The TAPS Daily - May 8, 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. VE Day Tribute - The Countess of Carnarvon at Highclere Castle
    Our dear friends, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, were set to host TAPS for V-E Day this week at Highclere Castle. Though in the end we could not be together, Lady Carnarvon shared this special message from her home to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the allied defeat of Nazi Germany. We join with all our UK friends today across the pond and across the miles in humble remembrance that, "Never have so many owed so much to so few."
  2. VE Day Tribute - Lt Col Ollie Ford (British Army & TAPS Military Mentor)
    On this 75th anniversary of WWII's V-E Day, we celebrate the enduring bonds of friendship formed over the years between our allied nations and the common cause we still share to care for our veterans and families of the fallen.
  3. Celebrating the superpowers of military spouses - VAntage Point
    (VA.gov)
    VA appreciates the superpowers military spouses have developed during years of supporting our troops.
  4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call Veterans on VE Day
    (The Royal Family)
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined veterans for a very special VE (Victory in Europe) Day party at the Royal British Legion's Mais House Care Home.
  5. Grit and red wine: Famous war photographer beats virus at 97
    (Stars and Stripes)
    As an American GI during WWII, Tony Vaccaro survived the Battle of Normandy. Now, a celebrated wartime and celebrity photographer at age 97, he is getting over a bout with COVID-19. He attributes his longevity to "blind luck, red wine" and determination.
  6. A Widowed Mother's Day à la COVID-19
    (Modern Loss)
    Sunday is triggering for many. For women who long for children who have yet to materialize, for bereaved mothers, for the motherless. For widows, it is another reminder of what is gone. Of the partner that is no longer in this existence. Of the hole in your family that will never be filled. 

 

TAPS In the News

TAPS In the News

 

Government Relations / Benefits

Government Relations / Benefits

 

Grief / Mourning

Grief / Trauma / Mental Health

  • 7 Tips for Speaking with a Bereaved Mother
    (Modern Loss)
    If a mother’s grief feels unimaginable to you, imagine her love instead. Though you may never learn how much it helps, your effort matters. If you’re unsure how to start, here are seven tips to try.
  • Transform Catastrophic Thinking Into Purposeful Action During Times of Crisis
    (Military OneSource)
    With so much uncertainty and seemingly everything on the line because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, it is not uncommon to have catastrophizing thoughts. The Army Resilience Directorate offers the following information to help you turn catastrophic thinking into purposeful action.
  • Mental Health Month: Now Is the Time to Support Veterans
    (Make the Connection)
    Whether you’re a veteran or are here for a veteran you care about; whether this is the first time or just the most recent time you’ve looked into mental health support, it doesn’t matter. Everyone’s journey starts somewhere. Now is the time.
  • 7 Tips for Reducing Feelings of Isolation
    (Modern Loss)
    Loneliness is an everyday thing, and not just in the age of ‘social distancing.’ Here are some ways to care for your physical and mental wellbeing.
  • 10 Ways to Overcome Grief-Related Anxiety
    (Modern Loss)
    Anxiety following loss is a very real, yet often overlooked symptom.
  • I Study Human Touch. I’m Questioning What Our Future Will Be Like After COVID-19
    (Huffington Post)
    As humanity struggles to cope with uncertainty, fear and trauma, one of the best tools for comfort and connection has disappeared for the single and physically isolated when we need it most.
  • The Grief Cliché of the COVID Era
    (Modern Loss)
    The reminder that my brother doesn’t have to live through this pandemic, that his family doesn’t have to worry about him now — or care for him — doesn’t make me feel better about the loss. Like most grief clichés, the statement benefits the speaker more than the bereaved.
  • Military Spouse Mental Health – Who Are Our Advocates?
    (We Are The Mighty)
    A 2017 DOD study found that military spouses experience higher rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and unemployment than their civilian counterparts. Think about these statistics and ask: Who is advocating for the mental health of our military spouses?

 

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

 

Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.