The TAPS Daily - July 30, 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.
- Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the crew of the USS Indianapolis 75 years later*
In 1945 the USS Indianapolis conveyed components of the atom bomb to Japan on a mission that resulted in the ship’s sinking. This week the 8 surviving crew members were honored by Congress.
- John Lewis, Towering Civil Rights Icon, Memorialized At Atlanta Funeral
The funeral for Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon widely revered by his peers as "the conscience of the Congress," was held Thursday in Atlanta at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
- Mars Rover Launched to Mars to Search for Life
The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built blasted off for the red planet as part of a project to bring back the first Martian rock samples to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.
- 3 Months Of Hell: U.S. Economy Drops 32.9% In Worst GDP Report Ever
The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
- Coronavirus hotspots ease, but officials warn normal is a long way off
The number of new coronavirus infections in some states hit hardest by the pandemic in the last month is easing, but public health officials warn widespread transmission is still taking place.
- Trump: Justice Department, FBI investigating death of Vanessa Guillen
(Task & Purpose)
The Department of Justice is now involved with the alleged murder of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, President Donald Trump said after meeting with the soldier’s family.
- Withdrawing troops from Germany is a 'grave error,' lawmakers say
Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have pushed against the Department of Defense's withdrawal of troops from Europe at the request of President Donald Trump.
- Russia jails 2nd ex-U.S. Marine Trevor Reed for 9 years amid criticism trials are political
A Moscow court has sentenced a second former U.S. Marine to a long jail term in a trial that has fueled concerns the American veterans may have been targeted in Russia for political reasons.
- Former GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain dies of COVID-19
Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74.
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
- 'Brandon Act' to Give Troops Confidential Mental Health Treatment Gets Senate Boost
A bill that would give service members a way to get mental health treatment without going through their chains of command received a boost after being introduced in the Senate.
- Bill to Make VA Motto Gender-Neutral Unanimously Approved by Committee
The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved a bill that would require the VA to adopt a version of its mission statement that proponents say is more inclusive than the current motto.
- House women veterans caucus wants action on Guillen murder, sexual misconduct reforms
The House women veterans caucus is demanding congressional hearings into the killing of Fort Hood soldier Spc. Vanessa Guillen and inquiries into military’s problem of sexual assault.
- House moves to overturn Trump’s military transgender ban
(Task & Purpose)
The House is likely to adopt an amendment this week that would effectively overturn the Trump administration’s severe restrictions on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military.
- These Are the Most Underutilized Veteran Benefits in Each State
Most state governments offer assistance and benefits to military veterans like the federal government does. But not all veterans know about what’s available to them locally.
- Don't let COVID derail your Thrift Savings Plan
If you’ve been watching the ups and downs of the stock market and your Thrift Savings Plan during the COVID crisis, you may wonder whether you should take some sort of action.
- Donate COVID-19 Plasma
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Providing Remote Grief Support to Students and School Communities
(What’s Your Grief)
It stands to reason, a higher number of children will be carrying the burden of loss when they return to school this year, whether they are grieving the death of a loved one, or a non-death loss.
- How I'm grieving the loss of 'normal life' in a pandemic as a therapist
I have learned over these last four months that while we are going through a pandemic, we are also going through global trauma.
- Exploring Secondary Trauma and the Impact of PTSD Recovery on Your Relationship
Recovering from PTSD is a full-time gig. It’s exhausting for the person with PTSD and for their loved ones who just want to get through it.
- The military is seeing a higher COVID-19 infection rate in young people. Here’s why.
The military’s biggest age demographic is testing positive for COVID-19 more often than civilians in the same group, the Pentagon’s top doctor told reporters on Thursday.
- Meet Poncho, the Army's COVID-19 sniff detector
The Army has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement to explore the ability of dogs to detect biomarkers produced by the COVID-19 virus in humans.
- 2 'isolated clusters' are the source of COVID-19 outbreak on Okinawa, Japan, Marines say
(Marine Corps Times)
An outbreak of COVID-19 at Marine Corps installations on Okinawa, Japan, came from clusters found on Camp Hansen and Marine Corps Air Station, Futemna, a Marine official said.
- 'A small number' of carrier George H.W. Bush sailors test positive for COVID-19
Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush have tested positive for COVID-19 this summer, but Navy officials are declining to say how many or when the infections were detected.
- COVID-19 positive Marine assigned to POTUS helicopter squadron 'quarantined and recovering'
(Marine Corps Times)
On July 23 a Marine assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, tasked with transporting the president, tested positive for the potentially deadly COVID-19, Politico reported.
- Four civilian attorneys and a veterans advocate will lead the Fort Hood command climate review
The Army secretary announced a five-person panel Thursday who will head up the Army’s independent command climate review into Fort Hood, Texas.
- Pregnant, postpartum women can now attend Air Force PME
(Air Force Times)
The Air Force is now allowing all pregnant and postpartum airmen to attend professional military education, in an effort to remove barriers that limited career development.
- Special Tactics Airmen Earn 90 Awards for Battling Terror Groups Worldwide
Members of the Air Force's 21st Special Tactics Squadron earned over 90 awards for actions against extremist organizations in deployments across the Middle East and Africa in 2019.
- Navy Officer's Years-Long Murder Case Gets Another Twist with Court Ruling
A high-profile case of alleged murder that has stretched nearly five years and demanded decisions by top officials in the Navy and DoD has taken another turn with new appellate ruling
- Arizona Army National Guard IDs 23-year-old officer who died after collapsing during PT test
An Arizona Army National Guard soldier with the 850th Military Police Battalion has died after collapsing during a training event, authorities said Wednesday.
- 'The Jet Doesn't Care:' 1st Female F-35 Demo Pilot Says She's Focused on Excellence
Capt. Kristin "Beo" Wolfe, the new face of the U.S. Air Force's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter demonstration team, is "used to" being outnumbered as a female pilot.
- The Navy initially denied Grace Hopper’s enlistment. Then she revolutionized computers.
(We Are The Mighty)
The fact you're able to read these words on your device is thanks, in part, to Grace Hopper, one of the most formidable computer scientists in history. And the Navy almost missed out.
- Woman Reunited With Stolen Teddy Bear Containing Her Late Mother's Voice
A woman in Vancouver has been reunited with a stolen teddy bear that contained a sentimental voice message from her late mother.
- Turning Point USA co-founder dies of coronavirus-related complications
The co-founder of conservative student group Turning Point USA, Bill Montgomery, has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to two friends of his.
- Exclusive: Buddy, first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the U.S., has died
Even though the German shepherd likely had cancer, his health records show how little we know about animals and the coronavirus.
- MLB's Phillies say two staffers tested positive for coronavirus after playing Marlins
Two members of the Philadelphia Phillies staff tested positive for coronavirus days after the team played the Miami Marlins.
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