The TAPS Daily - November 10, 2020
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- This Veterans Day, Make Sure the Vets in Your Life Know They Are Not Alone
This Veterans Day, be mindful of vets dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Amid pandemic, Marine Corps plans unconventional celebrations for its 245th birthday
Stars & Stripes
Happy 245th Birthday all you Devil Dogs!
- 1,400 artifacts trace Army lineage back to 1600s at new national museum, opening Vet's Day
The 185,000-square-foot museum National Museum of the United States Army opens Veterans Day at Fort Belvoir, Virginia with free, timed-entry tickets available if reserved in advance.
- Live Updates: Presidential Transition
Stay up to date on the latest with the presidential transition process.
- Arlington National Cemetery Set To Expand By 70 Acres, With 60,000 New Burial Spaces
Arlington National Cemetery is officially expanding by about 50 football fields' worth of space.
- VA is America's last line of defense. But it was left out of early pandemic plans, report finds
The Department of Veterans Affairs is meant to be America's backup healthcare system in times of crisis. But it was left out of early coronavirus planning and strategy at the highest levels.
- Five defense challenges on the horizon for Biden
President-elect Joe Biden will have plenty on his plate when he is inaugurated, including several defense issues that could quickly crop up.
- Supreme Court Appears Likely To Uphold Obamacare
Comments from Supreme Court justices appeared to suggest Tuesday that a majority are inclined to leave the bulk of the Affordable Care Act in place.
- Dog days return to the White House
The time-honored tradition of First Pups returns to the White House this January.
Veteran Day News
- 5 Facts to Know About Veterans Day
Veterans Day is a well-known American holiday, but there are also a few misconceptions about it.
- The History of Veterans Day
Discover the history behind this special commemoration day.
- Lifetime free access to National Parks for veterans, Gold Star families begins on Veterans Day
Stars & Stripes
Veterans and Gold Star families granted lifetime free admission to all National Parks.
- Arlington Cemetery's Veterans Day Ceremony Will Be Closed to the Public
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington to go virtual.
- A roundup of free food and discounts for Veterans Day for those who served
Stars & Stripes
Check out the latest list of businesses showing appreciation for our nation’s veterans.
- COVID-19 scare forces VA Secretary to miss Veterans Day event
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie missed a key Veterans Day event due to another COVID-19 outbreak.
Child Grief Awareness Month News
- Should I discuss deceased loved ones with my child?
What’s Your Grief
It can be a good thing to acknowledge your grief and to tell children about deceased loved ones.
- Supporting a bereaved child with autism spectrum disorder
Child Bereavement UK
Just like any other bereaved child, a child with autism spectrum disorder will need their grief to be recognised & understood, and to be given opportunities to express how they feel.
- No Child Should Ever Grieve Alone
A thought-provoking talk on how children’s grief is addressed and how to create a supportive environment which emphasizes the holistic needs of bereaved families.
- Returning to school after a bereavement
Help 2 Make Sense
Returning to school after someone in your family has died can be difficult. Some young people can’t wait to go back, see their friends and get back into a routine, while others might be worried.
- Man up: The difficulties facing boys after the death of a father
The impact the death of a father can have on boys, including the pressures from society.
TAPS In the News
- TAPS Survivor Newsletter - November 2020
This November, we are thankful to continue to connect and gather, to love and support each other, despite the pandemic.
- Videos: A Breath of Fresh Air with TAPS Outdoors - Changing Landscapes
Explore the ways in which life's constant changes impact our internal landscapes and share your experience using #tapsoutdoors.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Upcoming Events
Make plans to join your TAPS Family at an upcoming event.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Smith Warns Gutting Pentagon During Transition Could be Devastating for National Security
Representative Adam Smith (D-WA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, warns of the dangers of gutting the Pentagon during a period of presidential transition.
- GOP List of Alleged Voter Fraud in Nevada Contains Hundreds of Military Addresses
By law, military voters may vote absentee in their home of record or choose to register to vote in the state in which they reside.
- Senate panel proposes $696B Pentagon spending bill
The Senate's version of the fiscal 2021 Pentagon spending bill was released Tuesday as lawmakers gear up to negotiate an end-of-year spending package to fund the government.
- 2021 federal open season begins
Federal employees have just over a month to make any planned changes to their health, dental and vision insurance options, as open season for feds began November 9.
- Want Vision Insurance? Now Is the Time to Enroll
Military family members and retirees interested in vision insurance should know that they are now eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- 1 in 5 COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 day, study finds
Many COVID-19 survivors are at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said.
- NYPD to be replaced for 911 mental health calls in pilot program
A pilot program will replace NYPD officers with mental health and crisis professionals.
- Half of the U.S. may be mourning the election, but here's what can help
"Partisanship is such a core part of the American identity that election outcomes have a really deep impact on happiness."
- New 'Quiet Explosions' documentary explores TBI treatment options
A documentary that follows the journey of veterans, pro athletes and first responders with traumatic brain injuries is now available on both DVD and SVOD.
- Grief Is For The Living: How We Cope With The Loss Of Our Youngest Daughter
It’s often difficult to see, but when we peel back the layers of pain and sorrow, we find that we were afforded so many blessings in our time with her.
- Marine Corps Birthday
Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday.
- First Black woman named student brigade commander at Naval Academy
The first Black woman to assume the top role leading fellow students at the U.S. Naval Academy will take up that position next semester as brigade commander, the academy said Monday.
- Pentagon's Acting Policy Chief Resigns in Wake of Esper Firing
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James H. Anderson has submitted his resignation following President Donald Trump’s firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
- Tennessee Guardsmen have administered over 500K virus tests
The Tennessee National Guard has administered over 500,000 COVID-19 tests to citizens throughout Tennessee, according to a news release.
- Six NY Army National Guard Soldiers are part of new Army Museum
When the National Museum of the United States Army opens its doors to the public on Veterans Day, six New York Army National Guard Soldiers will take special pride in the role they played.
- Retired NC Marine using $10 million lottery win to honor late son, help his community
A retired Marine who won a $10 million lottery prize says he is using the money to keep his fallen Air Force son’s memory alive by giving back to his community.
- How veterans can still serve after they take off the uniform
Veterans are service-minded. In 2019, some 61,000 volunteers gave 9.2 million hours of service specifically for the benefit of veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- WWII vet still breaking the mold at 102
At 102, former Army 1st Lt. Vivian "Millie" Bailey continues to live life to the fullest.
Military Family News
- Video: How Hospice and Palliative Care Can Support Military Families
Military families caring for someone with a life-limiting illness may wonder about how hospice and palliative care might help.
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