The TAPS Daily - June 11, 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.
- U.S. Hits 2 Million Coronavirus Cases As Many States See A Surge Of Patients
The U.S. has reached another dire landmark in its fight against COVID-19, surpassing 2 million confirmed cases on Wednesday. New coronavirus infections are rising in at least 20 states, even as restrictions on daily life continue to ease across the country.
- Milley says he was wrong to accompany Trump on church walk
Army Gen. Mark Milley, the nation’s top military officer, said he was wrong to accompany President Donald Trump on a walk through Lafayette Square that ended in a photo op at a church saying his presence in uniform amid protests over racial injustice “created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
- Senate panel votes to require Pentagon to rename bases named after Confederates
The Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would require the Pentagon to rename bases and other assets that are named after Confederate military leaders, a source confirmed to The Hill.
- Honor Flight cancels all trips for 2020, affecting 20,000 veterans
(Stars and Stripes)
The Honor Flight Network, which sends veterans to tour the war memorials in Washington, said Thursday it would cancel all trips to the nation’s capital through the end of 2020. Under normal circumstances, the network would have transported about 20,000 to Washington this year, the group estimated.
- This Air Force couple wants to help other service members get time to grieve deceased children
Air Force Maj. Matthew Checketts and his wife Jessica felt so strongly about the need for service members to be able to take leave to grieve the loss of a child that they wrote a letter to members of Congress.
- How to Properly Dispose of Worn-Out U.S. Flags
This Flag Day, June 14, many Americans will proudly fly the U.S. flag at their homes and places of work. But what do you do with it when it's old and ratty and you're ready for a new one? Just as there's etiquette for displaying Old Glory, there's also etiquette for disposing of flags in a dignified manner.
- Disneyland Plans To Reopen On July 17, But You're Going To Need A Reservation
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure plan to reopen on July 17, but the world-famous parks will now require all guests to make a reservation before walking in.
TAPS In the News
- Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony recognizes 18,000 hours of service
Fort Stewart’s active-duty Soldier Volunteer of the Year was Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Weaver who has contributed to nonprofits such as Team Red White and Blue, Team Rubicon, the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors and the Travis Manion Foundation.
- A Mother's Journey Through Writing
One surviving Army mother shares how telling your story can help with coming to terms with your loss while also hopefully finding a measure of peace.
- Adult Siblings as Disenfranchised Grievers Registration, Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Join the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing on Friday, 6/12 at 6 p.m., for a webinar aimed to educate viewers about grief experiences by adults whose siblings have died & provide insights on how to reduce the risk of disenfranchising their loss & grief.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Caregiver, Elderly Financial Burdens Set As High Priorities For National Institute On Aging To 2025
Financial burdens on caregivers and the elderly were announced by the National Institute on Aging today among its top research priorities through 2025.
- How To Apply For VA Health Care
If you’re a Veteran, you should apply for VA health care, even if you don’t think you’re eligible. Even if you don’t qualify today, you may in the future and VA will already have your information on file. Applying is easy. Here’s how.
- Defense committee chairman expresses 'profound frustration' with Esper
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee today expressed “profound frustration” with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper over a “unacceptable” lack of response to a request that Esper appear before the committee.
- VA Patient Advocacy Tracking System
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new tool that allows its health care teams to collaboratively address and resolve issues.
- Congress Pumps Brakes on Moves to Shift Air Force Bases to Space Force
Lawmakers will not allow the U.S. Space Force to realign Air Force bases that host space missions under its wing until they get a full analysis of those potential moves.
- Defense bill to include billion dollars for pandemic response and preparedness
A key House Democrat will propose a billion-dollar pandemic response and preparedness fund in the annual defense policy bill, Defense News has learned. The bill would help boost production of key medical equipment sought by states amid the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
- Defense Contractors Need 'Double-Digit Billions' in COVID-19 Relief, Official Says
The Pentagon's top weapons buyer presented Congress with a difficult choice Wednesday: Come up with "double-digit billions of dollars" to reimburse defense contractors for their costs related to COVID-19 or risk a degradation of military readiness.
Grief / Trauma / Mental Health
- Five Things About Staying Mentally Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak
(Department of Health and Human Services)
In the midst of the battle against coronavirus, it’s understandable that many Americans may experience heightened distress or anxiety, affecting our thoughts and emotions. If you are struggling with stress or mental health concerns due to COVID-19 or after a disaster, there is help available.
- Joe Biden, Emissary of Grief
(New York Times)
His entire political career has been marked by personal loss. His allies say that makes him uniquely capable of leading a nation grappling with death.
- Black Lives Matter - Grief in Communities of Color
(Refuge in Grief)
We cannot advocate for personal sovereignty inside grief, can’t promote discussions of grief as a healthy, valid experience worthy of respect and kindness if we do not acknowledge that death and suffering affect African Americans in disproportionate, stupid, violent, entirely preventable ways.
- We need a '9-1-1' for mental health — we need '9-8-8'
Despite the extraordinary efforts made by the medical professionals saving lives each and every day, it has never been clearer that our national mental health infrastructure requires reinforcement and innovation to meet the growing need. We need a "9-1-1" for mental health. We need "9-8-8.”
- Why a wellness routine is your top priority amid protests and the pandemic — and how to start
Incorporating a wellness routine into your schedule can help you weather the uncertainty of the times we live in.
- Wellness for kids: Inside the growing movement
(Well and Good)
Many of the mindfulness tools that have been staples of the wellness movement are now getting a kid-friendly makeover.
- Judge dismisses Fitzgerald lawsuit
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought on behalf of families of the seven sailors who drowned aboard the warship Fitzgerald in 2017.
- Army COVID-19 vaccine candidate to be tested on humans
Army researchers are taking their first COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the next research stage — human clinical trials.
- Kidd resumes deployment after COVID-19 outbreak
After a six-week detour due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the ranks, the guided-missile destroyer Kidd left San Diego and resumed its scheduled deployment Monday, according to a Navy statement.
- Cadets Return to Coast Guard Academy with New Health Regimen
More than 200 Coast Guard Academy cadets have returned to campus for the first time since early March to prepare for summer training assignments across the country.
- Marine achieves childhood dream of becoming an astronaut
(We Are The Mighty)
An active-duty Marine is among the newest class of astronauts eligible for NASA missions to the moon and beyond.
- West Point grads' letter to class of 2020 calls out one of its most powerful alumni: Esper
On the eve of their graduation from the United States Military Academy, a group of hundreds of West Point graduates published a letter Thursday rebuking the politicization of the military.
- 90 days later, VA has more than 1,400 COVID-19 deaths and cases continue to rise
As America passes the 90-day mark since the president declared a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, cases and deaths at the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to increase as the mammoth healthcare system prepares to reopen some hospitals.
- Veterans experience hope and healing through partnerships
The National Hospice and Palliative Care is collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs to care for veterans at the end of life.
- 'Give me a chance to be seen’ — Navy vet shares his struggle of being black in America
(Task and Purpose)
Over the years, I've allowed myself to welcome diversity with open arms. I appreciate and cherish that portion of my life.
Military Family News
- Son of legendary soldier Alwyn Cashe follows in his father’s footsteps
(Task and Purpose)
While the campaign to upgrade his father’s Silver Star to a Medal of Honor continues, one young recruit prepares to embark on his own Army career.
- 6 Things You Can Do to Prep for Your Pandemic PCS
We’re headed into a PCS season like no other ever before. Seriously, we’re about to move in the middle of an actual pandemic. So, that’s cool.
- What I wish I knew before marrying my military spouse
(We Are The Mighty)
Ten military spouses agreed to speak candidly about aspects of military life – from moving to education – that they wish they would have known before marrying their spouse.
- NASCAR bans Confederate flags from all racetracks
In a statement late Wednesday, NASCAR decreed the presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to their commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all and will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.
- Double-lung transplant on COVID-19 patient offers hope for others
A Hispanic woman in her 20s has become the first person in the United States to receive a double-lung transplant for COVID-19, offering hope for other critically-ill coronavirus patients, her doctor said Thursday.
- Loving Day: June 12 marks Supreme Court interracial marriage decision
Friday, June 12 marks the anniversary of the monumental Supreme Court decision in Loving vs. Virginia which struck down state bans against interracial marriage.
- How to Build a Great Relationship with a Mentor
(Harvard Business Review)
The research on the power of mentorship is pretty clear: People with mentors perform better, advance in their careers faster, and even experience more work-life satisfaction.
- NASA rover to search for water on Moon, help astronauts "live off the land"
(Stars and Stripes)
Unlike the Apollo missions, where astronauts visited the moon and then returned home, NASA is now working toward creating a permanent presence there under a program it calls "Artemis," complete with systems that would help astronauts "live off the land."
- Dow sinks 1,800 as virus cases rise, deflating optimism
Dow loses 1,800 points, almost 7%, as an increase in coronavirus cases punctures optimism that the economy can recover quickly.
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