The TAPS Daily - June 17, 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.
- White House Unveils Roadmap Aiming to End Veterans Suicide Crisis
TAPS was present at the White House as the PREVENTS task force unveiled a long-awaited plan to address the problem of veterans' suicides -- a "roadmap" that includes suicide prevention training across professions, a public awareness campaign, community partnerships and promotion of safe storage of weapons for firearms owners.
- 'I could fill an ocean with the tears': Wife of crashed F-15 pilot mourns his loss
(Air Force Times)
The heartbroken wife of a pilot killed when a US F-15 fighter plane crashed into the North Sea has today vowed to "love him for eternity".
- The essential coronavirus FAQ
Read this guide on what we know about coronavirus, from scientists, doctors and public health experts — a resource that changes alongside our understanding of the virus.
- 7 ways to feel happier during the coronavirus pandemic
A new poll found Americans are the unhappiest they've been in 50 years, but there are ways to feel happier — even during a global pandemic.
- WWII Rangers One Step Closer to Congressional Gold Medal
A bill passed unanimously in the Senate to award the Army Rangers who took part in the D-Day invasion with a Congressional Gold Medal.
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Government Relations / Benefits
- Tricare Dental Is Giving You More Insurance for Free
The Tricare Dental Plan (TDP) is giving its policyholders an extra $300 to spend on dental care this year as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency.
- Veterans Affairs Hospitals Prepare for Second COVID-19 Wave
Department of Veterans Affairs health leaders are preparing for a second wave of the coronavirus, coupled with complicated, lengthy recovery for some patients already infected with the virus.
Grief / Trauma / Mental Health
- How to Cope When COVID Steals Loving Touch, Hugs
Understanding the reason why we can’t hug and touch those we love during this pandemic is one thing. Dealing with the effects of that are still proving very difficult for many.
- How PTSD went from 'shell-shock' to a recognized medical diagnosis
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder have been recorded for millennia, but it took more than a century for physicians to classify it as a disorder with a specific treatment.
- Kate Middleton Opens Up About Mental Health with Students
In her lesson to students across the U.K., the Duchess of Cambridge discussed the importance of self-care and opening up about your feelings.
- Virus, racism pose more mental health risks for black Americans
The twin challenges of a pandemic and systemic racism pose a problem as mental health providers are in shortage.
- How To Find A Therapist Who Focuses On Black Mental Health
It's hard to find a therapist who can address racial trauma, anxiety and more. This brief guide can help.
- If You're Grieving Right Now, Here Are 5 Shows That Get It
In this difficult time, television shows have emerged as a surprising resource, with important examples of how people process grief and handle journeys of loss.
- VA enhances mental health treatment with measurement based care
Mental health treatment can be complicated, and adjustments are often needed to make it as effective as possible.
- Marine Raider dies in airborne training accident in Georgia
(Marine Corps Times)
A Marine Raider died Tuesday during a training accident at the U.S. Army’s Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, a press release from Marine Forces Special Operations Command said Wednesday.
- As soldiers deploy amid pandemic, they fight 2 battles
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Defense has been forced to adapt quickly to comply with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, while maintaining military personnel in a constant state of readiness.
- Senator Who Used to Fly Black Hawks Calls for Answers on Army Helicopter Probe
Former Army UH-60 Blackhawk pilot and Senate Armed Services Committee member Tammy Duckworth told the Army's top official this week that she wanted to know who is responsible for the use of low-flying helicopters to suppress crowds of protesters in Washington, D.C.
- Army Reserve Commander Suspended Amid Investigation
The U.S. Army Reserve suspended the commander of an Illinois-based unit Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that unit officers mishandled sexual misconduct complaints and retaliated against a whistleblower.
- Army Names Top Nine MOSs Offering Big Signing Bonuses for New Recruits
The U.S. Army plans to offer hefty bonuses -- some up to $40,000 -- to new recruits who sign up for nine skill specialties the service still needs to recruit before the end of the fiscal year.
- Better-fitting female body armor considered for the 2021 defense budget
Thanks to the few women veterans in Congress, a provision for better-fitting female body armor was included in the Senate's draft version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.
- SECDEF has beef with the military's entrance exam
At a time when less than 30 percent of American youth are qualified to join the military ― and less than 1 percent are even interested ― the Pentagon’s top official wants to know whether decades-old accessions standards are still serving the force well.
- From nursing to newspapers, these were the women of Vietnam
(We Are The Mighty)
While women made strides during World War II and Korea to be integrated into the military, Vietnam felt like a step backward as the military initially resisted sending women into any career field to Vietnam.
- This is the only Seabee to receive the Medal of Honor
(We Are The Mighty)
In their 75 years building, fighting and serving on every continent – even Antarctica – only one Navy Seabee has been bestowed with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor in combat.
- How a SOCOM Integration Model Can Make Civilian Workplaces Veteran-Friendly
The hardest veterans to reach are the ones who spend most of their time commuting to work, working all day and then commuting home. How can these veterans get the support and resources they need, when most of their time is spent supporting themselves and their families?
Military Family News
- Couple creates four acre field of flowers in memory of late son who served in Afghanistan
A couple from Michigan has been maintaining a field of poppies on their farm after losing their combat veteran son to PTSD in 2015.
- Financial stress continues to impact restaurant industry despite reopenings: Restaurant Impossible Host
TAPS honorary board member, Chef Robert Irvine, discusses how restaurants and businesses can reopen while helping to keep their employees and customers safe and healthy.
- These Pictures Show What It's Like To Survive COVID-19
The Coronavirus Survivor Diaries project, an ongoing documentary series that shares the faces and stories of those who have survived COVID-19.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.