The TAPS Daily - June 9, 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.


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  1. It’s Official: Gen. CQ Brown Confirmed as 1st African American Military Service Chief
    (Military.com)
    Air Force Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown is officially the next leader of the U.S. Air Force and the first African American officer to ever serve as the top uniformed officer of any of the military branches.
  2. Fauci: Coronavirus is a "nightmare" and "isn’t over yet"
    (Axios)
    NIAID Director Anthony Fauci called the coronavirus outbreak his "worst nightmare" and sounded the alarm over its continued spread in an interview aired to a biotechnology conference on Tuesday, the New York Times reports.
  3. Plan would extend Tricare coverage for dependents to age 26 without additional costs
    (Military Times)
    A new House plan would extend Tricare coverage for dependents up to age 26 without any premium increases in an effort to help military families deal with the financial effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  4. A look back, and follow-up, on coronavirus good-deed tales
    (AP)
    One Good Thing, each day. That was the guiding principle when The Associated Press launched this fixture in mid-March. Nearly three months later, there’s been no end to the tales of good deeds we’ve found.
  5. The deafening silence of veteran service organizations on Black Lives Matter
    (Task and Purpose)
    A huge number of corporations and nonprofits have made vigorous statements affirming their stances on this issue. But noticeably lagging in leadership in this profoundly important moment have been the ‘big six’ veteran service organizations (VSOs) that have mostly chosen not to address the issue of racism in America and in the veteran community.
  6. Small biz owners just got more time to use their PPP loans
    (CNN)
    The rules small business owners need to follow in order to get their federal loans forgiven just got more lenient under the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. But they may also have gotten a bit more complicated too.
  7. Marine recognized for performing CPR, saving life of unresponsive man at Walmart gas station
    (Marine Times)
    When Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew Ubl saw an unresponsive man at a Walmart gas station last December, he knew just what to do.

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

  • TAPS News Archive
    Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page. 

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

  • IAVA Urges Trump Admin to Release Suicide Prevention Plan
    (Connecting Vets)
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are calling on a presidential task force to release its national suicide prevention plan, particularly in light of a spike in mental health needs during the pandemic.
  • Why We Need to Know About Post-Traumatic Growth
    (Psychology Today)
    Physical, mental, emotional, and financial stress are a part of everyday life.  Here is a closer look at a few ways to overcome these difficulties and the concept of Post Traumatic Growth.
  • Register to watch 'The mental health of America's veterans'
    (Brookings Institute)
    On June 15, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host a conversation on the mental health challenges facing America’s veterans and the public policy tools needed to bring them the care they need and deserve.
  • Addressing the Coming PTSD Wave
    (US News & World Report)
    Health workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic may suffer mental scars for years to come.
  • Free mindfulness classes for kids' mental health
    (CNN)
    Children are dealing with real mental health impacts from COVID-19. The nonprofit Mindful Kids offers a series of free mindfulness classes online to help them cope with stress and fear.

 

Military News

Military News

 

Veteran News

Veteran News

 

Survivor News

Military Family News

  • New Salesforce Fellowship Open to Military Spouses and Veterans
    (Military.com)
    In a proactive approach to current military spouse unemployment rates, as well as the huge wave of more than one million veterans who filed for jobless benefits last month, Hiring our Heroes (HoH) and Salesforce have joined together to support military spouse employment with a new fellowship program.

 

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