The TAPS Daily - June 22, 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. Active coronavirus cases among VA patients jump 36 percent in a week
    (Military Times)
    VA officials reported 2,332 active cases of the fast-spreading illness among patients at 129 department medical centers across the country. That’s up more than 500 cases in the last week alone, and 68 percent higher than the department’s low of 1,390 active cases at the end of May.
  2. Breaking the Silence as a Survivor of Murder-Suicide Loss
    (TAPS)
    A surviving daughter shares how she found purpose from the murder-suicide death of her parents to help others understand the realities and people behind this rare final act.
  3. Nominee to Lead National Guard Sees Bigger Role in Quelling Civil Unrest
    (Military.com)
    At his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing last week, Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson stressed the Guard's growing mission to de-escalate violence by backing up local law enforcement.
  4. Webinar: PTSD and its Effects on Military-Connected Children
    (Military Child Education Coalition)
    Join Dr. Stephen Cozza and the Military Child Coalition for a free webinar on Tuesday, June 23 on the impact of PTSD on military children.
  5. Korean War: 70 Years Later 'Forgotten' Conflict Still Fresh for Veterans
    (Military.com)
    The United States commemorates the 70th anniversary of when the Korean War started on June 25, 1950.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

  • Trump rolls out national plan to address veteran suicides
    (WCSJ)
    Kim Ruocco, a vice president for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a group that supports those who have lost loved ones in the military to suicide, told ABC News the plan represented "a good starting point."
  • TAPS News Archive
    Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page. 

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

  • Troops would see 3% pay raise, more child care  family support programs under House plan
    (Military Times)
    Troops would see a 3.0 percent pay raise, more child care options at bases with 24-hour duty shifts, and a new basic needs allowance for low-income military families under a House draft of the annual defense budget policy bill to be released next week.
  • Senators Seek Proper Care for Those Exposed to Burn Pits During Coronavirus Pandemic
    (duckworth.senate.gov)
    Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), sent a bipartisan letter to the Departments of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) urging the Administration to take immediate action to help ensure servicemembers and Veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances receive the care they need during the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, the Senators introduced the bipartisan “Pandemic Care for Burn Pits Exposure Act”, which TAPS is supporting.
  • 4 Common PCS Entitlement Questions Answered
    (Military.com)
    Do you have questions about your PCS entitlements? The money -- how much it is and how to get it -- that comes with a permanent change of station (PCS) move can be confusing. Here are some answers to the most common PCS money questions.

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Survivor News

Military Family News

  • Military Aid Societies Offer Assistance for 'Crisis Schooling' Expenses
    (Military.com)
    During the past few months of pandemic restrictions, many resources normally accessible to military spouses and their families have been unavailable or hard to find. With offices closed and phones going unanswered, there's been a struggle to find answers and support. But some programs have adapted well.
  • Author traces family’s MIA journey through Laos
    (We Are The Mighty)
    "What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family's Search for Answers" is a deeply personal memoir testifying to the incredible strength of military families whose loved ones died in service or remain missing.

 

TAPS In the News

Other News

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