The TAPS Daily - November 6, 2020
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- Defense Secretary Esper has prepped resignation letter, say officials
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has prepared a letter of resignation, according to three current defense officials.
- Coronavirus updates: U.S. tops 116,000 cases, another record, as health officials worry people are ‘giving up’
The Washington Post
Another day, another record shattered. The United States reported 116,707 new coronavirus infections Thursday, as 20 states saw their highest daily counts, and the number of fatalities nationwide exceeded 1,000 for the third consecutive day.
- Veterans employment rates improve again in October
Veterans unemployment rates saw another sizable drop in October, the latest sign that some of the economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may be softening.
- Presidential election exposes America’s ‘perilous’ divides
Presidential elections can be revealing moments that convey the wishes of the American people to the next wave of elected officials. So far, the big reveal is the extent of the cavernous divide between Republican and Democratic America, one that defines the nation, no matter which candidate ultimately wins.
- Getting tested for COVID-19? Here's what to ask at the doctor's office
COVID-19 testing has changed since the coronavirus outbreak began. Here's what you need to know before getting a test — and what to expect when you're there.
- Secret Service plans to ramp up protection of Biden in anticipation of his possible win
The Washington Post
The Secret Service is sending reinforcements to Wilmington, Delaware, starting Friday to help protect former vice president Joe Biden as his campaign prepares for the possibility he may soon claim victory in his bid for the White House, according to two people familiar with the plans.
- First airman, a Texas Air Guardsman, dies of COVID-19
Air Force Times
An airman from the Texas Air National Guard has died of COVID-19, the Texas Military Department confirmed Thursday.
- 'Tis the season! Radio stations switch over to playing all Christmas music: Tradition is 'very important'
Hear that? It’s the sound of Mariah Carey rejoicing, as radio stations across the country agree with the “All I Want for Christmas Is You” singer that it’s time to start playing holiday tunes.
Veteran Day News
- National Army museum opening on Veterans Day tells the U.S. soldier’s story from 1600s to today
Stars and Stripes
The Army Historical Foundation has worked for more than a decade to build the service’s first comprehensive museum. It will open on Veterans Day, in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, just more than three years after the Army broke ground.
- Exchange to Host Medal of Honor Recipients Throughout November on ‘Chief Chat’
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and military resale are paying tribute to our Nation’s heroes with a chance to hear their extraordinary stories of valor firsthand.
Child Grief Awareness Month News
- 25 Children's Books That Explain Death And Grief To Kids
Death and grief are natural parts of the human experience, but addressing such heavy topics with kids can seem daunting. To aid parents in these discussions, we’ve rounded up 25 children’s books that help kids understand death and grief.
- Parents of bereaved children are also heroes of the pandemic: They can help build resilience in kids
The death of a parent is one of the most traumatic events that can happen to a child. Sadly, during the pandemic losing a mother or father to the coronavirus has been a reality for too many. But research shows that children can be resilient.
- Talking to children about illness and death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic
Age-appropriate explanations are paramount to ensure children have a coherent narrative and emotional support for their experiences. This need is magnified when someone in the family is hospitalised for or dies from COVID-19.
- NAGC Holiday Toolkit: Supporting Grieving Children During the Season of Family
National Alliance for Grieving Children
This holiday toolkit is provided with the hopes it will provide ideas and inspiration for families to celebrate loved ones, those present and those who have died.
- Schools fall short when it comes to helping students in grief – here’s how they can improve
Many children experience the death of a loved one. How teachers respond matters.
TAPS In the News
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- The power of nature inspires and heals
TAPS Outdoors shares how outdoor experiences can reduce mental fatigue, inspires, and helps us become better individuals. They recently launched “Breath of Fresh Air”, a program geared to encouraging survivors to connect with the outdoors, wherever they are, to find peace and healing.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Today is the deadline for Georgia military ballots. Will they make a difference in the election?
Absentee ballots coming from military and U.S. citizens living overseas could make the difference in Georgia’s final vote count in the Presidential Election, state election officials told reporters Friday.
- The VA Needs 8,000 Healthy Volunteers for COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
The Department of Veterans Affairs is recruiting 8,000 volunteers for the Phase III clinical trials of at least four COVID-19 vaccine candidates, a process playing out behind the scenes at 20 medical facilities across the U.S.
- 6 Financial Military Benefits for Service Members and Veterans
Military members and their families have access to special benefits, and new rules make these programs even more valuable.
- Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs
There are several education benefits available to dependents of veterans as well as surviving family members of deceased veterans. Ranging from scholarships to totally free school, these benefits are often overlooked.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Several different types of depression are set to collide this winter
Get ready for regular depression plus coronavirus depression plus seasonal depression. Oh, and election anxiety.
- Working 40 hours a week is bad for our mental health, study shows
Whether you stick to working eight-hours a day or work overtime, you could be doing more harm than good to your body. Researchers found full-time employment can lead to mental health issues, especially when combined with other commitments.
- Survive election uncertainty with these expert tips on how to cope
Here are some steps you can take to fight back against anxiety, fear and uncertainty related to the election.
- Countries are falling short in implementing mental health services during COVID-19 pandemic
A new survey conducted by PAHO and WHO shows that countries are falling short in implementing mental health services at a time when mental health support is paramount, according to PAHO Assistant Director, Jarbas Barbosa.
- Soldier at Fort Jackson suffers fatal injury at rifle range
An 18-year-old soldier from California died Thursday during training at a rifle range on Fort Jackson, South Carolina, according to a brief statement from the soldier’s unit.
- 50 Oregon Guard Troops Briefly Deployed Amid Post-Election Rioting
The Oregon National Guard deployed 50 troops to reinforce State Police in Portland on Wednesday night after rioting broke out one day after a so-far undecided 2020 presidential election.
- Volunteers for select Marine special duty assignments could get $10K bonus
Marines who volunteer for some of the Corps' toughest special duty assignments will be eligible for
- Navy flattening COVID-19 curve, increasing exercises globally
The Navy continues to have success flattening it’s COVID-19 curve and has the slowest rate of infection across the military services. As of Wednesday, the Navy had just 1,478 active cases of the military’s 58,968 total cases.
- America’s Got Talent is collaborating with We Are the Mighty to give you a special chance to audition
We Are The Mighty
Calling all singers, dancers, performers and musicians! If you’ve ever thought about auditioning for AGT, now’s the time! This year, America’s Got Talent auditions are going virtual. We know our military community has lots of talent and are ecstatic to offer an audition opportunity for WATM readers, veterans, military spouses, and active duty service members.
- Across All Generations, More Veterans Are Finding Jobs
The unemployment rate for all veterans fell to 5.5% in October, down from 6.4% in September, as the economy added jobs in the face of the surging COVID-19 pandemic, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
- More states legalized marijuana in the 2020 election. What does it mean for veterans?
More states voted to legalize marijuana to differing degrees during the 2020 election and as the tide of public policy turns at the state level, advocates hope it will change at the federal level, too, clearing the way for more veteran access.
Military Family News
- Jill Biden Could Be the First First Lady to Have a Full-Time Job Outside the White House
If Joe Biden is declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Dr. Jill Biden will undoubtedly go even further in revolutionizing the job of First Lady, most prominently by continuing to work outside the White House as a full-time educator.
- Is your college student coming home for Thanksgiving? Here are precautions to take
Experts say if precautions are taken before leaving campus, it can be safe for students to go home.
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