The TAPS Daily - May 22, 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. VIDEO: TAPS MEMORIAL DAY SALUTE
    (TAPS.org)
    On Memorial Day, for all who have served, for whose names now reside in stone - you are forever in our hearts and we remember you. 
  2. Families of our fallen military heroes cope with Memorial Day changes due to COVID-19
    (ABC Local)
    “Memorial Day means that we get to honor Bill."  A widow of an Army Major from Maryland talks about the family's new plans to pay tribute, as the coronavirus pandemic changes so many Memorial Day traditions.
  3. Losing a military parent: kids find help at Good Grief Camp
    (Today)
    Even though the in-person gathering and annual Good Grief Camp wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery won't happen this year, TAPS is making its camp sessions and talks available virtually, and TAPS mentors are calling every camp kid to see how they’re doing.
  4. Angry Americans Podcast Episode 60:  Bonnie Carroll and Memorial Day in a Pandemic
    (Angry Americans)
    Paul Rieckhoff shares a powerful conversation with Medal of Freedom recipient and legendary TAPS Founder Bonnie Carroll (@bonnie_at_taps) and how this Memorial Day will be unlike any other.
  5. Observe Memorial Day, help military families during COVID-19
    (Today)
    How to observe Memorial Day and help military families from home during the pandemic. Many events have been canceled because of COVID-19, but there are still ways to show support.
  6. Love Lives On Music Album Released for Memorial Day
    (TAPS.org)
    Love Lives On: The TAPS Album is available today for download and streaming on all major platforms -- Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play.  Listen to hear the stories of 10 fallen military heroes penned by the surviving family members who loved them.  All proceeds from the Album benefit TAPS families.
  7. Loved ones share memories of veterans who died in coronavirus outbreak at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
    (Stars and Stripes)
    Each of their stories was different, but common strains repeat: Of humility and generosity; of finding joy in the unpretentious; of a sharp mind disappearing into fog or a hale body betrayed by age.

 

Memorial Day News

Memorial Day News

  • A Memorial Day Tribute from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley
    (Joint Staff)
    Today we honor the extraordinary sacrifice of not only these service members but also their families. Especially our Gold Star families.  Each individual loss brings untold grief. Each loss is a hope never realized. Each loss is a dream never reached.  Everyone was a son or a daughter. A husband or a wife. A mother or a father.  Each is a gaping hole of grief that can never be adequately filled.
  • Chief of Staff of the Army: Memorial Day 2020
    (Army.mil)
    Memorial Day message from Army Chief of Staff, General James C. McConville.
  • First Army Memorial Day Message
    (Army.mil)
    First Army remembers Memorial Day by highlighting a World War II-era Soldier from the Quad Cities who was killed in action during the last days of the war. It is narrated by First Army's Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Thomas James Jr., and filmed in the Rock Island Cemetery located on Rock Island, Illinois.
  • Naval Special Warfare Command Memorial Day Message
    (Naval Special Warfare Command)
    Rear Adm. Collin Green, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) and his wife Alyssa share a Memorial Day message and take a moment to reflect on the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation.
  • Flags In 2020
    (Arlington National Cemetery)
    On Thursday, May 21, Soldiers from 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment placed flags at every gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • TAPS ACROSS AMERICA: The National Moment Of Remembrance Memorial Day 2020
    (Taps for Veterans)
    The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.
  • Grant - History Channel Mini Series Special for Memorial Day
    (History Channel)
    The History Channel will premiere a three part miniseries this Memorial Day on the life of Ulysses S. Grant. “Grant” tells the remarkable and quintessentially American story of a humble man who overcomes incredible obstacles, rises to the highest ranks of power and saves the nation not once, but twice.
  • Honoring a Father I Don't Remember on Memorial Day
    (Military.com)
    Every Memorial Day is a reminder that he is gone. While I can honor his service, I cannot easily preserve his memory, because I have no memories of my own. I'm not alone. An estimated 20,000 children lost fathers on the American side of the Vietnam War.
  • Create an online memorial for a loved one on the Veterans Legacy Memorial Website
    (VA.gov)
    In time for Memorial Day 2020, VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has enhanced capabilities on the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) website for family, friends, and visitors to leave tributes or comments on a Veteran’s memorial page.
  • 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.
  • Memorial Day Doesn’t Need To Be Treated As A National Military Funeral
    (Task and Purpose)
    The best way to think of Memorial Day is not as a national military funeral, but as a national wake. We’ve already shed our tears for fallen comrades. There’s nothing wrong with shedding a few more but a better way to cherish their memories is to spend a moment reflecting on all the good things their sacrifices enabled the rest of us to enjoy.
  • How a Gold Star mother honors Memorial Day amid COVID-19
    (Task and Purpose)
    Gold Star Mother Natalie Healy calls the distinction a club that no one wants to be a part of, and for her, she said every day is Memorial Day since her son, Daniel Healy, was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.
  • WE REMEMBER: Memorial Day 2020
    (Air Force Association)
    The Air Force Association pays tribute to those who served and died.

 

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

  • Disney's Veteran of the Day Tribute
    (Disney Parks )
    To those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces, we are so grateful for all you have done for us. We know there are thousands of stories like Master Sergeant Steve Warner’s and today we raise the flag high in your honor. Here at Disney Parks, we are all about magic, but there is a unique magic about you and your selfless drive to serve your country.
  • How veteran business owners are using their military crisis skills during the pandemic
    (CNBC)
    For many of the nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned small businesses, the financial strain from the coronavirus pandemic increases with each passing day. But the veterans say the skills they developed during their service have taught them how to handle the unexpected.
  • StoryCorps: Nuremberg Trials Guard Dies Of COVID-19
    (NPR)
    Around Memorial Day of 2000, Emily Aho took her then 75-year-old father, Emilio "Leo" DiPalma, on a trip back to Germany, where the World War II veteran served as a guard at the Nuremberg Trials. Coming up on Memorial Day two decades later, Aho holds those memories with him especially close. Last month, DiPalma died of complications from COVID-19 at 93 years old in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
  • Family finds obituary for Iowa veteran thought to have no relatives
    (Des Moines Register)
    Barbara Ann Miller was shocked to see her brother’s high school graduation picture in the Des Moines Register, and even more shocked to see that it accompanied an obituary saying he had no known family members.

 

Survivor News

Military Family News

 

Across the TAPS Family

Across the TAPS Family

  • The Making of the Album Love Lives On
    (TAPS.org)
    In 2019, TAPS embarked upon a very special recording project of ten original songs that honor the lives and dedication of our servicemen and women written by TAPS families alongside some of the best songwriters in Nashville.  The songs have been compiled into our Album: Love Lives On, released Memorial Day weekend 2020.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Financial Wellness Resources for TAPS Families
    Through Military Reconnect, TAPS helps those who are grieving the death of a loved one with access to free financial wellness resources. Register now to get started.
  • TAPS COVID-19 Response
    Find resources, services, and support provided 24/7 by TAPS to surviving military families navigating the challenges of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Government and Partner Resource Update
    Learn more about access to and impacts on your government benefits during COVID-19.
  • Enjoy the TAPS Talks series on demand
    In response to the need to reduce sense of isolation, the new TAPS Talks series brings comfort and connections to those feeling the stressful impacts of social distancing.
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Upcoming Events | TAPS
    The latest 2020 schedule of events across the TAPS Family.

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

Other Coronavirus News

 

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