The TAPS Daily - October 19, 2020
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- U.S. Coronavirus Cases Climb Toward A New Peak
The U.S. is now climbing steadily toward a new peak in cases that may soon rival the summer surge — when the country hit more than 60,000 infections on average a day for weeks in a row.
- COVID-19 stimulus updates: Pelosi sets deadline, McConnell pushes bill
The clock is ticking to reach a COVID-19 stimulus deal after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set a Tuesday deadline for both sides to agree on urgently needed benefits before Election Day.
- Vets suicide prevention training, 3-digit emergency mental health crisis line signed into law
President Donald Trump signed into law bills to help prevent veterans suicide, including establishing a new three-digit national crisis line similar to 911 for mental health emergencies. TAPS has provided key support on both pieces of legislation.
- Supreme Court to hear case over use of DoD funds for Trump border wall
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that it improperly diverted defense money to build portions of the border wall with Mexico.
- Joint Chiefs members cleared to return to work at Pentagon after self-quarantine
The nation’s top military leaders have been cleared to return to work at the Pentagon after having self-quarantined following the positive COVID-19 test of a senior Coast Guard official.
- Trump says Sudan will be removed from terrorism list
President Trump says Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism after it paid $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families.
- New monument at Arlington National Cemetery honors women in military
The life-size bronze sculpture, titled "The Pledge," shows a woman in full combat uniform bonding with a service dog.
- This 14-year-old girl won a $25K prize for a discovery that could lead to a cure for COVID-19
As scientists race to find a treatment for the coronavirus, a young girl among them stands out.
- How To Vote In The 2020 Election
A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19.
TAPS In the News
- Forest Bathing: Why Soaking In Nature Can Improve Your Health
Since forest bathing involves movement, it’s also a great mindfulness practice option for people whose energy resolves with activity rather than rest.
- 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
- Tester, Takano Demand Answers on Politicization of VA and Potential Hatch Act Violations
Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders press VA Secretary for information following reports of targeted assistance using taxpayer dollars to President Trump and 2020 Republican candidates.
- Military retirees, federal employees will pay more for health insurance in 2021
The Office of Personnel Management announced on October 14 that federal employees and military retirees will pay an average of 4.9% more in health care premiums next year.
- Military cannot produce documentation supporting trans ban
The military is having a hard time providing evidence in support of its transgender ban.
- Legendary WWII Jungle Fighters Finally Have the Congressional Gold Medal
President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal for the legendary all-volunteer jungle fighters of World War II known as "Merrill's Marauders."
- Federal judge halts Trump's proposed food stamp cutback for 700,000 Americans
A federal judge ruled eliminating a food stamp program radically alters decades of regulatory practice and exponentially increases food insecurity for tens of thousands of Americans.
Grief / Mental Health / Wellness
- Second Lady Karen Pence Highlights President's Executive Order to Safeguard Americans' Mental Health and to Prevent Suicide
Second Lady Karen Pence visited the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a roundtable discussion on mental health. TAPS was present for the event and is a member of the PREVENTS Task Force.
- We can't ignore COVID-19's impact on youth mental health
Young Americans are increasingly battling COVID-19 while experiencing social isolation, loss of connections, loneliness and mental illness in record numbers.
- Removing Cops From Behavioral Crisis Calls: 'We Need To Change The Model'
In the largest and boldest urban police reform experiment in decades San Francisco is changing how it responds to most calls for people in a psychiatric, behavioral or substance abuse crisis.
- What is controlled breathing, and how does it reduce stress?
The mental and physical health benefits of daily breathwork.
- My Beloved Husband––My Kids’ Amazing Dad––Died, And We Have To Talk About It
I make it a point to be honest with my kids about my emotions, because I want them to be honest about their own. It’s how they will learn empathy for others and find grace for themselves.
- How I'm Creating the Grief Vocabulary My Language Doesn't Have
After my mom died, I quickly realized I needed different words of support.
- DoD's historic COVID response has pulled from every branch, active, reserve and Guard
DoD resources played a larger role in the response to the national COVID-19 emergency than possibly any other homeland event in U.S. history.
- Report: Spy plane monitored protest where Guard head lives
A peaceful protest in a suburb that's home to the head of the California National Guard was among demonstrations monitored by National Guard spy planes earlier this year.
- Marine veterans say amphibious assault vehicles are 'death traps' following deadly accident
Task & Purpose
A sinking Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle is a "death trap" because of how hard it can be to get everyone out alive, Marine veterans told Insider after a deadly incident this summer.
- Anchorage military ordered to avoid bars and restaurants
Stars & Stripes
Personnel stationed at a military base in Alaska's largest city were ordered to avoid bars and interior dining at restaurants amid rising coronavirus cases on and off the base.
- Marine Vet Former Rep. Duncan Hunter to Serve Sentence at West Texas Prison Camp
Former Representative Duncan Hunter will serve his 11-month sentence for conspiring to misuse campaign funds at a West Texas prison camp, his attorney said Friday.
- Community providers: online courses about Veteran care - VAntage Point
VA is offering new online courses to community providers. Subjects include military culture, suicide prevention and other topics unique to caring for veterans.
- Air Force 'Candy Bomber' Glides into Milestone Birthday
Air Force Colonel (retired) Gail S. Halvorsen changed the course of history with just two pieces of gum. Now has made a bit of his own history. Halvorsen turned 100 years old this month.
Military Family News
- Now's the time for parents to decide on enrollment in 2nd semester of DoDEA's Virtual School
The enrollment period for the second semester of Virtual School is now open for children who are eligible to attend DoD schools on military installations around the world, grades K-12.
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