The TAPS Daily - July 8, 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.
- Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration over international student visas
Harvard and MIT argue the administration's order regarding international student visas was meant to pressure colleges to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- U.S. government launches campaign to reduce high suicide rates, particularly among veterans
The federal government launched a campaign aimed at reducing high suicide rates, urging the public to reach out to others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. TAPS is a member of the PREVENTS task force.
- DeVos 'very seriously' considering withholding funding from schools that don't reopen
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that she is “very seriously” considering withholding federal funding from schools that don’t reopen in the fall.
- Understanding the Significance of the Gold Star
Defense Department officials want Americans – especially those serving in the department – to understand what the Gold Star lapel pin and Next of Kin lapel pins mean.
- 'Emerging evidence' of airborne transmission of coronavirus, says WHO
The World Health Organization confirmed there is emerging evidence of airborne transmission of COVID-19 following scientists urging the agency to be more forthcoming about that likelihood.
- 6 Ways to Stay Hopeful During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In times of overwhelming uncertainty it’s challenging but totally possible to keep hope alive.
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
- Benefits For Family of Veterans Who Die of COVID-19 In New Bill
Families of veterans who die because of the coronavirus could be entitled to Department of Veterans Affairs survivor benefits under a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week. TAPS is working with Sen. Sinema (D-AZ) and Sen. Tillis (R-NC) to advance this important legislation. We look forward to overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle and to seeing it passed into law.
- Schumer: Expand list of Agent Orange illnesses covered for Vietnam vets
Sen. Chuck Schumer says a bipartisan plan to expand the list of diseases linked to Agent Orange for Vietnam War veterans could become law in a few weeks as part of a military spending bill.
- VA clears 5 schools to keep enrolling G.I. Bill students
Some advocates call the VA’s decision to restore GI Bill eligibility to five schools in wake of deceptive practices is a move "to ignore federal law in order to protect predatory colleges.”
- House Democrats Demand Administration End Limitations of Transgender Military Service
House Democrats on Wednesday urged the departments of Defense and Justice to eliminate President Donald Trump's ban of transgender service in the military.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Tulane University receives $12.5 million grant to treat brain injuries and PTSD in veterans
Tulane University received a $12.5 million grant for the creation of a new Center for Brain Health, which will focus on treating brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans.
- What I've Gained From Group Therapy for PTSD
There are resources like group therapy out there if you feel like you can’t turn to your family or friends for aid in your darkest hours of need.
- After My Dad Died, I Started Sending Him Emails. Months Later, Someone Wrote Back
“I shot the signals of my mourning into space for months, fully expecting them to die unreceived. And when I least expected it, someone sent signals back.”
- ‘Call It Grief and Then See if it Changes How You View it’
Grief can have a clarifying effect, a way of lasering away the mundane. Here’s how you can apply some lessons from loss to this year’s surreal new world.
- 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.
- Is Your Mental Health Declining During the Pandemic? You Are Not Alone...
(We Are The Mighty)
There is nothing wrong with admitting you need that help. Trust me on that.
- 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.
- There are fewer recruits due to COVID-19, but they have the same hard training
(Marine Corps Times)
COVID-19 has caused both the Navy and Marine Corps to take precautionary measures to protect new recruits at boot camp and schoolhouses.
- Navy Ban on Sailors Worshiping Indoors at Off-Base Churches Stirs Controversy
Sailors can now worship at drive-in religious services off base but cannot go inside, according to COVID-19 restrictions the Navy reaffirmed Tuesday.
- CENTCOM commander sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq
Six months after a deadly airstrike in Baghdad fueled demands to send U.S. troops home, the top U.S. general for the region is optimistic about keeping a smaller, enduring presence there.
- Decades after WWII, DoD struggles to clear unexploded ordnance at bases on Guam
The Defense Department is still struggling to clear out unexploded ordnance and discarded munitions used by the Navy and Air Force on Guam.
- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified against Trump, announces retirement from the Army
The Army infantry officer who testified before Congress earlier this year about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has decided to retire, according to a statement from his attorneys.
- Fort Drum Soldier performs Heimlich; saves newborn's life
A Fort Drum soldier was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his bravery and outstanding skill in rendering life-saving aid to a newborn baby over Father’s Day weekend.
- Airman awarded for saving drowning woman in Turkey
(Task & Purpose)
An Airman has earned military honors for saving the life of a woman in danger of drowning.
- 'Heroes Linked' Connects Veterans with Mentors, Job Opportunities
Network offers transitioning veterans and military spouses with people in their career field they can turn to for advice, guidance and even that first job or promotion in their industry.
- Veterans compete in 2020 Golden Age Games… at home
(We Are The Mighty)
Virtual competition draws 259 senior veterans from across the country.
- Former Marine Catches 3-Year-Old Dropped from Burning Building
This veteran caught a child who was dropped from a burning building in Phoenix on July 3, 2020.
- Audie Murphy: American War Hero, Actor, Advocate
The U.S. Army has declared that there will never be another Audie Murphy.
Military Family News
- Military families with disabled members need more accessible homes, survey finds
Some military families with disabled family members “are being forced to live in homes that hinder their quality of life and in many cases are just unsafe for them,” concludes a new report.
- A Deaf Trader Joe's Employee Gets Creative To Communicate With Customers In Face Masks
With people wearing masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Matthew Simmons had to find a new way to communicate at work.
- Online summer camp 2020: Summer school activities for kids
Virtual camp may sound a long way off from digging in the dirt and chasing fireflies. But most encourage kids to get inspiration, then go play offscreen.
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