The TAPS Daily - May 20, 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. We’ve Always Been in This Together
    For many families of the fallen this is the first Memorial Day weekend they’ve spent apart from their peers in a long time. That bond is still flourishing online as they connect across the miles, virtually, to honor their heroes together.
  2. Legislative Update: Introducing The Caring For Survivors Act (H.R. 6933)
    (DAV)
    The Caring for Survivors Act would increase dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving dependents and lower the threshold of eligibility to allow certain survivors to receive this benefit who currently do not meet the requirements. TAPS is honored to join in supporting this important legislation. Watch TAPS, partners, and Congressional representatives discuss the impacts of this proposed law.
  3. Seeking the Military Suicide Solution Podcast, Episode 19: Retired Army Maj. Gen. Mark Graham
    (Military Times)
    This podcast from Military Times features Gold Star father, Major General (Ret.) Mark Graham and examines the alarming rate of military and veterans suicide while offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention.
  4. As retirement nears, Goldfein readies Air Force for long struggle against coronavirus
    (Air Force Times)
    As he nears retirement, General Dave Goldfein faces one of the trickiest challenges of his career: How to prepare the Air Force to operate for months — and probably longer — during a coronavirus pandemic that has snarled every facet of society.
  5. Women Nearly 30% More Likely to Leave the Military Than Men, New Report Finds
    (Military.com)
    More women are joining the U.S. military but the individual services must do more to continue the trend and ensure they stay in uniform, according to the Government Accountability Office.
  6. Runner completes 19 marathons in 19 days for coronavirus relief
    (CNN)
    A runner from the Isle of Man has gone the distance -- and beyond -- to raise money for coronavirus relief.
  7. How to make a great living room obstacle course
    (We Are The Mighty)
    It doesn't have to be a Tough Mudder for kids to have fun and get some much-needed exercise.

 

Memorial Day News

Memorial Day News

  • PBS Memorial Day Concert to air May 24, 2020
    (We Are The Mighty)
    Capital Concerts announced that a special presentation of the National Memorial Day Concert, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, will air on PBS and feature new performances and tributes filmed around the country to honor all of our American heroes.
  • USAA Memorial Day - Honor Through Action
    (USAA)
    Remember those who gave their lives by serving their nation. USAA, a strong supporter of TAPS, hosts an online Memorial Day campaign with many ways Americans can pay tribute to the fallen.
  • This Memorial Day video from a Gold Star business will shatter you
    (We Are The Mighty)
    Feltman's — a veteran and Gold Star family owned and operated company — understands the kind of loss when a loved one is ripped away and the kind a community shares when rocked by tragedy. It's the kind of loss Americans — and people all across the world — are feeling now.
  • Congressman urges VA to open cemeteries for Memorial Day
    (Stars and Stripes)
    Congressman Brian Mast on Tuesday criticized a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to restrict public ceremonies at national cemeteries during Memorial Day weekend.
  • Patriots, Revolution to Plant Flag Garden to Honor Veterans
    (NBC Local)
    The New England Patriots and the New England Revolution are planning to plant a flag garden near Gillette Stadium to honor some of the state's residents who have died in the service of the nation.
  • Memorial Day tribute at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace state park
    (ABC Local)
    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace will help host a virtual Memorial Day service saluting America’s fallen soldiers. The national historical park in central Kentucky said in a statement that it will join 29 others to put on a social media event Monday that will start at 8 a.m. and last more than 13 hours.
  • Walgreens Honors Military and Families of the Fallen with Weekend Discount in Honor of Memorial Day
    (OA Online)
    To honor the service and sacrifices of Americans who served in the armed forces, Walgreens is offering a weekend Memorial Day percent discount to all veterans, active duty military personnel and their immediate family members, including the families of those who lost their lives in service to their country.

 

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

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

  • We're All in This Together - TAPS COVID-19 Civilian Response Page
    As survivors of military death, we are no strangers to isolation, fear and loss; we have many lessons learned and tools for coping.  We have the advice of experts from our Advisory Board that we will share with you and other resources we’ve discovered over nearly three decades.
  • Feltman's - Memorial Day 2020
    (Feltman’s of Coney Island)
    Feltman's is proud to support the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) this Memorial Day.
  • Survivors memorialize fallen family members with ‘Love Lives On’ album
    (Daily Memphian)
    The collection, set for a May 22, 2020 release, features songs co-written by families who lost loved ones who served in the military and performed by renowned musicians such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Lonestar and John Rich, spanning genres including rock, country, Americana and pop.
  • Angie K (Keilhauer) takes part in Love Lives On project
    (Idol Chattery)
    Angie Keilhauer from The Voice Season 10 is part of a touching new project called with TAPS called “Love Lives On.” She delivers an absolutely stirring vocal on “You Carry Me Too,” the song she co-wrote as part of the project with the surviving family of the fallen hero the song honors.

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

Other Coronavirus News

 

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