The TAPS Daily - May 21, 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. Military families who faced war deaths help COVID mourners with loss without goodbye
    (McClatchy)
    As Memorial Day approaches, military families who have faced the loss of a service member have noticed that their cycle of grief is strikingly similar to what Americans who lost a family member to the coronavirus are now facing.
  2. PHOTOS: Army's Old Guard places flags at servicemembers' graves ahead of Memorial Day
    (ABC Local)
    The Old Guard, designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit in 1948, has conducted the "flags-in" mission prior to Memorial Day for more than 50 years - with soldiers placing small U.S. flags by each grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
  3. Mental well-being that's attainable: Just start here
    (Military Times)
    How a Medal of Honor recipient prepares himself to deal with his mental well-being in the run up to Memorial Day. 
  4. Former White House employee who served 11 presidents dies of coronavirus at 91
    (NBC News)
    A former White House butler who served 11 presidents has died at 91 after contracting the coronavirus, his granddaughter confirmed to NBC News Thursday.
  5. Dad Who Teaches Basic Skills On YouTube Goes Viral
    (ScaryMommy)
    He knows what it’s like to not have a father around to help with the, “Dad, how do I . . . ?” skills, so Rob Kenney teaches them now on his YouTube channel for other people who don’t have a dad to ask.
  6. What's Inside Arlington Cemetery's Time Capsule?
    (Smithsonian Magazine)
    On October 13, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson spread the mortar for the cornerstone of the Arlington Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater. Unlike most cornerstones, this foundational rock was hollow: Hidden within was a copper box filled with items emblematic of American life in the year construction began.

 

Memorial Day News

Memorial Day News

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

  • Representative TJ Cox Introduces Bill to Expand Veterans Survivor Benefits
    (House.gov)
    Representative TJ Cox (D-CA-21) along with Representatives Gil Cisneros (D-CA-39), Ted Yoho (R-FL-3), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ-2) and Jahana Hayes (D-CT-5) introduced the Caring for Survivors Act of 2020. TAPS is honored to join with these Representatives to support this important legislation that would improve Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for survivors who lost their loved ones to a service-related injury or illness.
  • 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.
  • As the Military Restarts Elective Surgeries, Some Troops Will Have Top Priority
    (Military.com)
    Patients in the military health system whose scheduled or planned surgeries were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic may soon be able to set up their procedures, under guidance released Thursday by the Defense Department.

 

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

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

Other Coronavirus News

 

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