The TAPS Daily - June 26, 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.
- Coronavirus: U.S. hits record high in daily cases
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said up to 20 million Americans total may have been infected with coronavirus during pandemic thus far.
- Grim COVID-19 milestones for Veterans Affairs: 20,000 cases, 1,500 deaths in the last 100 days
The Department of Veterans Affairs this week reached a series of new, grim milestones related to the coronavirus pandemic, including topping 20,000 cases since the nationwide crisis began.
- Trump administration urges end to ACA as pandemic surges
As coronavirus cases rise in more than half of the states, the Trump administration is urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
- Appeals court rules use of military funding for Trump border wall construction 'unlawful'
A federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration does not have the authority to use military funding to pay for construction of a border wall.
- The Marine Corps Marathon is still on for now. But there will be less time to finish.
(Stars & Stripes)
COVID-19 will not stop you from ‘Running with the Marines’ this year. You just have to run faster.
- AWOL “Russian spy whale” is now living his best life in Scandinavia
A beluga whale purported to have been a Russian spy has found a new home in Scandinavia where he frequently interacts with locals who have named him, Hvaldimir.
TAPS In the News
- We're All in This Together - COVID-19 Resources for American Public
Resources and support to help anyone facing the impacts of COVID-19.
- TAPS COVID-19 Response - Support for Military Families of the Fallen
TAPS ongoing 24/7 support for surviving military families now facing challenges of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Government and Partner Resource Update
Learn more about access to and impacts on your government benefits during COVID-19.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
- TAPS Magazine - Summer 2020
The summer edition of TAPS Magazine with stories and messages from across the TAPS Family.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Retired Gen. Joseph Dunford is leading candidate for chair of coronavirus relief oversight commission: Sources
Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford is the leading candidate to be named chair of the Congressional Oversight Commission.
- Mobilized Maryland National Guard Soldiers Miss June Paychecks
Maryland National Guard troops activated for COVID-19 response and civil unrest went without June paychecks in a series of administrative failures.
- 'Brandon Act' Would Give Troops a Safe Word to Access Mental Health Care
A bill introduced by Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) and named in honor of a young sailor would make it easier for service members to seek mental health care anonymously.
- 90,000 VA workers would get paid parental leave under defense budget plan
A measure included in the defense authorization bill would extend Paid Parental Leave to all staffers at VA and a few other agencies “inadvertently omitted” from the original policy change.
- Should spouses get to contribute to troops' retirement savings accounts? Debate set to begin.
Lawmakers want defense officials to look into whether allowing military spouses to contribute to their service members’ Thrift Savings Plan could help improve family finances.
- Bill Would Create New Dangerous Dog Rules for Military Bases
An amendment in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act would require a single standardized policy for governing aggressive dog breeds on military bases.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- PTSD Awareness Day: Talking About a Silent Disorder
PTSD Awareness Day, June 27, is a great opportunity to talk with family and friends and learn more about this disorder and how it affects those around us, particularly our service members.
- Help Raise PTSD Awareness
June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day. Help spread the word that effective treatments are available for the over 8 million people in the United States who suffer from post traumatic stress
- Art Allows Expression When There are No Words
A military survivor's passion for art was reawakened after losing his son. Now, acrylic pouring is one way he honors his son and finds joy and healing.
- 2 Navy ships set record for consecutive days at sea amid COVID-19 pandemic
(Task & Purpose)
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS San Jacinto have spent 161 straight days at sea setting a new Naval record for consecutive days at sea as they avoid making port because of coronavirus.
- 'Stay Vigilant' Against COVID-19, Army Leaders Say
The Army is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases and is expected to surpass Navy numbers.
- Army halts MWR at Afghanistan base, orders contractors to leave to prevent virus spread
(Stars & Stripes)
The military has ordered contractors in Afghanistan to leave as part of coronavirus prevention measures, forcing the closure of Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities.
- Remains of six service members killed in Korean War are on their way to US soil
(Stars & Stripes)
The remains of six service members who fought and died under the United Nations Command during the Korean War left South Korea for Hawaii following a repatriation ceremony Friday.
- Gen. (R) Martin E. Dempsey on Following and Leading
(War on the Rocks)
TAPS Board Member, Gen. (Ret.) Martin Dempsey, talks about new book, leadership, and more.
- How Alzheimer's and brain injuries affect veterans' families
Veterans have increased rates of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, both of which are statistically more likely with traumatic brain injury.
- Caregiving for Military Veterans
The care of our post-war veterans had been in and out of the headlines before the pandemic, but one missing part of the dialogue was an equally important topic: the family caregivers of veterans.
- An Air Force vet scored the first Super Bowl touchdown ever
(We Are The Mighty)
This Air Force pilot caught a pass one-handed to score NFL’s first ever Super Bowl touchdown.
Military Family News
- A Legacy of Service - A Mission of Honor
President of American Gold Star Mothers shares how we move forward as a survivor while honoring the service and sacrifice of our military heroes.
- Family of Gregory Morales fights to have military burial
The family of Gregory Morales, the Fort Hood soldier whose remains were found last week, is seeking help to clear his name and bury him with military funeral honors.
- Fauci says task force 'seriously considering' new testing strategy
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said Friday that the White House coronavirus task force is "seriously considering" pool testing for COVID-19 and acknowledged to The Washington Post that the Trump administration's current testing strategy has proven inadequate.
- Meet Ace, PenFed's service dog in-training
In partnership with America’s VetDogs, Ace, a yellow Labrador Retriever, will be raised to assist a military veteran or first responder with a disability.
- NASA is offering $35,000 in prizes to design a toilet that will work on the moon
NASA wants you to help put the loo in lunar, so it's offering $35,000 in prizes to design a toilet that can be used on the moon.
- NBA announces finalized plan for restarting the 2019-2020 season
The NBA announced its season will resume on July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with stringent health and safety protocols. The NBA is a supporter of teams4taps.
- American Airlines to resume full-capacity flights starting July 1 amid coronavirus pandemic
(FOX 5 DC)
American Airlines flights may become more crowded starting next month. The airline announced Friday that it will be booking flights to capacity starting July 1.
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