The TAPS Daily - May 6, 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. Burn pit victims could face greater dangers from coronavirus, VA warns
    (Military Times)
    Veterans Affairs officials are again warning veterans who were exposed to open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan that they could face additional risks from respiratory complications related to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
  2. The TSA Hoarded 1.3 Million N95 Masks Even Though Airports Are Empty and It Doesn’t Need Them
    (Defense One)
    TSA officials held onto unused protective masks while other agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs’ vast network of hospitals, scrounged for the personal protective equipment that doctors and nurses are dying without.
  3. For VE Day, Library of Congress puts WWII veterans' stories online
    (WTOP)
    The library’s Veterans’ History Project announced Tuesday the launch of “End of World War II: 75th Anniversary,” an online collection of video and audio interviews with World War II veterans about their experiences and what the end of the war meant to them.
  4. Massachusetts boy, 7, survives coronavirus and cancer: 'It’s been a long road'
    (FOX 5 DC)
    A young Dedham, Massachusetts, boy who survived both cancer and a battle with the novel coronavirus received a warm welcome home late last month after he was released from Boston Children's Hospital, according to local reports.
  5. ‘The Last Full Measure’ director Todd Robinson on how war hero’s tale can rally US amid COVID-19
    (FOX News)
    Written and directed by Todd Robinson, “The Last Full Measure” stars Samuel L. Jackson, the late Peter Fonda and Ed Harris — and tells the harrowing true story of Vietnam War hero and Medal of Honor recipient William H. Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescueman (PJ) medic who personally saved over 60 men.
  6. Don't worry, Chesty XV is absolutely thriving in quarantine
    (Task and Purpose)
    A video released on Monday, created by Cpl. James Bourgeois (Chesty's handler), Gunnery Sgt. John Jackson and Lance Cpl. Allen Sanders, shows our favorite Marine going about his business — socially distanced, of course.

 

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

 

Coronavirus Key Updates

Other Coronavirus News

  • Freebies for Nurses During COVID-19
    (Registered Nursing)
    National Nurses Week 2020 kicks off on Wednesday, May 6, which is National Nurses Day, and wraps up on Tuesday, May 12; unfortunately falling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, many companies and restaurants are offering special deals to nurses.
  • Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson is now a mortician amid a pandemic
    (Stars and Stripes)
    Andre Dawson is seeing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic from a vantage point many sports fans would not expect of a Baseball Hall of Famer and former National League MVP. The longtime star for the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs has spent the past dozen years as a mortician.
  • Barack, Michelle Obama to Headline YouTube Virtual Graduation Ceremony
    (Variety)
    YouTube is pumping up 2020 virtual pomp-and-circumstance circuit with a video graduation ceremony for graduates during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Dear Class of 2020” original special will feature commencement addresses delivered by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
  • Daniel Radcliffe and other top stars are reading 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'
    (CNN)
    Daniel Radcliffe, who famously portrayed the bespectacled wizard in all eight movies, is one of several celebrities who are reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to keep us entertained while staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • ERs See Drop In Strokes, Heart Attacks, And Doctors Are Worried
    (NPR)
    This is the fatal fallout that U.S. doctors have feared for weeks, as they've tracked a worrying trend: As the pandemic took hold, the number of patients showing up at hospitals with serious cardiovascular emergencies such as strokes and heart attacks has shrunk dramatically.
  • Photos: Animals During the Pandemic
    (The Atlantic)
    Images of animals around the globe, both affected by, and coping with, a suddenly changed world.
  • 30 Quick & Easy Desserts to Make During Quarantine
    (Taste of Home)
    Does quarantine have your sweet tooth calling? Satisfy your cravings with these desserts that are ready in 30 minutes or less!

 

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