The TAPS Daily - November 16, 2020
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- An Army reservist is the military's 10th coronavirus death
The military reported its tenth coronavirus-related death on Monday, a 45-year-old, Florida-based Army reservist.
- Biden Family’s Military Ties May Influence Approach to Policy in White House
The president-elect never served in the military, but he has experienced the worry and stress that military families suffer watching loved ones go off to war.
- Arlington National Cemetery Announces Wreaths Across America Event Cancellation
Arlington National Cemetery
Due to COVID-19, Arlington National Cemetery is canceling Wreaths Across America at both ANC and the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home Cemetery on December 19, 2020.
- New lockdowns and restrictions sweep across the country as COVID-19 cases continue to rise
The wave of COVID-19 infections sweeping across the United States was followed Monday by a spate of new lockdowns and calls for reimposing restrictions.
- McConnell warns Trump against troop drawdown in Afghanistan
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) fired a warning shot against withdrawing more U.S. troops from Afghanistan, even as the Pentagon is preparing an order to do so.
- SpaceX Launches 2nd Crew, Regular Station Crew Flights Begin
SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday on the first full-fledged taxi flight for NASA by a private company.
Child Grief Awareness Month News
- Children's Grief Awareness Day Fact Sheet
Children’s Grief Awareness Day
A basic single-page overview of what Children's Grief Awareness Day - November 19 - is and why such a day is needed.
- Talking to Children about Death and Dying
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Aimed at encouraging and supporting honest conversations around the topics of death and grief.
- Books to read when you are grieving
Helps 2 Makes Sense
We know that when a young person is grieving, it can be helpful to read books that they can relate to.
- My Dad Existed! Talk about Him!
Teenage Grief Sucks
"Dad" became like a bad word after my dad died. No one would mention their fathers, or mine, in front of me, and I hated it.
TAPS In the News
- TAPS Facebook Live with The Right Stuff's Patrick J. Adams
Join TAPS for a Facebook Live Q&A on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern with Patrick J. Adams from National Geographic’s "The Right Stuff" on Disney+ interviewed by United States Space Force Captain & TAPS Legacy Mentor, Nathaniel Lee.
- 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
- GI Bill snafus still keeping veterans from tapping benefits to pay for their kids’ college
Chicago Sun Times
The problems with the Post-9/11 GI Bill persist. Even a retired Navy commander who served as an adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff was nearly cheated out of benefits.
- VA Won't Fight Court Ruling Awarding Payments to 'Blue Water Navy' Vietnam Vets
The VA has no plans to challenge a court ruling last week ordering it to make retroactive payments to a small class of "Blue Water Navy" Vietnam veterans and their survivors.
- What to Do When Pandemic Stimulus Programs End
The end of 2020 is looming, and with it comes the expiration of a patchwork of economic relief programs enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- VA moving ahead with plans to outsource all compensation and pension exams
Despite concerns from lawmakers, VA officials are moving ahead with plans to outsource nearly all compensation and pension exams, a move they believe will improve service for veterans.
- Your guide to accelerated citizenship
Task & Purpose
Here are the streamlined versions of the USCIS policies for military service members on a path to citizenship and how to avoid disqualification.
- 6 Financial Military Benefits for Service Members and Veterans
U.S. News & World Report
Military members and their families have access to special benefits, and new rules make these programs even more valuable.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Sherrod Brown: Supporting veterans' mental health needs
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown discusses a bill he is introducing in Congress to address the lack of mental health support for vets returning home.
- 'Jerry's Last Mission': How WWII's last combat pilot became a lifelong testament of human spirit
For nearly 20 years following the war, he was tormented with survivor’s guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder emanating from his final mission.
- 7 Ways To Help Kids With Anxiety : Life Kit
How to help your kids reframe their anxiety — and reclaim their superpowers.
- 'Call It Grief and Then See if it Changes How You View it'
Grief can have a clarifying effect, a way of lasering away the mundane. Here’s how you can apply some lessons from loss to this year’s surreal new world.
- Trump to Order Troop Reductions in Afghanistan, Iraq
The Trump administration is expected to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan almost in half to 2,500 by January 15, U.S. officials said Monday.
- Army Identifies 5 Soldiers Killed in Sinai Helicopter Crash
Five U.S. soldiers who died when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Sinai, Egypt on Nov. 12 have been identified.
- Fort Bragg infantryman dies in barracks
An Army paratrooper died Wednesday in his barracks room at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to 82nd Airborne Division officials.
- Vietnam veteran beats skin cancer with Florida doctor's help
Jack Cooper of Naples, Florida flew helicopters in Vietnam and since retiring from the Army, he developed several skin cancers and other medical problems.
- Veterans May Earn More Than Civilians in Post
In many ways, the United States military is one of the most successful middle-class jobs programs ever created.
- Civil War vets honored in Montana after more than 150 years
Private Reuben B. Cavender, a native of Tennessee, enlisted to serve in the Union during the Civil War in March 1865. He would die in September of that year, far from any battlefield.
- Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee: The U.S. Navy's First Living Female Navy Cross Recipient
We Are The Mighty
Lena H. Sutcliffe Higbee was an original member of the “Sacred Twenty” and the first living woman to be awarded the Navy Cross. Three other nurses were awarded posthumously.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.