The TAPS Daily - May 1, 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. Here are the routes for the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds' formation flights this weekend
    (Air Force Times)
    The Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds have released the flight routes for their flyovers this weekend in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Atlanta. The joint effort from the Navy and the Air Force is part of multiple flyovers across the nation called America Strong — a “collaborative salute” to honor healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers as they combat COVID-19.
  2. Kentucky Derby Triple Crown Showdown: Post positions, betting odds
    (NBC Sports)
    Derby Day has gone virtual this year with a virtual party featuring recipes for traditional Kentucky Derby foods and cocktails, printable decorations, at-home fashion tips, kids crafts and more followed by a virtual showdown that pits all 13 Triple Crown winners against each other.
  3. Coronavirus help: Prince Harry launches mental-health relief service
    (USA Today)
    The Duke of Sussex and the British Ministry of Defence on Friday launched a new online platform of resources to help troops deal with mental-health problems, including consequences of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. TAPS has partnered with charities important to Prince Harry including the Invictus Games and The Diana Award and was an honored guest at his wedding.
  4. USAA to return an additional $280 million to auto policy holders as virus lockdowns continue
    (Stars and Stripes)
    An additional $280 million will be returned to USAA auto policy holders amid continued coronavirus lockdowns, the company announced late Thursday afternoon. This brings the company’s total rebates since the start of the pandemic to $800 million. USAA Life Company and USAA Investment Management Company, Brandon Carter, serves on the TAPS Board of Directors and USAA is a strong supporter of TAPS.
  5. Veteran trust in VA health care rises above 90 percent for the first time
    (VA.gov)
    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released survey results showing Veteran trust in VA health care outpatient services has increased more than 5% since 2017, reaching 90.1% as of April 12.
  6. Want to help the USPS and vets? Buy a 'Healing PTSD' stamp
    (We Are The Mighty)
    The United States Postal Services has been in the news lately as they, just like the rest of us, are feeling the impact of the economy. Now, there's a way to support everyone's buddy, the USPS, and a cause more than worthy of your support: PTSD.
  7. States ‘Reopening’ Might Not Apply to Troops, Military Families
    (Defense One)
    The U.S. military is preparing to operate under pandemic restrictions for the foreseeable future even though some states are beginning to lift coronavirus lockdowns — a dynamic that could create a patchwork of military installations operating under far stricter restrictions than the states where they are based.

 

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

  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis Participates in 'Chalk the Walk'
    (Defense.gov)
    In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the national event named "Chalk the Walk" has become an example of hope. Soldiers and their families at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, participated in the event April 24 by taking to their sidewalks and creating works of art with chalk.

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

Other Coronavirus News

 

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