The TAPS Daily - October 13, 2020
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- Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court hearing day 2: 6 key highlights
Judge Amy Coney Barrett has spent much of her confirmation hearing invoking what’s known as the “Ginsburg rule”, refusing to provide a position on whether she agreed with past precedents.
- U.S. coronavirus: 'Hunker down' because the fall COVID-19 surge is here
As predicted, the U.S. is now grappling with a new COVID-19 surge -- one that could overwhelm hospitals, kill thousands a day by January and leave survivors with long-term complications.
- The Navy celebrates 245 years of service, but it wasn't always such a sure thing
On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution establishing what is now the United States Navy.
- Army chief of staff: COVID-19 having effect on troop suicides
Army Chief of Staff General James McConville said Tuesday that he sees a direct correlation between COVID-19 and the rise in troop suicides.
- Retiree checks to rise 1.3% in 2021 amid coronavirus fallout
Social Security recipients will get a modest 1.3% cost-of living-increase in 2021, but that might be small comfort amid worries about the coronavirus and its consequences for older people.
- Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Illegally Issued Border Wall Funds
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled President Donald Trump violated the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution when he sidestepped Congress for border wall funds.
- Home Sweet SCIF: Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley Describes Working in Self-Quarantine
Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley sought to assure the nation that national security was unaffected by top commanders working at home after isolating due to coronavirus exposure.
- FBI: Group accused of plot to kidnap Whitmer also talked about targeting Northam
The group of men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) allegedly also discussed similar plans targeting Virginia's governor, Ralph Northam (D).
- Army Museum to officially open Veterans Day 2020
The National Museum of the United States Army plans to open to the public for the first time on Veterans Day.
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
- Retired Military Pay, VA Disability and Social Security Pay Increases for 2021
Each year, military retirement pay, Survivor Benefit Plan Annuities, VA Compensation and Pensions, and Social Security benefits are adjusted for the rate of inflation.
- Free Child Care on Election Day Offered to Families
Families can get up to four free hours of child care on Election Day this year thanks to a partnership between Care.com and the Armed Services YMCA.
- Democrats accuse VA secretary of campaigning for Trump, GOP on official time
Congressional Democrats are accusing VA Secretary Robert Wilkie of using his position to stump for President Trump’s re-election instead of focusing solely on department needs.
- Can the military prosecute decades-old rape cases? The Supreme Court will soon decide.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on cases today that could open the door for prosecuting decades-old rape allegations previously prohibited due to a five-year time limit.
- IAVA calls for marijuana to be removed as Schedule I drug
The Department of Veterans Affairs has long used marijuana's position on the federal controlled substances list as a reason not to incorporate it into veterans' care.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- The man behind the Faces of COVID Twitter account wants to help America face its grief
When Alex Goldstein first set out to memorialize Americans who died of COVID-19, he was overwhelmed by the vastness of the task ahead.
- Waves Of Grief Can Last An Entire Lifetime
I’m learning to co-exist with grief. I’m learning to accept it and find grace for it. Because though grief isn’t a lifelong battle, grief can be a lifelong experience.
- 'Brain fog' following COVID-19 recovery may indicate PTSD
A new report suggests that lingering "brain fog" and other neurological symptoms after COVID -19 recovery may be due to post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Anxiety, Depression Increased During Pandemic. Why Not Loneliness?
When the pandemic hit, mental health professionals predicted lockdowns and social distancing would result in a wave of loneliness. But researchers say that hasn't happened.
- Army to change how missing soldiers are reported six months after death of Vanessa Guillén
Task & Purpose
After a summer of seemingly-never-ending bad news regarding missing soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, the Army is changing its policies for how missing soldiers are reported.
- Pararescuemen Receive Bronze Stars with Valor for Supporting Security Forces in Afghanistan
Two pararescuemen received the Bronze Star medal with Valor earlier this month for separate missions to support special forces teams clearing Taliban compounds in Afghanistan in 2019.
- No D.C. low-flying protest helicopter investigation results
Four months later, still no answers about the low-flying helicopters over D.C. protests.
- Memory of 17 killed in Cole attack, heroics of survivors honored at 20th anniversary memorial
The Navy held a remembrance ceremony Monday honoring the 17 sailors killed in the jihadi bombing of the guided-missile destroyer Cole in Yemen 20 years ago.
- 22 service members test positive for COVID-19 in South Korea
U.S. Forces Korea announced Tuesday that 22 USFK-affiliated service members tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea from the United States.
- Hundreds of Asymptomatic Airmen to Be Tested in COVID-19 'Surveillance' Study
The Air Force plans to test hundreds of active-duty volunteers for COVID-19 to determine whether identifying infected, asymptomatic individuals can help prevent outbreaks.
- First survey of West Point cadets' attitudes about civil-military relations raises concerns
USMA said the research “is important as it has the potential to shape our sense of what we ought to be doing to educate and to socialize cadets to our Army’s professional norms and values.”
- Montana National Guard aircrew rescues hikers at 9,300 feet
Task & Purpose
A Montana Army National Guard medevac team rescued two hikers from the Holland Peak area Oct. 5 after one of the hikers developed a life-threatening medical condition.
- Marine Corps to limit travel for upcoming birthday balls
Marine Corps Times
The Marine Corps will limit travel for guests of honor for birthday balls due to fiscal and safety reasons, according to a recently released administrative message.
- Montford Point Marine Posthumously Awarded Congressional Gold Medal
Montford Point Marines fought in the Pacific, with Okinawa being their biggest battle, even while they were victims of racism and segregation.
- 2 D-Day vets, one of whom served with ‘Band of Brothers’ Easy Company, pass away
Task & Purpose
Decorated World War II D-Day veterans Steve Besse and Bill Wingett both have passed away.
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