The TAPS Daily - June 4, 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.


Top 5 News Items

Today's Highlights

 

  1. How to Hug During a Pandemic
    (New York Times)
    Of the many things we miss from our pre-pandemic lives, hugging may top the list. We asked scientists who study airborne viruses to teach us the safest way to hug.
  2. VA employees still waiting for coronavirus tests
    (Military Times)
    Veterans Affairs officials acknowledged on Wednesday that they still lack enough testing supplies to provide on-demand coronavirus screening for all medical employees, despite past promises those services would be made available.
  3. How military veterans can cope with jobs and money despite COVID-19
    (CNBC)
    More than 1 million vets filed for unemployment in April, sending the veteran unemployment rate soaring to 11.7%. They are also business owners who are struggling to survive, parents trying to send their children to college, retirees or nearing retirement, and potential homeowners trying to buy a house — all during unsettled times.
  4. What D-Day Means to For Us Today
    (We Are The Mighty)
    We are fortunate for the opportunities to joyfully explore the beauty of Europe, free of fascism, because of the bravery and sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of Allied forces.
  5. 12 Incredible Kids Doing Good Deeds During the Pandemic
    (Redtri)
    While COVID-19 has rained on a lot of our parades, it hasn’t dampened the spirits of these 12 kids.
  6. These Dutch villagers wait years to adopt U.S. graves from World War II
    (We Are The Mighty)
    There are so many rich, incredible facts surrounding the World War II-era Netherlands American Cemetery near Maastricht.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Survivor News

Military Family News

  • Exceptional Family Member Program Parents Have New Online Tool
    (Defense.gov)
    The Office of Special Needs, part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, has launched an online tool specifically designed for military families in the Exceptional Family Member Program.
  • Talking to Aging Parents About Moving In With Your Family
    (We Are The Mighty)
    This is an emotional realization for the whole family. Having grandma or grandpa move in isn't a simple transition for all parties. It involves issues of space, money, privacy, freedom, and ego.
  • Zama Middle High School Celebrates Modified Prom
    (Defense.gov)
    With this year's prom canceled due to COVID-19, there was no dancing, no crowd and no fancy gowns or tuxedos, but the members of Zama Middle High School's court still smiled, thankful the school managed to maintain a few prom traditions.

 

TAPS In the News

Other News

  • COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months
    (The Atlantic)
    The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.
  • COVID-19 and Animals
    (CDC.gov)
    If you have COVID-19 or think you may have it, avoid contact with pets just like with human family members. Have another member of your household care for your pet, if possible. Learn more about what to do if you have pets.
  • COVID-19 Puts National WWII Museum 20th Anniversary Online
    (Military.com)
    As states lift restrictions around the novel coronavirus, many of us are eagerly wondering: is it safe to travel right now? The answer depends on many variables, namely, how you plan to do so, where you want to go, the rates of infection in your chosen destination, and your anticipated behavior once you arrive.
  • The NBA has approved a plan to continue the season with 22 teams
    (CNN)
    The NBA's Board of Governors approved a plan on Thursday that would restart the season in Orlando utilizing a 22-team format, according to the league.
  • Astronauts ring Nasdaq opening bell from space after historic SpaceX launch
    (Space.com)
    Three NASA astronauts rang in the opening of Nasdaq trading from the International Space Station Tuesday (June 2) to celebrate the historic flight of SpaceX's first crewed Dragon spacecraft over the weekend.

 

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