The TAPS Daily - July 31, 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.
- TAPS Cheryl Lankford Memorial Act to Help Military Orphans
Cheryl Lankford’s death from cancer in May served as a rallying cry for her Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors family.
- 1 Marine dead, 8 others missing after amphibious vehicle sinks off California coast
(Task & Purpose)
A Marine is dead and another eight service members are missing after an amphibious assault vehicle sank on Thursday near San Clemente Island, California.
- Federal court overturns death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber
A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
- Pompeo Says Threats to U.S. in Afghanistan Raised with Russia
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he and his team have warned Russian officials about all threats posed to Americans and U.S. interests in various parts of the world.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci: Goggles and eye shields can prevent COVID-19 spread
Wearing goggles or eye shields in addition to a mask might be a good idea to avoid COVID-19, White House advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an interview on Instagram Live Wednesday.
- 'This Is History': NBA To Hold First Games In 'Bubble' Amid Pandemic
The NBA will have its first revamped games of the 2019-2020 season on Thursday evening, after the global coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the world of professional sports. The NBA and teams across the country work with teams4taps, the TAPS sports program.
- The Federal Government Announces $2.1 Billion For COVID-19 Vaccine Development
The federal government has reached a deal worth up to $2.1 billion with drugmakers as part of Operation Warp Speed to have a coronavirus vaccine widely available by early 2021.
TAPS In the News
- The Love Work Virtual Women's Empowerment Retreat - Applications Open Through August 3
Surviving women whose loss occurred more than 3 years ago are invited to "The Love Work" virtual Women's Empowerment (WE) retreat.
- TAPS Facebook Live Sports & Entertainment Series
TAPS Sports & Entertainment program has been hosting Facebook Live chats during the pandemic with some of our top celebrity supporters. Check out the full line up on demand here.
- 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
- Senate Approves Gold Star Families Week Resolution Authored By Hyde-Smith
The U.S. Senate approved a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) that establishes September 20 to 26, 2020, as “Gold Star Families Remembrance Week” to honor the families of fallen members of the Armed Forces. TAPS is grateful to Congress for this meaningful recognition each year for families who’ve lost their loved ones in service to the nation.
- Landmark bill would provide VA care, benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances
The Toxic Exposure in the American Military Act introduced by Senator Thom Tillis, (R-NC), and supported by TAPS, creates sweeping mandates to further research, track and care for eligible veterans who fall ill because of exposure to toxic substances during service.
- VA publishes final regulation for Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
The Department of Veterans Affairs published its final regulation to improve and expand the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC).
- House lawmakers advance bills to protect VA medical malpractice victims, update VA motto
Lawmakers on a key committee advanced bills including measures to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to update its motto and offer protections for victims of VA medical malpractice.
- Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock
Enhanced unemployment benefits are set to expire as congressional negotiators are deadlocked over a coronavirus relief deal.
- FEMA: Florida veterans hospitals can admit non-veterans during pandemic
Florida veterans hospitals are able to admit non-veteran patients if requested by the Florida Department of Health to assist the community in treating patients with or without the coronavirus.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Stress Getting you Down? The VA Is Offering Phone-Based Meditation Sessions
The VA is now offering free remote meditation sessions to help you develop coping techniques for the daily stresses of life without relying on medication or therapy.
- ‘Caution fatigue’ and the stress behind living through a pandemic
In the last four months, the coronavirus has not changed its tactics, but we humans in the United States have.
- COVID online school impacts kids' mental health. What can teachers do?
As the pandemic drags on, it's clear not all kids are all right. Nearly 3 in 10 parents said their child is experiencing emotional or mental harm because of social distancing and school closures.
- How Can Parents Help Kids With Anxiety? Be Less Accommodating
Research shows high levels of parental accommodation are linked to more severe child anxiety symptoms and worse outcomes with treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy or medication.
- Managing Continued Uncertainty And The Mental Health Of Your Employees During Crisis
Before the pandemic, mental health was already becoming more of a priority for companies. Now mental health is front and center in a way it never was before.
- After spiking through June and July, military COVID-19 cases level off
The last week in July showed a sizable slowdown in the increase of coronavirus cases among service members, from a peak of more than 4,000 cases in one week earlier in the month.
- Navy installations prepare for Hurricane Isaias as it works its way up the Atlantic Coast
Navy installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia, began preparations today as Hurricane Isaias has the potential to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast as early as next week.
- Trump threatens to deploy National Guard to quell Portland protests
President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to deploy National Guard troops to Portland, Oregon, if protests there don’t stop in the next few days, saying the violence has lasted for too long.
- Pentagon to Change Training Material that Labeled Journalists, Protesters 'Adversaries'
Pentagon training materials on operational security that referred to journalists and protesters as "adversaries" will be changed to "avoid confusion".
- Trump Says He'll Help with Funeral Costs for Slain Soldier Vanessa Guillen
President Donald Trump met with the family of a soldier who investigators say was slain at Fort Hood, saying it is a “terrible story” and that he would help with funeral expenses.
- Navy flight surgeon died doing “something he absolutely loved”*
In the midst of their grief, the family and friends of Navy Cmdr. Chris “Papa Doc” Joas are comforted by the fact that he died doing what he loved.<
- If you have to ride in a military aircraft with someone with COVID-19, this is your best bet
(Air Force Times)
Military researchers have conducted tests to see which aircraft is best suited to transport virus-laden passengers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
- VA Caregiver Program Opens to Eligible WWII, Korea and Vietnam Vets
After a yearlong delay, veterans from World War II through Vietnam who need around-the-clock care from a loved one can apply for the VA family caregiver program, starting October 1.
- VA works to protect older Veterans from COVID-19 complications
VA is taking action to ensure all veterans are protected from exposure to COVID-19 and receive high-quality COVID-19 testing and care. Here’s how others, including family and VSOs can help.
- VA works to raise awareness for lung cancer screening in Veterans
Some 900,000 veterans are at risk of developing lung cancer due to older age, history of smoking, and environmental exposures during or after military service.
Military Family News
- Here's how military treatment facilities are handling kids' physicals for school and sports
Some military parents are asking how to get their children’s school physicals, sports physicals and immunizations at military treatment facilities during a pandemic.
- United Through Reading offer free books and mobile app for Veterans, military
United Through Reading helps military and veterans video record themselves reading a book to send to a child in their life, reading together no matter the distance.
- 20 percent of MLB teams have games postponed due to coronavirus, Cardinals-Brewers the latest
The sport has been back for a little over a week and on Friday many games were postponed because of the coronavirus.
- Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home During COVID 19 - Steps When Someone Is Sick
You've been practicing physical distancing and other safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but have you disinfected your home?
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