander of a Pennsylvannia Air Guard base of fostering a “vindictive culture of unprofessional retaliation.”
- 10 residents with COVID-19 at Oklahoma veterans center die
Ten residents at a home for veterans in northeastern Oklahoma have died after being among dozens of residents and staffers there who tested positive for the coronavirus this month.
- Fifth lawsuit filed in deaths at West Virginia VA hospital
The number of lawsuits has grown related to the deaths of patients at a West Virginia veterans hospital where a former nursing assistant intentionally gave them wrongful insulin injections.
Military Family News
- Gold Star wife brings husband’s legacy to life through their toddler
(We Are The Mighty)
A military kid is learning about her dad's life and experiences through the eyes of her mom.
- DoD Base Schools Extend Deadline to Enroll in Virtual Learning
DoDEA has extended the deadline for signing students up for virtual learning to July 30 in consideration of those concerned about risks due to COVID-19 pandemic.
- 4-month-old with brittle bone disease is mom's miracle baby
(Good Morning America)
Little Jackson Storey’s story of survival is spreading hope and smiles all over the internet.
- Coronavirus kills hospital ICU chief who 'selflessly' cared for patients during pandemic
"This is real," a medical school classmate said of Dr. Joseph Costa. "This was a 56-year-old healthy man. He knew how to be careful ... and he still passed away from this disease.”
- 11-year-old supports single mothers during pandemic with his lemonade stand
Cartier Carey is proving no one is too young to make a difference. The 11-year-old is working hard to provide relief for single mothers one cup of lemonade at a time.
- This couple is playing free concerts on their porch for neighbors every weekend
(Good Morning America)
This California couple have been playing porch concerts for neighbors during the pandemic.
- Starbucks to bring back Pumpkin Spice Latte, launch curbside pickup at up to 1,000 stores
It’s not a pandemic panacea, but PSL’s return might be a cultural norm cure for the soul.
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