The TAPS Daily - June 24, 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. coronavirus cases at highest level since April
The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is the highest it has been since the height of the pandemic two months ago, as several states around the country experience spikes in cases.
- MLB announces 60-game season for 2020; Opening Day will be July 23 or 24
Major League Baseball is set to return. The MLB Players Association (MLBPA) informed the league Tuesday that players will comply with the outline for a 60-game 2020 season. MLB has supported the TAPS sports program, teams4taps.
- FCC to vote in July to make '988' the suicide hotline number
Federal regulators will vote on whether to make “988” the number to reach a suicide prevention hotline. Experts say the three-digit number will be a breakthrough that helps people in crisis.
- New York City Marathon canceled because of coronavirus
The world’s largest marathon was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, with organizers and city officials deciding that holding the race on Nov. 1 would be too risky. Team TAPS has run in honor of fallen heroes in prior NYC Marathons.
- Your friendly neighbor Jim Mattis wants you to wear a face mask
(Task & Purpose)
Jim Mattis wants you... to wear a face mask during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic so we can beat this "little bugger."
TAPS In the News
- Video: Mystical Experiences of the Dying and Bereaved
Video recording discussion on how religious and cultural influences may affect extraordinary experiences of deathbed visions, near-death journeys and after-death communications.
- TAPS Magazine - Summer 2020
The summer edition of TAPS Magazine with stories and messages from across the TAPS Family that honor our fallen heroes, reflect our resilience, and offer encouragement.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Pentagon Quietly Moves to Make CBD Use a Criminal Offense for Troops
U.S. troops can now be punished for using products that contain hemp or cannabidiol, according to a Defense Department memo recently made public.
- Pentagon to Retirees: Plan Now for Tricare Select Enrollment Fees in 2021
Military retirees under age 65 who use Tricare Select for their health care will start paying enrollment fees beginning next year, Defense Department officials announced Tuesday.
- Senate passes bill making nation's parks and public lands free for disabled veterans
Recent passage of the “Wounded Veterans Recreation Act” by the Senate brings disabled veterans one step closer to free, lifetime entry into the nation’s national parks and other federal lands.
- Senators: Rename Military Bases Honoring Confederacy Within One Year
A group of senators introduced a standalone bill this week that would require the Pentagon to remove all references honoring the Confederacy within one year.
- Proposed overhaul of veterans preference in hiring includes time limits, reduced advantage
Advocates pushing for an overhaul to the federal veterans preference hiring rules insist broadening eligibility but limiting program use benefits job seekers and department managers.
Grief / Trauma / Mental Health
- Some cyberbullies show signs of PTSD, according to a UK study
Cyberbullying is linked to a variety of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, not only in victims but cyberbullies as well, according to a new study of over 2,000 UK teens.
- Three Ways to Address Guilt When You’re Grieving
Guilt is common in grief but may be even more common during COVID-19.
- All the ways coronavirus-related stress could be showing up in your body
Understanding why our bodies are reacting in these ways can help us develop strategies to prevent stress from getting under our skin.
- Hospital Chaplains Grapple With COVID-19's 'Tsunami' Of Grief
Six chaplains share stories from the spiritual front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
- 'America lost a son and patriot': U.S. Marine killed in parachute jump found purpose in service
(Marine Corps Times)
As a small-town high school sports star, Wolf Weninger left his native Ohio to play college football but by age 23 found himself searching for a purpose. He found that in the Marine Corps.
- Hundreds of D.C. National Guard troops activated to help protect monuments
The District of Columbia National Guard has activated about 400 troops to stand watch around downtown D.C., a spokesman has confirmed.
- Wisconsin Guard tops 150,000 COVID-19 specimens collected
(Air National Guard)
Wisconsin National Guard teams hit a major milestone this week having collected more than 150,000 COVID-19 test specimens across the state in support of stopping the spread of the virus.
- Miramar Air Show in California canceled over virus concerns
(Marine Corps Times)
This year’s Miramar Air Show in Southern California, billed as the world’s largest military air display, has been canceled over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
- No Ma'am: Pentagon down to just handful of women appointees, spotlighting history of inequality
By July 10, only three of the top sixty Department of Defense spots will be filled by women who were appointed by the Trump administration.
- Rural, Minority Veterans Lack Internet for VA Telehealth
As the Department of Veterans Affairs leans on telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, many veterans struggle with lack of internet and virtual technology to access that care.
- Through surf therapy, local veterans build community
Surf therapy is helping veterans ease symptoms of anxiety and depression while building bonds with the local community.
- Veterans, families push for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home rebuild
A group of veterans and families associated with the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, site of one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the country, are advocating for the facility to be partially rebuilt.
- Only woman to receive Medal of Honor celebrated at exhibit in Tennessee
(Stars and Stripes)
A new exhibit titled "Dr. Mary Walker: Surgeon, Spy and Patriot" opens in Chattanooga, Tennessee, honoring the only female Medal of Honor recipient.
Military Family News
- Military families lose about $5,000 out of pocket for each PCS move, survey finds
Survey results show military officials need to provide more information to families about actual costs of moving, improve the reimbursement process, and compensate fairly for loss and damage.
- Military Child Education Coalition: free resources for Veteran families
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) has a number of free-of-charge online tools that can assist and encourage students, parents and educators.
- George R.R. Martin says he is making progress on new Game of Thrones book due to COVID-19
Here's one OK thing to come out of this awful, world-wide pandemic: we may finally be getting a new "Game of Thrones" book.
- 10 ways to help others during the coronavirus outbreak
As social distancing becomes the norm, here are 10 tips to boost solidarity.
- Disney World workers petition to delay reopening as COVID-19 cases spike
More than 7,000 people signed a petition calling on Disney executives and Florida officials to reevaluate their plan to reopen Disney World amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the state.
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