The TAPS Daily - June 29, 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.
- Lawmakers demand answers on reports of Russian bounties for American military lives
House leaders are demanding an emergency briefing on reports of Russian officials offering bounties on U.S. troops, saying the president either should have known or should have been told.
- Arlington National Cemetery loosens some restrictions on military funerals
(Stars & Stripes)
More people will be allowed to attend funerals at Arlington National Cemetery starting Monday as the site moves to the next step of its phased reopening.
- This former Knicks center ditched the NBA to lead an Army infantry platoon
(Task & Purpose)
Lt. Marshall Plumlee is the youngest of three brothers who have all played in the NBA. But he ditched his basketball career almost two years ago for the U.S. Army.
- Coronavirus: Worst is still to come on pandemic, WHO chief warns
More than 10 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded worldwide and the World Health Organization is warning the worst is still to come if right policies are not implemented.
- The virus that shut down the world
(Stars & Stripes)
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 could become a lost decade of travel, trade, investment and migration as decades of globalization give way to a new era of global distancing.
- Doctors Call For Reopening Schools Despite Coronavirus Crisis
The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for reopening of schools in the fall, stating the dangers of social isolation for children far outweigh their risks for coronavirus..
- Coronavirus: The 17 U.S. states where you must wear a face mask or face penalties
(We Are The Mighty)
As coronavirus cases continue to climb across the country, more state officials have made the use of masks or face coverings mandatory in public.
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 News Archive
- Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Here is everything that goes away when coronavirus benefits end in July
The CARES Act benefits that helped many Americans with economic hardships during the coronavirus pandemic are set to expire within weeks.
- VA supports 988 expansion for National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line, Veterans Crisis Line
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today their support for the Suicide Prevention 988 national three-digit emergency telephone number to access crisis call centers across the country.
- Massachusetts veterans’ cemeteries to resume services after COVID-19 suspension
(Stars & Stripes)
The state Department of Veterans’ Services announced committal services at veterans cemeteries will resume on Friday, more than 3 months after they were suspended because of COVID-19.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Empathy can be strengthened, and it's time to do it
Empathy is crucial for conflict resolution and understanding and bonding with others. Here's how to strengthen the skill and practice it in your everyday life.
- Coronavirus: Survivors 'at risk of PTSD'
People who were seriously ill in the hospital with coronavirus need to be urgently screened for post-traumatic stress disorder, leading doctors say.
- Coronavirus takes emotional toll, health workers suffer PTSD
Health-care workers are fighting a new battle regarding their mental health due to COVID-19.
- Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health
Checking your phone for an extra two hours every night won’t stop the apocalypse—but it could stop you from being psychologically prepared for it.
- Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in U.S. Troops Emerges at Kuwaiti Air Base
Several U.S. personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 at Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base in Kuwait.
- Human Remains Discovered Near Ft. Hood
A second set of human remains have been discovered in a field near Fort Hood over the weekend within walking distance of where the remains of Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales were found last week.
- More fragments from 1952 Air Force plane crash found in Alaska glacier
(Air Force Times)
The race is on to identify remains of as many service members as possible from a 1952 aviation accident in Alaska before a glacier dumps plane wreckage into Lake George.
- Pentagon to provide 1,700 troops, aircraft and other support to Independence Day festivities
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has approved a request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America Independence Day celebration.
- Naval Academy Prepares for Induction Day and Plebe Summer
The Naval Academy began to admit plebes Monday, a semblance of normalcy during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Officer from Scott AFB dies after being found unconscious in pool
(Air Force Times)
An Air Force officer assigned to Scott Air Force Base died Friday after he was found unconscious at a base swimming pool according to a news release from the 375th Air Mobility Wing.
- U.S. Marine Drowns At Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
(Task & Purpose)
A Camp Lejeune Marine died on Wednesday after a drowning accident near base.
- Veterans serve on the home front in COVID-19 battle
Many veterans with experience in managing mass casualty situations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as responding to natural disasters such as hurricanes are helping fight against coronavirus.
- 'I had to go through that dark period' ― 5 Insights from a Medal of Honor recipient
Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg talks about the struggles that come from being wounded in battle ― and the elevation to the status of national “hero” for his actions.
Military Family News
- Air Force Spouse Creates Face Masks for People With Disabilities
An Air Force spouse has designed face masks with a clear covering that allows wearers’ mouths to be visible, helping them to communicate not only with words, but with emotions as well.
- Attorney for family of missing soldier calls on Congress to launch investigation
The family of missing soldier, PFC Vanessa Guillen, has called on Congress to launch an inquiry into Fort Hood command’s lack of transparency and help.
- Broadway To Remain Closed For The Rest Of The Year
Broadway shows will remain closed until at least January 3, 2021 according to an announcement from the Broadway League. Ticket holders will be able to get refunds or exchanges for a future date.
- Amazon giving $500 million in one-time bonuses to front-line workers as a 'thank you'
Amazon is giving out a "Thank You bonus" to front-line workers in recognition of work done during the pandemic. Shop Amazon Smiles and select TAPS as your charity of choice.
- Stuck working from home? Here's how to make it more comfortable
Tips to help set you up for work-from-home success—feel free to customize to your heart’s content.
- 15 best backyard games for the whole family
Ready for fun in the sun? Here are the best backyard games for the whole family.
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