The TAPS Daily - June 10, 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.
- National Guard COVID-19 Diagnoses After Protests Are ‘Disturbing’ Sign, Fauci Says
One of the nation's top medical advisers on the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus pandemic said seeing troops test positive for COVID-19 after responding to protests is a likely sign more cases will emerge.
- PGA Tour golf returns on June 11 for first time since coronavirus hiatus
PGA Tour golf returns on Thursday for the first time since mid-March, when the coronavirus outbreak halted sports around the globe. The top golfers in the world will tee off in Fort Worth, Texas at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
- Kansas Army National Guard members save choking infant at COVID-19 testing site
An Army National Guard combat medic is being called a hero after actions she took to save a child in the Dodge City Ford County Health Department COVID-19 drive-thru reports the Kansas National Guard.
- New study of USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors reveals how coronavirus affects young, healthy adults
(Stars and Stripes)
A coronavirus study of USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors released Tuesday indicated the potential for some immunity to the disease based on antibodies found in the blood of positive cases.
- Bill would block presidents with no military service from being buried in Arlington Cemetery
United States senator and combat veteran introduced a bill that would block presidents or vice presidents with no military service from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
- Army ROTC National Commissioning Ceremony
(Army ROTC YouTube)
Watch on Friday, 12 June, at 10 Eastern to celebrate all Army ROTC cadets who are commissioning this year during the LIVE Army ROTC National Commissioning Ceremony.
TAPS In the News
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- VA Extends Eligibility Window for Veterans to Apply for VGLI
The Department of Veterans Affairs is extending the eligibility window that recently discharged veterans have to enroll in the Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) program.
- Bill Would Cover Doulas for Expectant Service Women, Dependents
A bill introduced in Congress last month would require Tricare to cover the services of doulas -- trained professionals who provide physical and emotional support for pregnant women throughout labor, delivery and the postpartum process.
- Watchdog: More work to do to improve military housing
Defense and service officials have made some improvements to address health and safety issues in military housing, but many problems still exist with mold and radon remediation, comprehensive inspections and timely repairs, according to a new report from the Pentagon’s watchdog.
- TRANSCOM pulls back $7 billion contract to privatize military household goods moves
A $7.2 billion contract for outsourcing the management of moving service members’ household goods has been pulled back by the U.S. Transportation Command.
Grief / Trauma / Mental Health
- The rise of PTSD
It has never been easier to talk about trauma. But does society’s openness have costs as well as benefits?
- How the pandemic is affecting mental health in diverse U.S. communities
(Medical News Today)
Some groups may face a disproportionate mental health impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include people of color, migrants, and people of various ethnic backgrounds. In this Special Feature, we dive deeper into the issue.
- 'Grief overload:' Families absorb multiple virus deaths
In a pandemic of countless sorrowful realities, it’s bringing a special kind of loss to people around the globe who are seeing their families shattered with multiple members succumbing to the disease.
- Helping Kids Cope with COVID-19 Worries
The psychological state of children may need special attention during COVID-19 impacts and isolation.
- The Familial Language of Black Grief
Black people feel the pain and loss of black life as if it were our very own blood that had been brutalized—because it easily could have been.
- 12 Diverse YA Books That Taught Me About Grief
The world of most YA fiction characters are riddled with grief, death, mourning, and confusion about what the hell you’re supposed to do when you’re deeply, deeply depressed and no one sees you.
- I Listen to Spotify's Daily Wellness Playlists For Self-Care | POPSUGAR Fitness
Spotify's "Daily Wellness" playlists have made self-care more accessible than ever, using a mix of music and podcasts to bring mindfulness and positivity to every day.
- Extended COVID response hurting Air National Guard retention
(Air Force Times)
The Air National Guard’s lengthening response to the coronavirus crisis is hurting its retention efforts, and could cause it to drop about 1,000 air guardsmen below its authorized levels.
- D.C. Guard members test positive for COVID-19 after protests
Members of the D.C. National Guard have tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of the mass protests across the nation’s capital last week, according to Lt. Col. Brooke Davis, Guard spokeswoman.
- Two members of National Guard who assisted Lincoln police during protests test positive for coronavirus
Two members of the Nebraska National Guard who assisted Lincoln police in enforcing a curfew imposed by Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird over recent weeks have tested positive for the coronavirus.
- New Army 2nd Lieutenants Are Back at West Point for Trump Graduation Address
After returning under highly restrictive pandemic conditions, members of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2020 are already U.S. Army officers as they await Saturday's mandatory graduation ceremony.
- Naval Academy Plebes Become Youngsters as Class Finishes Digital Version of Sea Trials
For the class of 2023, the end of the plebe year was meant to be marked with the Sea Trials, a grueling set of tasks over 14 hours. Instead, because of the coronavirus pandemic, Naval Academy classes went online, midshipmen, plebes included, were sent home and some events, like the Navy cruises, were canceled.
- ‘What I saw was just absolutely wrong’: National Guardsmen struggle with their role in controlling protests
POLITICO spoke to 10 National Guardsmen who have taken part in the protest response across the country since the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.
- Trump rules out renaming Army bases named after Confederate officers
(Task and Purpose)
President Donald Trump has announced that none of the 10 Army based named for Confederate leaders will be renamed on his watch.
- Military members are disproportionately affected by cybercrime: Here's why and how to avoid it
Those who serve the nation are finding themselves at a much greater risk of being the victims of cybercrime and identity theft, according to a recent study by the Federal Trade Commission.
- After Soldier’s Death in Vehicle Rollover, Lawmaker Calls for Military-Wide Changes
A 20-year-old infantryman’s death while training in South Korea last fall was “very preventable," a Florida congressman said this week after sending a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlining his concerns.
- Newly Eligible Disabled Veteran Shoppers Commissaries
Opening its doors to disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipients and primary veteran caregivers has paid off for military food stores.
- Strong Mentorship May Be the Secret to a Successful Transition
Getting out of the military can be difficult. For many, it can feel like they have to start a new life with an unhelpful skill set that few people understand.
- What Veterans Wish Employers Understood
Our military serves to protect the United States of America, and when its service members retire, the transition into civilian jobs sometimes leaves our veterans wishing employers could understand a few things.
- Illinois Farm Corps Veteran Agriculture Jobs
Congressman Mike Bost, R-Il., the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and the Illinois AgrAbility recently announced the Farm Corps partnership which provides jobs for Illinois veterans with agricultural producers who need on-the-farm labor.
- Tiny houses in Kansas City give homeless veterans a place to call home
The Veterans Community Project (VCP), a nonprofit group based in Kansas City, has made it a mission to provide transitional homes and services to veterans, one community at a time.
Military Family News
- MilSpouse Creates Apps to Support Black Businesses
When Navy wife Jasmine Grant found herself trying to locate a job while raising two small kids amid the constant throes of military life, she did what many military spouses do: She started her own business.
- Bringing America Back: A guide to COVID-19 vaccines, reopening schools safely and more to know
(Good Morning America)
Bringing America Back is an ABC News feature that highlights the day's top stories in economic recovery and medical preparedness amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- A Walk Around the Block Can Be a Grand…
Sometimes as adults, it can be easy to forget what it’s like to be a child, when a walk around the block can be a grand adventure.
- Since Pandemic Closed His Business, New Jersey Man Has Made Over 500 Shopping Trips For Seniors
(Good News Network)
The owner of a New Jersey frame shop has been unable to operate his business since late March. But that hasn’t stopped him from taking over 500 trips to the grocery store—for free—for seniors staying at home to avoid exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.