The TAPS Daily - October 12, 2020
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- The USS Cole attack — more than 9/11 — predicted America's challenges in the 21st century
Al-Qaida’s attack against the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole occurred 20 years ago, but the powerful lessons of the tragedy reverberate today.
- Pentagon puts on show of force as questions circle on COVID-19 outbreak
The Pentagon is putting on a show of force as most of its Joint Chiefs of Staff quarantine after two top military officials tested positive for COVID-19 last week and possibly exposed others.
- Many Firsts At Confirmation Hearings For Judge Amy Coney Barrett
There will be plenty of firsts on Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- One of first women to earn Ranger tab describes leading Ruth Bader Ginsberg's lying in state
Task & Purpose
One of the first women to complete the U.S. Army's Ranger School had the distinct honor of leading Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lying in state procession at the U.S. Capitol.
- Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020
To date, 14 states, the District of Columbia, more than 130 cities, and growing numbers of school districts celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of or in addition to Columbus Day.
- Mars Opposition Brings The Planet Up Close, Shining Bright
The sun, Earth and Mars line up close to a new moon on the night of Oct. 13.
- Amazon Prime Day is about to start — here are the best deals
Amazon Prime Day is here! Select TAPS as your charity partner on smile.amazon.com to support families of the fallen with each purchase you make.
- For Love of the Game: Baseball's Impact on the Navy
Since the late 1800s, U.S. sailors have helped spread the game of baseball around the world.
TAPS In the News
- TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Family Program
Register to join us virtually for the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Family Program this October 16 -18.
- Join The Team TAPS Celebration
For 20 years, Team TAPS has honored our heroes and raised awareness of the TAPS mission. Join us through December 31 as we celebrate this milestone with a virtual movement.
- A Breath of Fresh Air - Getting & Staying Grounded
TAPS Outdoors wants to help you reconnect with the natural world in simple yet meaningful ways with weekly activities you can do anywhere.
- TAPS News Archive
Catch up on all the TAPS news stories over the years on the TAPS media resource page.
Government Relations / Benefits
- Senators Push to Give Troops a Way Out of Payroll Tax Deferral Plan
A bill introduced would make the Trump administration's controversial payroll tax deferral plan optional for service members, Defense Department civilians and the federal workforce.
- President signs Savanna's Act to address missing, murdered Native Americans
Savanna's Act will establish national law enforcement guidelines between the federal government and American Indian tribes to help track, solve and prevent crimes against Native Americans.
- DoD Hits Pause on Plan to Send Tricare Beneficiaries Away from Military Hospitals for Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has put on hold the Defense Health Agency's effort to reboot its ambitious reform of the military health system.
- Community providers: How to submit medical documentation to VA
We Are The Mighty
VA strives to provide seamless care and encourages community providers to support these efforts by the timely submission of medical documentation within 30 days of providing services.
- New 'Parris Island Protection Act' Would Prohibit Marines from Closing East Coast Boot Camp
A new bill aims to halt any moves by the Marine Corps to end its longtime training mission in Parris Island, South Carolina.
- Military Still Doesn't Have a Solution for Sky-High Cost of Moving Pets to New Duty Stations
Military move officials did not have an update Friday on if or when troops might receive help paying to move their pets as part of a permanent change of station move.
- Tentative settlements in West Virginia veterans' hospital deaths
The settlements were disclosed by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia as well as in federal court filings stemming from the deaths of six veterans at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Opinion | The grief pandemic will outlast the COVID pandemic, and no one's prepared for it
The "third wave" of coronavirus may very well be its emotional toll.
- COVID-19 pandemic leaves those with mental illness in fear
Almost 41% of adults surveyed by the CDC reported struggling with mental health or substance use related to the coronavirus pandemic and measures to contain it, such as physical distancing.
- Research: Why Breathing Is So Effective at Reducing Stress
Breathing helps you calm down and think rationally in the face of stress. But why?
- Why the USS Cole's Commander Pushed to Keep His Crew Together After Deadly Bombing
Not all Rear Adm. Derek Trinque's sailors know where he was 20 years ago, but the event and its aftermath had a profound effect on his leadership style in the decades since.
- 'Zero' Chance of Military Intervention in Disputed Election Results, Milley Says
The military is committed to its long apolitical tradition, so there is "zero" chance troops will be sent in the event of disputed results in election, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said.
- Most Americans have no idea how deeply entwined white supremacist groups are in the military
Task & Purpose
White nationalist groups, the most serious terror threats in the country, find new members and supporters in the U.S. military. These groups believe white people are under attack in America.
- CNO: More than 190 ships have had COVID-19 cases
More than 190 U.S. Navy ships have suffered a COVID-19 outbreak this year.
- 3,000 National Guard Soldiers Distribute Meals, Clear Roads in Hurricane-Ravaged Louisiana
3,000 Louisiana National Guard soldiers were mobilized in the wake of Hurricane Delta.
- NAS Corpus Christi personnel who stopped armed gunman honored for their efforts
Naval Security Force personnel who stopped an armed gunman at NAS Corpus Christi back in May have been recognized for their actions.
- As Naval Academy celebrates 175 years, first women to graduate reflect on their experiences
Stars & Stripes
Female alumni of the Naval Academy reflect on the 40 years since women first graduated.
- “It changed me forever” USS Cole survivor reflects on the 20th anniversary of the bombing
A veteran of the Cole attack will commemorate its 20th anniversary while deployed again.
- USS Cole Namesake was Driven by Uncommon Valor
Named for a Marine, the USS Cole’s crew shared his common virtue of uncommon valor.
- An overdue homecoming: 77 years later, Marine finds his way home
After 77 years, Marine Pfc. Louis Wiesehan, Jr., has finally returned home.
Military Family News
- A Legacy Of Service - A Mission Of Honor
A surviving mom shares the loss of her son in the USS Cole attack 20 years ago today.
- DOD's COVID-19 Response Illustrates Commitment to Families, People
While the impact of COVID-19 has been an unexpected challenge to implementing the NDS, it hasn't stopped the department from prioritizing its people and families.
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