The TAPS Daily - October 16, 2020
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- TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Family Program
Register to join us this weekend for the TAPS Virtual National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Family Program.
- TAPS In Action - TAPS Policy Team advocates on behalf of surviving military families
TAPS is committed to supporting and advancing policy and legislation to strengthen the families of America’s fallen military heroes.
- In open split, top general, national security adviser clash on Afghanistan troop withdrawal
President Donald Trump's top military chief and national security adviser are in open disagreement about U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- Future of coronavirus relief bill uncertain as White House and Democrats continue negotiations
The White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi inched closer to a deal on coronavirus relief legislation, but opposition continues to dim prospects for a bill ahead of the election.
- Here's what you need to know about the new Army and Navy national museums
The National Museum of the United States Army next month and the Navy has unveiled plans for a National Museum of the U.S. Navy in the nation’s capital slated for 2025.
- Sharing Love One Mask at a Time
TAPS Survivor Care Team manager shares her motivation to make masks during the coronavirus pandemic and how sewing is an important part of her self-care routine.
- Hispanic family defines meaning of service
We Are The Mighty
National Hispanic Heritage Month honors those who have positively influenced and enriched American society - like the nine Fuentes brothers who all answered the call to duty.
- Mom makes elaborate Halloween costumes out of cardboard boxes. Get her step-by-step guide
You don’t need to spend much on a Halloween costume when cardboard boxes abound!
TAPS In the News
- A Second Chance and a Family Healed
A TAPS survivor shares how going to the Montana Men's Retreat helped him take a burden from his shoulders and his heart as well as heal his family.
- Grandma's Garden of Life
TAPS Outdoors Manager shares lessons learned from her grandmother and how even in her death she made life’s blooms brighter and fuller.
- A Comforting Companion for the Journey
The TAPS Peer Mentor program can offer you the opportunity to make a difference or provide strength and encouragement as you cope with loss.
- 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
- State health officials tell Congress they need $8.4B for COVID-19 vaccination effort
State health officials are urging Congress to provide emergency funding to distribute a coronavirus vaccine, warning they lack enough money to carry out the immense logistical effort.
- SecDef Esper Calls for More Defense Dollars to Offset Gains by China and Russia
The U.S. military is ready to fight tonight, but it won't be in the future unless Congress continues to boost defense budgets, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday.
- Military families using Tricare Young Adult facing spike in monthly fees, advocate says
Military families whose children are enrolled in Tricare Young Adult will see their monthly costs increase next year by up to 22 percent, according to a military family advocate.
- Here Are Your 2021 FEDVIP Dental and Vision Rates
Military retirees and their families as well as military dependents can now see what options they will have available to them for vision and dental insurance in 2021.
- Army announces a $2.8 billion family housing investment over the next five years
Stars & Stripes
Money will be used for 3,800 new homes and renovations for 18,000 homes at Army bases.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Military suicide deaths increased in the spring, latest DoD report says
Task & Purpose
The report shows suicide deaths increased for the months of April, May, and June, coinciding with the novel coronavirus pandemic that began sweeping through most of the country.
- Eight Questions That Can Help You Survive Election Stress
Americans are stressed out by their presidential election. These questions will help you check in with yourself—and perhaps boost your resilience.
- Saints player Malcolm Jenkins says therapy helps him cope with stress
This two time Super Bowl champion attends weekly therapy to help him cope with stress and he wants young men to know it’s not a weakness.
- Man 2.0: How to Help a Man in Need with Mental Health
Society is changing, and we can come together to learn how to better support men.
- Teens Did Surprisingly Well in Quarantine
More sleep and family time—and less social media—may have made the difference.
- Friends focus on mental health in "Teenager Therapy" podcast
The free-flowing format and focus on mental health draws more than 100,000 downloads per episode, and recently caught the attention of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
- Video: Finding Balance in the Midst of Grief
Video recording discussion on the process of mourning your loved one while forging a new life without them.
- Don’t Know How to Support Your Grieving Loved Ones? There’s an App for That
South Seattle Emerald
An app is helping people to know exactly what kind of support a bereaved person needs.
- Services met recruiting goals as COVID forced military to modernize, SECDEF says
The military has recognized the importance of meeting Generation Z where they are - online - but it wasn’t until shelter-in-place orders forced them to really put those plans into action
- Navy finds new COVID cases aboard previously virus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt
The Navy has discovered new COVID-19 cases on the USS Theodore Roosevelt six months after an outbreak aboard the vessel launched a scandal that included the firing of the ship’s captain.
- The First Space Force Recruits Are Headed to Basic Military Training
U.S. Space Force may not yet have its own boot camp, but the service's very first direct enlistees are about to head to entry-level training nonetheless.
- Trump Endorses Bin Laden Navy SEAL Conspiracy Theory
President Trump lends credibility to anti-military conspiracy theories.
- Montana Ridge Named in Honor of Airmen Who Died in Crash
An area of Montana countryside where four Air Force pilots crashed and died in 1962 was named in honor of the fallen service members.
- Family of contractor killed during AF training exercise awarded $25M in wrongful death suit
Stars & Stripes
Charles “Chuck” Holbrook was killed January 31, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range when he was shot by an instructor pilot and a student pilot during a training exercise.
- Liquidated Glassets: The Beauty is in the Bottle
Alexandria Living Magazine
This National Guard Soldier and TAPS Good Grief Camp mentor is now a vetrepreneur too having launched a creative skill into a business asset with the help of friends.
- National Restaurant Educational Foundation recruit effort
A new initiative, Restaurants Recruit, seeks to help the military community connect directly with restaurant and foodservice careers.
Military Family News
- This Military Spouse Scientist Can Help You Deal with COVID
This PHD’s credentials as an Air Force spouse bolster her insights beyond understanding not only the coronavirus pandemic, but how it impacts military families in particular.
- Grief and pride: Azerbaijani family mourns lost soldier
The family has been visiting the soldier's grave daily since his death just under two weeks ago.
Banner photo courtesy of the School of Advanced International Studies | John Hopkins University.