The TAPS Daily - June 19, 2020


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Today's Highlights

 

  1. Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass named Air Force’s 19th Chief Master Sergeant
    (United States Air Force)
    Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass was selected June 19 to become the 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, becoming the first woman in history to serve as the highest ranking non-commissioned member of a U.S. military service.
  2. Father’s Day: How To Cope When It’s Tough To Celebrate
    (Huffington Post)
    Father’s Day is not a joy-filled occasion for everyone. The holiday can bring up painful emotions for anyone who has lost a dad, has a turbulent relationship with him or struggles with other forms of trauma related to fatherhood.
  3. The military’s rate of new coronavirus cases doubled this week
    (Military Times)
    The Defense Department’s rate of new COVID-19 diagnoses shot up again this week, for the fifth week in a row, with 1,793 new cases ― a 16-percent increase, versus 9 percent the previous week.
  4. Juneteenth marks a momentous occasion for the military, too
    (Military Times)
    Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day — June 19 goes by many names. None are more famous than “Juneteenth.” On this day in 1865, Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery.
  5. How to minimize long-term effects of PTSD from COVID-19 pandemic
    (News4Jax)
    Research shows people quarantined for longer than 10 days show significantly higher post-traumatic stress symptoms than those isolated for a shorter period of time. June is PTSD Awareness Month.
  6. Lawmakers urge VA Sec to replace controversial Veterans Affairs motto, halt plans for plaques
    (Connecting Vets)
    Lawmakers are calling for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to replace what they call an "outdated" and "exclusionary" VA motto and halt plans to memorialize it in bronze at all national veteran cemeteries across the country.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

  • Trump rolls out national plan to address veteran suicides
    (ABC News)
    President Donald Trump and his administration on Wednesday rolled out the general contours of a plan to prevent military veterans and other Americans from dying by suicide, including increasing public awareness, improving training in workplaces and revamping how data on suicides is collected and used. Kim Ruocco, TAPS Vice-President Suicide Prevention and Postvention, is quoted in the article.
  • Senators propose bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday
    (NBC News)
    Juneteenth is currently recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia as a state holiday or observance. Senators on Friday announced legislation to make Juneteenth, a widely observed holiday that marks the federal order to free slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, a national holiday.

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

  • The Crisis of COVID-19 for Military Caregivers
    (Military.com)
    Even before this pandemic, most of America's 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers -- the spouses, mothers, dads and other loved ones caring for our wounded warriors at home -- lacked a meaningful support network. Now, the novel coronavirus pandemic has struck our country hard and turned their already chaotic worlds upside down.
  • World War II forces sweetheart singer Vera Lynn dies at 103
    (Military Times)
    Dame Vera Lynn, the endearingly popular “Forces’ Sweetheart” who serenaded British troops during World War II, has died at 103.
  • 3 Black service members who helped shape U.S. history
    (Task & Purpose)
    From the American Revolution and beyond, Black service members have had an irreplaceable role in the trajectory and success of the United States military.

 

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