The TAPS Daily - November 2, 2020
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- Air Force Academy’s football fan cutouts honor fallen grads in pandemic emptied stadium
Stars & Stripes
In a section of the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium on Saturday, cutouts of nearly two dozen graduates who have passed away “watched” as the academy’s football team played Boise State.
- For The Day Of The Dead, Remembering Those Lost To The Coronavirus
Families across Mexico, the U.S. and elsewhere are observing Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives and honors the memory of those who've passed on.
- More than 95 million Americans have already voted on eve of election
The number of ballots cast early in this year's election represents nearly 70 percent of all those cast in the 2016 general election, Reuters reported.
- COVID-19 cases, deaths rising at rapid rate ahead of Election Day
On the eve of the presidential election, COVID-19 cases were rising rapidly in virtually every state as the death toll continued to climb, the latest NBC News figures showed Monday.
- Veterans Affairs records 4,000 deaths from the coronavirus as active cases continue to rise
The Department of Veterans Affairs reached a grim milestone on November 1 — 4,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic as active cases continue to rise.
- Space Station Marking 20 Years of People Living in Orbit
Monday marks two decades of people living onboard the International Space Station.
- Military Forces Rescue Kidnapped American in Niger
An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria.
- Election Cake, a Forgotten Recipe, Rises Online
New York Times
Searches for this cake, which dates to colonial times, are gaining steam ahead of Election Day.
Veteran Day News
- White House recognizes November as Veterans and Military Families month
The White House issued its annual proclamation declaring all of November as a month to honor American veterans and military families.
- VA Launches “Find a Veteran, Post a Tribute” November Campaign
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration will launch a "Find A Veteran, Post A Tribute" campaign throughout November 2020 to increase awareness of the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM). TAPS encourages survivors to visit and share.
- 2020 Veterans Day Free Meals and Restaurant Deals and Discounts
The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts at restaurants for 2020. Visit often as the list is now being updated as new discounts come in.
- From free tacos to haircuts and lube jobs, Veterans Day discounts and deals are waiting
There may be fewer parades this year because of the pandemic, but the country continues to honor veterans, in large and small ways to show their appreciation.
- How Armistice Day Became Veterans Day
The day The Great War ended came to be remembered thereafter as Armistice Day. But, when the 11th day of the 11 month rolls around, we all celebrate Veterans Day. What happened?
- It's time to celebrate veteran small business owners
The presidential election isn’t the only big thing happening this week. It’s also National Veterans Small Business Week.
Child Grief Awareness Month News
- About Childhood Grief
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Suggestions about how to be helpful to a grieving child based on research and practice among children's grief support professionals and volunteers.
- Helping Children Deal With Grief
Child Mind Institute
You can't protect your kids from the pain of loss, but you can help build healthy coping skills.
- How to Help a Grieving Child
The Dougy Center
These lessons have been adapted from the book 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child.
- After a Loved One Dies -How Children Grieve And how parents & other adults can support them
When children get support from parents and other adults around them, it helps the entire family cope.
TAPS In the News
- 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
- What First-Time Absentee Voters Can Learn from the Military
For members of the military, voting absentee is standard operating procedure.
- Five races with veteran candidates to watch on Election Night
Here are five high-profile contests to watch with key veterans contenders on the ballot.
- Women veterans could play major role in 2020 election
Women veterans are poised to play a pivotal role in this year's Congressional elections, with 28 running for federal office including in major races that could determine the Senate majority.
- Five national security races to watch on Election Night
National security hasn’t been at the forefront of the 2020 congressional campaigns, but election results could have a significant impact on defense and foreign policy decisions next year.
- Transgender Woman Sues Governor to Keep Job in Michigan National Guard
A transgender woman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the 101st Airborne Division claims she is being kicked out of the Michigan National Guard over her gender identification.
- Does Your TRICARE Supplement Insurance Plan Fit Your Family?
Some military associations and companies offer different types of TRICARE supplement insurance plans for active duty, National Guard or Reserves, or retirees.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Day of the Dead has everything to do with the afterlife, love and those colorful skulls you've seen
Families are spreading bulks of marigold petals, lighting up candles for their loved ones and some are even wearing colorful skull makeup.
- COVID-19 mourners are turning to Facebook for grief support
The pandemic has upended traditional grieving, leaving mourners feeling isolated. Some have found solace among other COVID-19 mourners in Facebook groups.
- Service member suicide prevention: Why the military must end the stigma on mental health
The stigma around mental health in the military creates an environment where service members experience anxiety due to a fear that seeking help could end their career.
- Serving the visible & invisible wounds: Remembering mental health during times of uncertainty
Health doesn’t just relate to an individual’s physical conditions and it isn’t just the absence of a disease. Health encompasses so much more than that.
- 20 Online Grief Support Groups
It’s important to reach out and find support if you need to. Here are 20 online support groups to help you process your loss. The TAPS Online Community is also available for anyone grieving the loss of a military loved one.
- Guarding Democracy: The National Guard's history of election involvement
National Guard troops have supported elections in one form or another since the very beginnings of United States history.
- Space Force Is About to Get Its First Astronaut
A NASA astronaut will transfer into U.S. Space Force onboard the International Space Station.
- Air Guard crews use drones, C-130s, helicopters and more to battle West Coast blazes
Air Force Times
As large fires continue to ravage the western U.S, elements of the Air National Guard have been sent in to assist on the ground and in the air.
- 1st Air Force Pilot Reaches 1,000-Hour Milestone in F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
A U.S. Air Force pilot has reached 1,000 flight hours in the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter stealth jet.
- Pararescueman awarded Silver Star for treating Green Berets during Afghan firefight
Stars & Stripes
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brunetto never expected to receive an award for his actions in combat with a Special Forces team ambushed in Afghanistan earlier this year.
- Airman dies at Yokota Air Base, home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo
Stars & Stripes
A U.S. airman was pronounced dead Sunday at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.
- Navy identifies Florida sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack
Stars & Stripes
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, James Monroe Flanagan's family in Jacksonville rarely mentioned his name. It just hurt too much: He was only 22, and he was gone without a trace.
- The iconic Vietnam War novel ‘The Things They Carried’ is getting a film with star-studded cast
Task & Purpose
One of the most visceral and beloved collections of short stories about the Vietnam War is getting adapted into a new movie with a star-studded cast.
- Mystery surrounds former Marine's imprisonment in Venezuela
The former U.S. Marine corporal was arrested at a roadblock in Venezuela almost two months ago and accused by President Nicolás Maduro of being a terrorist and spying for Donald Trump.
- 'Finding Faces' podcast brings stories behind Vietnam wall names to life
"Finding Faces" chronicles journalist Ryan Kern's search across Massachusetts for photographs of those named on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
- Oregon Vietnam veterans memorial skips politics, allows vets to find solace
Stars & Stripes
The idea for the Oregon monument came from a small group of local veterans who attended the dedication of the national memorial in November 1982.
- 'He's a Living Legend.' Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday Flying for World Record
As he crawled out of the cockpit of the 1963 Mooney plane, 100-year-old Harry Moyer flashed a thumbs-up to the assembled crowd, a huge grin lighting up his face.
Military Family News
- Mom and daughter share a bond of service in Iraq
Stars & Stripes
Military service runs deep in her family.
- Families, day cares feel strain of new COVID-19 health rules
Stars & Stripes
As more families make the jump back to group day care this fall, many are finding new, pandemic-driven rules for safety seem incompatible with the germy reality of childhood.
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