The TAPS Daily - June 30, 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.
- White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019
Top officials in the White House were aware in 2019 of reports indicating Russia was offering bounties for the deaths of Americans, according to those with direct knowledge of the intelligence.
- CDC expert says U.S. has 'way too much virus' to contain as other countries have
An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that the coronavirus is spreading too widely and quickly to contain and expects it to continue to circulate.
- Pentagon Lifts Travel Ban in All States Except Florida, California, Michigan
Troops and families based have been given the OK to resume regular travel except for some states that continue to see troubling rise in coronavirus.
- WWII Vet Carl Reiner, Beloved Creator of 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' Dies
Legendary writer, actor, and director, Carl Reiner, has died at age 98. The celebrated Hollywood and Broadway icon served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
- He saved the lives of five US troops. Now this Afghan interpreter is an American citizen
(Task & Purpose)
Just ahead of Independence Day celebrations, an Afghan interpreter who saved the lives of five soldiers officially became an American citizen on Monday.
- SpaceX launch of third GPS-III satellite, SV03 honors former commander
(Space Flight Insider)
Tuesday’s SpaceX launch includes a special dedication by the 45th Space Wing honoring Space Force Colonel Thomas Falzarano who recently passed away after 26 years of dedicated service.
- 82-year-old and his millennial friend bond over Zoom during pandemic
Volunteers helping to reduce elder isolation shift their connections online to maintain bonds.
TAPS In the News
- Feinstein, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Investigate Military Aviators' Risk of Cancer
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Military Aviators Cancer Incidence Study Act directing a study comparing cancer prevalence among military aviators to that of the general population. The legislation is supported by TAPS.
- Law clarified for dependents of fallen US service members under Portman's bipartisan bill
Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) would provide more support to adult dependents of fallen and injured service members. The legislation is supported by TAPS.
- Connection from the Comfort of Home
The warm embrace of your TAPS Family is as close as your kitchen table or your front porch.
- 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
- One year later, Veterans Affairs has approved 17,400 Blue Water Navy claims
One year after passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, the VA has granted about 17,400 disability claims to those veterans potentially exposed to Agent Orange.
- Pentagon leaders to testify next week on military's George Floyd protest response role
More than a month after debate over the role of the military in response to protests, Pentagon leaders will appear before Congress to testify about the scope and legality of such missions.
- Congress moves to block Trump's Germany troop withdrawal plans
Congress is readying proposals to rebuke the president’s plans to pull troops from Germany amid dissatisfaction with the administration’s rationale for the move and concerns it will weaken NATO.
- Sen. Ernst Pushes VA for Answers on Mission Community Care
Several lawmakers are calling for answers from the VA on its progress expanding community care options for vets, including a plan for a "strategic pause" of care referrals during the pandemic.
- Sen. Warren: Revoke Medals of Honor Awarded to Troops in 'Wounded Knee' Massacre
An amendment to the massive defense policy bill would revoke Medals of Honors awarded to U.S Army's 7th Cavalry Regiment troops in the "Wounded Knee Massacre."
- Amendment Aims to Overturn Ban on Transgender Military Service
A bipartisan amendment to the proposed defense policy bill would extend Supreme Court protections against workplace sex discrimination to transgender service members.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- The U.S. is gripped by 'a pandemic of grief.' These CNN Heroes are helping people navigate it
The entire world is experiencing it now, in some form or another. Grief.
- Black Americans experience deadly stress as a pandemic and violent racism collide, experts say
Overall in the U.S., Black people are more likely to die at early ages from all causes of illnesses and researchers say the health impacts of trauma and secondary trauma play a huge role.
- Saying Goodbye: How to Organize Meaningful Virtual Memorials
TAPS Advisory Board Member, Allison Gilbert, offers courses this summer with helpful tips to survive, thrive, and remember during these unprecedented times.
- What Is a 'Stress' Headache and How Can You Treat It?
Here's what you need to know about headaches triggered by stress and how to relieve the pain.
- I’m a milspouse living with chronic anxiety. Here’s what I want you to know
(We Are The Mighty)
Expectations placed on military spouses to be strong can be difficult even without anxiety
- Military aviation mishaps and deaths are declining for the first time in years
The military services saw an overall decline in the total number of serious aviation mishaps and aviation-related fatalities in 2019, reversing a trend in recent years that saw record-high numbers.
- Changes in military recruiting may endure after pandemic
Army leaders believe recruitment measures taken during pandemic may evolve into a new system.
- Basic Cadet Training is underway, with COVID restrictions, at the Air Force Academy
(Air Force Times)
The Air Force Academy has started Basic Cadet Training with precautions amid pandemic.
- Reward rises to $25,000 in case of slain Fort Bragg paratrooper
Army CID agents have increased the reward offered for information leading to the apprehension and conviction in the murder of Spc. Enrique Roman-Martinez.
- Airman found dead at RAF Mildenhall
(Air Force Times)
A security forces airman assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England, was found dead at his off-base home late Saturday night local time, according to base officials.
- VA, Adopt A Soldier Computer Phone Donations Homeless Vets
A VA partnership is ensuring veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness can stay connected with their health care providers, case managers, and loved ones.
- Annie text message program guides veterans during COVID-19 pandemic
Veterans seeking guidance for staying safe or managing stress during the pandemic can rely on a VA automated text messaging program to send health information and self-care reminders
- Former Marine Pilot Wins Kentucky Democratic Primary; McConnell Showdown Awaits
Former Marine pilot Amy McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic Senate nomination and a showdown with Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.
Military Family News
- Air Force Couple With COVID-19 Has Baby in Madrid Apartment
Wanting to avoid their newborn being isolated away from them, these expectant parents opted to deliver at home while stationed overseas.
- Majority of military families say they lack support upon transitioning out, survey finds
Those transitioning out of the military are seeing many problems ranging from health and well-being to employment, according to a recent survey.
- Fort Bragg Families Enter into Class-Action Complaint Against Post's Housing Provider
Three Fort Bragg families have filed a class-action complaint against the installation's housing partner, claiming their on-post homes have mold, lead-based paint and wood rot.
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