The TAPS Daily - June 12, 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.


Top 5 News Items

Today's Highlights

 

  1. Defense Department COVID-19 cases continue on an upswing
    (Military Times)
    There were nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases diagnosed among troops, civilians, dependents and contractors with the Defense Department this week, according to the latest data reported by the Joint Staff.
  2. Veterans: Frontline Concerns
    (Washington Post)
    Tuesday June 16, the Toxic Exposures in The American Military Coalition will participate in a Washington Post Live event with celebrity activist Jon Stewart, Senator Thom Tillis, and Congressman Raul Ruiz, Maryland to discuss the impact of toxic exposures on military veterans. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is proud to be a part of the coalition.
  3. Face masks with windows mean more than smiles to deaf people
    (ABC News)
    Face coverings to curb the spread of the coronavirus are making it hard for people who read lips to communicate. So entrepreneurs are creating masks with plastic windows for hearing people to wear, allowing lip readers to see mouths move.
  4. U.S. passport processing resumes as centers first tackle a coronavirus backlog
    (Stars and Stripes)
    The State Department has resumed processing U.S. passports to clear a backlog of 1.7 million pending applications before it can start tackling new requests, officials said Friday.
  5. Naval Aviation Schools Command CO and fellow Navy pilot killed in private plane crash
    (Navy Times)
    The head of the Navy’s Aviation Schools Command and a fellow Navy aviator were killed Wednesday after a private plane they were flying in crashed near Selma, Alabama, officials confirmed Friday.
  6. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Employees Deliver U.S. Flags to Funeral Home to Honor Departed Veterans
    (DVIDS)
    Flag Day is June 14. Learn about how one employee group that began an initiative to deliver U.S. flags as part of its Retire Your Flag Program in 2016. The flags collected are draped over a fallen veteran at the time of cremation, a tribute to their service and a patriotic way to honor them.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

  • Speech-based markers identify PTSD with 89 percent accuracy
    (Connecting Vets)
    Post-traumatic stress disorder can be difficult to identify and diagnose because no objective test exists — diagnosis depends on clinical interviews and self-reporting. But according to researchers at New York University, there might be a better way.
  • PTSD — Finding healthy ways to cope in crisis
    (Loma Linda University)
    Understanding the diagnosis of PTSD is important, and experts say taking care of your mental health during a crisis is the best way to minimize more detrimental long-term effects.
  • Racial trauma can leave black people with PTSD symptoms
    (Courier Journal)
    Psychological science suggests that people who experience race-based stress and trauma frequently have similar experiences to people who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
  • Chronic PTSD Linked to Altered REM Sleep Without Atonia
    (Medscape)
    Patients with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk for altered REM sleep without atonia (RSWA) - the normal temporary paralysis of arms and legs that occurs during REM sleep.
  • Why Lockdown Has Triggered Complex PTSD For Some People
    (Refinery 29)
    We are hearing from survivors who are experiencing heightened symptoms of PTSD under lockdown. These include hypervigilance, emotional numbness, vivid dreaming or nightmares and flashbacks.
  • Joe Biden's Secret Weapon Is Grief
    (The Nation)
    The presumptive Democratic nominee has a gift for empathy that can help him win the election. But will a mourner in chief be able to govern?
  • Grieving the loss of your lifestyle amid COVID-19 pandemic
    (KSAT 12)
    As we come out of isolation, there’s another emotion we are going to feel -- anticipatory grief. It’s a feeling of not knowing what to expect or what we are going to lose in the future. It’s something everyone will need to work through to move on.

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Survivor News

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