The TAPS Daily - July 7, 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.
- Judge awards $879 million from Iran to Khobar Towers bombing victims, families
(Air Force Times)
A U.S. District Court Chief ruled that the backers, planners and supporters of the bombing should pay out $819,120,000 to 14 airmen and 41 family members.
- Trump administration begins formal withdrawal from World Health Organization
The Trump administration has notified Congress and the UN that the U.S. is formally withdrawing from the WHO, a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the Americas.
- U.S. closes in on grim milestone: 3 million COVID-19 cases
While President Donald Trump has touted a decreased death rate, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of falling into a "false complacency."
- Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying virus
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed positive test results for COVID-19 while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia.
- As Coronavirus Cases Spike, Trump Pushes Reopening Schools
The Trump administration kicked off a day of programming Tuesday aimed at pushing for the reopening of schools this fall despite a spike in COVID-19 cases around large parts of the country.
- 1st disinfectant sprays that kill COVID-19 on surfaces approved by EPA
(Good Morning America)
The Environmental Protection Agency just approved two disinfectant sprays that can kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on surfaces.
- 95-year-old grandmother makes masks for Veterans with hearing loss
(We Are The Mighty)
When Meredith Willcox learned some Veterans had issues with comprehension because of COVID-19 masking policies, she did something about it.
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
- Widow Denied Benefits For Husband Who Died Of Coronavirus At Chelsea Soldiers’ Home
In a letter, the state Department of Veteran Services said the veteran’s cause of death was not related to his service disability, even though it made him more vulnerable to the deadly virus.
- VA budget passes House panel
Veterans Affairs programs would see a hefty funding boost in fiscal 2021 under plans advanced by House appropriators on Monday.
- VA Home Loans for National Guard, Reserve Under New Bill
Members of the National Guard and Reserves activated for COVID-19 pandemic response, civil unrest and natural disasters could gain access to Department of Veterans Affairs home loans.
- Military's Top Appeals Court to Consider Whether Retirees Can Be Court-Martialed
The case of a retired sailor who was court-martialed after leaving the Navy has reached the military's highest appeals court, potentially setting the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court battle.
- Pentagon draft policy would ban Confederate flag displays
A draft policy being circulated by Pentagon leaders would ban the display of the Confederate flag in Defense Department workplaces or public areas by service members and civilian personnel.
- Veterans Affairs Leaders Refuse to Change Motto
Lawmakers and advocates have called the VA motto "exclusionary" and "outdated." But VA leaders are refusing to change it, arguing "attempts to rewrite history are dangerous."
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- New facility to treat TBI, PTSD opens at Eglin Air Force Base
(Air Force Times)
A new facility at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida has opened to treat active-duty service members who’ve been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Growth After Trauma
While times of crisis can lead to overwhelming stress and trauma, research shows that we can also benefit from “posttraumatic growth” once the storm has passed.
- Here's the best way to take care of your mental health during the pandemic
How can we address this wave of pain and mental stress that is washing over so many of us?
- The Coronavirus Is a Special Mental-Health Disaster
If SARS is any lesson, the psychological effects of COVID-19 will long outlast the pandemic itself.
- How to Cope With Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you can’t mourn the death of a loved one the way you want to right now, these grief counselors still have tips for getting through it.
- 5 Growth Hacks To Help You Adapt And Thrive During Challenging Times
(Good News Network)
Learning how to adapt effectively can help you navigate through changes and, often, emerge in an even better position for the long run.
- Georgia governor authorizes National Guard troops after 8-year-old killed
Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency and authorized the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard troops after a weekend of violence in Atlanta left five people dead.
- Black Army cadets recall stories of racism at West Point
(Task & Purpose)
Black cadets at the United States Military Academy say they were subjected to racially charged harassment and weren't taken seriously when they reported it to authorities.
- Air Force F-15 Pilot Makes 1st Flight Since Near-Death Electrocution Experience
An Air Force F-15 Eagle pilot took to the skies for the first time following a 255-day hiatus from flight because of accidental electrocution that caused his heart to stop for nearly 12 minutes.
- Marine declared deceased after remains found off the coast of Japan
A Marine from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan died after going missing off the coast of Hamada Beach in Shimane prefecture on Thursday, according to the service.
- Soldier dies in non-combat incident in Kosovo
DoD released the name of a soldier who died on July 4 at Camp Novo Selo, in Kosovo.
- VA reports nearly 5,000 active cases of COVID-19 among VA patients
Veterans Affairs officials reported nearly 5,000 active cases of coronavirus but VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said the increase in cases doesn’t point to the department’s system being overwhelmed.
- Survey finds women veterans need more help in key areas amid COVID-19 pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, a survey found that women veterans need more help in key resource areas than their male counterparts.
- Veterans’ Group Slams Trump For Giving Predatory Schools A Pass
The Trump administration has backed away from a plan to block for-profit universities accused of deceptive practices from accessing G.I. Bill benefits.
- Staying Apart, Together: Why a Zoom wedding can be just as good
If you were wondering if Zoom weddings are actually worth it, I will answer with a resounding "yes." Good things can still happen, even in quarantine, even as the world is scary.
- It's the month of Mars! 3 Red Planet missions set to launch in July
Three missions are poised to launch toward Mars this month, including NASA's car-sized Perseverance rover, which will hunt for signs of ancient Mars life.
- A Store Security Guard is Going Viral for Holding an Umbrella Over Dog Standing in the Rain
(Good News Network)
Ethan Dearman is being hailed as an ‘everyday hero’ after he was photographed holding an umbrella over a dog’s head in the rain.
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