The TAPS Daily - June 25, 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.
- CDC: Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than known
Nearly 25 million Americans may have contracted the coronavirus, a figure ten times higher than the number of confirmed cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
- The coronavirus pandemic has moved into younger populations in U.S., CDC says
The coronavirus pandemic has moved into younger populations across much of the U.S., a change that could mean less serious illness and lower rates of death.
- A lack of child care is keeping women on unemployment rolls
A lack of child care amid the coronavirus pandemic is keeping many parents from returning to work — threatening to erode decades of gains for women in the workplace.
- NASA names HQ for 'Hidden Figure' Mary W. Jackson, agency's first Black woman engineer
NASA has named its Washington, D.C., headquarters for Mary W. Jackson, the first Black woman engineer at the space agency whose contributions were celebrated in the movie "Hidden Figures."
- Kentucky Derby Rescheduled To September, Will Take Place With Fans
The most famous horse racing event, usually held in May, will now take place in the fall.
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Government Relations / Benefits
- Senators' Bill Expands VA Benefits to More Vietnam Veterans
The "Forgotten Vietnam Veterans Act" would expand benefits to veterans who served in the Vietnam War but were ineligible for assistance due to disagreement between DoD and VA on dates of war.
- GI Bill Update - Colmery Act Section 107 Recertification
New Section 107 FAQs are available to assist schools with the recertification process in accordance with the Colmery Act.
- U.S. sent $1.4bn of pandemic aid to dead people
The U.S. Treasury mistakenly sent more than $1.4 billion in stimulus funds to dead people, government inspectors have found.
- After Years of Decline, the Military's Commissary System Just Had Its Highest Sales Day Ever
Between an influx of veterans newly granted access to military resale stores and the coronavirus pandemic, DoD commissary stores saw a 26% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2020.
Grief / Trauma / Mental Health
- New Study Sees Unprecedented Trauma from the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic could inflict long-lasting psychological trauma on an unprecedented scale, according to a study being done by researchers from Case Western Reserve University.
- Living with PTSD
(We Are The Mighty)
June 27 has been set aside as PTSD Awareness Day to call attention to this disorder and how much it affects the lives of those who have suffered traumatic experiences.
- What Triggers Trauma And PTSD? How To Cope With Traumatic Triggers
Better understanding what PTSD triggers look like, how to cope with them, and how current events—like the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism—could lead to PTSD.
- Employers: Is Your Workplace Trauma-Informed?
The workplace should be a source of support and even respite from the stressors present in the world today, offering information and resources to help employees cope with trauma.
- 30 gifts for someone dealing with grief
Current circumstances make losing a loved one even more complicated and isolating than usual. So what should we do or give to help someone grieving to cope?
- It's Official: The Army Is Getting Rid of Officer Promotion Photos to Help Eliminate Bias
In a memo dated Wednesday and signed by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville, the service announced that use of the photos would be suspended as of August 1.
- Death of Malmstrom airman under investigation
(Air Force Times)
An airman from the 741st Maintenance Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana was declared dead Monday night, and his death is under investigation by local law enforcement.
- Pentagon Identifies U.S. Soldier Who Died in Jordan
The Defense Department announced Wednesday that Spc. Nick Bravo Regules, 20, from Largo, Florida, died Tuesday from a non-combat-related incident while stationed in Jordan.
- Marine Corps Celebrates Gay Pride, Shutting Down Trolls In The Process
(Task and Purpose)
The Marine Corps celebrated Pride Month with a special image supporting the diversity of their warfighters.
- Meet the British Royal Marine awarded a Bronze Star by the U.S. Marine Corps
(Marine Corps Times)
The U.S. Marine Corps awarded a British Royal Marine a Bronze Star for his “instrumental” role as an operations officer with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan.
- Navy Working Dog Donates Blood to Save Air Force Canine Colleague
When an Air Force working dog suffering a heat injury in Saudi Arabia needed a blood transfusion, he got it from a Navy dog named Army, in a joint service life-saving effort.
- New Mexico cases near 11,000 as vets call for posts to open
The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other organizations are putting pressure on New Mexico’s governor to allow veterans' posts to open even as cases of COVID-19 spike.
- Report: 'Baffling' errors at veterans home where 76 died amid COVID-19 outbreak
Leadership made several “utterly baffling” decisions that helped the coronavirus run rampant at a veterans home, killing nearly 80 residents, according to a report released Wednesday.
- Some veterans are now on DIY kidney dialysis at the Pittsburgh VA
Veterans in Pittsburgh can now do their own kidney dialysis and avoid exposure to COVID-19.
- Marine veteran and paralympic legend Angela Madsen dies while rowing across the Pacific
(Task & Purpose)
Marine veteran Angela Madsen, who won the bronze medal in shot put at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, has died while trying to row solo across the Pacific.
- Army Vet Eddie Kasko, Star Infielder and Red Sox Manager, Dies at 88
Korean War era veteran and Major League Baseball All-Star, Eddie Kasko, died Wednesday.
Military Family News
- Military child care starts limited reopenings. Which children will get in?
Defense officials have issued guidance for the phased reopening of child development programs in the era of coronavirus, along with general priorities for who gets the limited available spaces.
- 5 Ways Parenting Changes when your Child Joins the Army
(We Are The Mighty)
Parenting changes in unexpected ways when your child joins the Army as their hard work, dedication, and patriotism, inspire you to be your best.
- How to help the kids cope with a pandemic PCS move
(Task and Purpose)
Some steps to help your family prepare for a PCS move during the pandemic.
- Who would be the first to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
The World Health Organization is drafting guidelines for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Disney rebrands 'Splash Mountain' ride with first Black princess
"Splash Mountain" at Disney theme parks will be rebranded with a film featuring the company's first African-American princess after petitions drew attention to the ride theme’s racist history.
- The pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-sports
Video games are no longer just entertainment and gamers can hold big tournaments without infecting anyone.
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